AVLIC's Transition from a "Working Board" to a "Governance Board"

Further Details about AVLIC's Transition from a "Working Board" to a "Governance Board" 

Hello members, 

As has been mentioned in previous communication to members, AVLIC will be going though a number of transitions in the coming months, mainly the transitions include the hiring of additional staff to support the Association thus allowing for the Board to transition from a "working board" to a "governance board".  An announcement was distributed from the Staffing Task Force that focuses on the hiring of an Executive Director, and now we would like to provide you with an update about the transition from a "working board" to a "governance board".


At the recent Board meeting on October 24-25, 2015 in Montreal, in addition to the regular business meeting, the Board received training on transitioning from a "working board" to a "governance board".  This training was provided by AVLIC's Parliamentary Advisor, Maureen Haan, President and CEO at Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW).  


The training included:


For a clear understanding of what the difference is between a "working board" to a "governance board", please review the definitions below. 

(Current) Working Board: 

Board members are involved in the daily operations of the association - from addressing and sending mail / e-mail, drafting / editing / implementing policies, coordinating and attending meetings, vetting all correspondence, etc.  

(Future) Governance Board: 

A governance board is forward thinking and focuses on envisioning the future of the association; the vision and mission are in the forefront of the minds of the board while working to advance the profession.  One of the main focuses is on fundraising (research funding opportunities) to ensure there are available funds to pursue new initiatives and further current programs. Another focus will be increasing the strength of our relationships with members, associations of the Deaf, Interpreter Education Programs and other stakeholders via meetings and other methods of dialogue. This governance work is made possible because many of the administrative tasks that the Board has historically done will now be accomplished by staff. 


The transition in board governance models will allow the AVLIC Board to shift its focus from the everyday tasks of running the Association to a more long term approach.  As a governance board we will be able to use our time to devise strategies to advanced the profession while working with the vision and mission of AVLIC. The goal is to give the Board the time and space to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to the advancement of the profession and supporting our stakeholders and members. 


While we currently have one full time administrator and a part-time CES administrator, who work diligently, their plates are full and many administrative tasks are not able to be fulfilled by current staff. 


This change will allow AVLIC to grow in many ways, including taking on new initiatives, improving processes and communication and focusing on our relationships with members and all stakeholders. 


Your Board and members who the Board has spoken with already are very excited about this change and all the possibilities that it includes.  We are still learning about what our new roles will look like and are working though the details of this change; however, we are committed to keeping you informed of the transitions that are underway. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Jocelyn Mark, AVLIC President at president@avlic.ca.