National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) seeks applicants for its Board of Directors - due July 13, 2015

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is seeking applications to its board of directors in four positions: Quebec Director, Manitoba Director, Saskatchewan Director and Territories Director.

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. 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 a minimum of twelve (12) monthly Board teleconferences, as well as one to two in-person Board meetings per year, funding permitting. Board members are also expected to participate in and chair NEADS standing and project committees, and take part in Committee teleconferences. 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, 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 a position on the board.

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 July 13, 2015:

Time Commitment:

Board members will be expected to attend a minimum of 12 teleconferences per year, each lasting up to 2 hours, as well as 1-2 in-person Board retreats per year, dependent upon funding, that typically run Friday-Sunday. Board members are also expected to serve on at least one committee, and attend regular committee meetings by teleconference as required. Communication within the Board is primarily by email and telephone; members are also expected to keep up-to-date with and respond to, as necessary, all correspondence.

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:


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)
Primary Mailing Address:                                    
City:                     Province:      Postal Code:                 
Telephone:    (    )                 
Name of your School:                                     
Year of Graduation:              _____________________________________

Degree Type:
     Arts & Science Bachelor’s Degree
     Master’s Degree
     Doctorate Degree
     Professional Degree (e.g., medicine, engineering, law, social work, pharmacy, nursing, etc.)
Section B: Referees – Two referees are required, who can speak to your skill sets, previous volunteer record and achievements.

Referee #1
Primary Mailing Address:                                                                          

City:                     Province:      Postal Code:                 
Referee #2
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?