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National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) seeks applications for British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Territories Directors

(Ottawa,  December 8, 2022)

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is seeking applications for  British Columbia Director, Manitoba Director, New Brunswick Director, Prince Edward Island Director, Nova Scotia Director and  Territories Director as a number of members of our current board are reaching the end of their three year terms. All persons interested in a position on the board must be regular members in good standing, that is students with disabilities enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution or recent graduates with disabilities who have graduated within the last five years.

The NEADS Board of Directors is composed of eleven seats; there are ten provincial Directors (British Columbia Director, Alberta Director, Saskatchewan Director, Manitoba Director, Ontario Director, Quebec Director, Nova Scotia Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Director, Prince Edward Island Director, New Brunswick Director), one territorial Director. We also have Directors at Large positions, which are currently filled. Candidates for the positions of provincial/territorial Directors must be students or recent graduates with disabilities, residing in and/or attending a post-secondary institution in the geographic location they seek to represent. NEADS Board members will be expected to attend up to twelve (12) monthly Board  meetings on Zoom, as well as one in-person Board meetingper year, funding permitting. Board members are also expected to participate in and chair NEADS standing and project committees, and take part in virtual Committee meetings. Provincial/territorial Board members also represent their Province/Territory on the Board, serve to bring the work of NEADS to their jurisdiction, as well as to bring local issues to the national table. Board members may participate in local, regional and provincial committees and activities, within the framework provided by NEADS mandate and mission.

No prior participation in the disability or student movements is required to join the NEADS Board. Members who have strong skill sets in governance, fundraising, finance, social media and membership/partnership outreach are especially welcome. Any interested and enthusiastic NEADS member with relevant skill sets and a strong work ethic is encouraged to seek election. If you would like to become a member of the NEADS Board, please complete and sign the Nomination Form as specified online and submit it by NO LATER THAN January 30, 2023: http://goo.gl/TS7F5r   

Our Alberta Director and newly-appointed Chair, Adam David, would like to extend the following message to prospective applicants: “With a number of spots becoming vacant on the board, we’re very excited about the direction of the organization and the ways in which this change can promote innovation, new perspective and dynamic teamwork on the board. We look forward to receiving your applications.”

This is a great opportunity to be involved in the National Educational Association of Disabled Students, to represent the issues of Canadian disabled persons in college and university studies and the employment market. We encourage applications to our Board of Directors that reflect the diversity and intersectional nature of our community of post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities.

If you have any questions, please contact: Frank Smith, National Coordinator: frank.smith@neads.ca

Time Commitment: Board members will attend up to 12  virtual meetings on Zoom per year, each lasting  one to two hours, as well as one in-person Board retreat per year, dependent upon funding, that typically runs Friday-Sunday. Board members are also expected to serve on at least one committee, and attend regular committee meetings Note: Prospective Board members may come from a variety of backgrounds: for example community service, student leadership, provincial and regional committees, etc.; or may come from none of these backgrounds. Although specific skill sets are not required, prior experience in Board governance will be a strong asset. Interest in, and experience with, establishing regional and national projects, programs; grant funding and financial management would also be an asset. A strong commitment to participate and engage with the volume of Board business is a must. All interested members are encouraged to apply; you must have a willingness to learn and apply that learning while on the Board.

NEADS Board of Directors application form:

PLEASE COMPLETE ALL QUESTIONS IN THIS APPLICATION (email it in a Word attachment to frank.smith@neads.ca) or complete the online application and submit it.

Section A: Candidate Information (Note that your contact information will NOT be disclosed to the NEADS membership in the Candidate Information presented for the elections)

Name:

Primary Mailing Address:

City:

Province:

Postal Code:

Telephone: ( )

Email:

Name of your School:

Year of Graduation: _____________________________________ Degree Type:

o Arts & Science Bachelor’s Degree

o Master’s Degree

o Doctorate Degree

o Professional Degree (e.g., medicine, engineering, law, social work, pharmacy, nursing, etc.)

o Certificate

o Diploma

Section B: Referees – Two referees are required, who can speak to your skill sets, previous volunteer record and achievements.

Referee #1

Name:

Primary Mailing Address:

City:

Province:

Postal Code:

Referee #2

Name:

Primary Mailing Address:

City:

Province:

Postal Code:

Section C: Previous Volunteer/Leadership Experience and Personal Statements

Please tell us about your previous volunteer, extra-curricular and leadership experiences, and how they have prepared you for serving on the NEADS Board? (250 words or less)

Based on what you know of NEADS, why do you want to join the Board of Directors? (250 words or less)

How do you plan to further NEADS’ mandate and mission (as outlined in the organizational value proposition statements) in your province, region or school? (250 words or less)

What specific area of the Association’s work do you believe that you can most influence?

Why?

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, tel. (613) 380-8065, ext. 201

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