Ontario Peer Development Initiative board nominations now open

The Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI) will have at least two director positions to fill at its annual general meeting September 22nd, 2016.  Please read the attached letter to member organizations and forward it to anyone within your member organization whom you feel might make a good director.

To be eligible, candidates must have direct and personal lived experience of recovery from mental health and/or addiction issues connection to an OPDI member organization - whether as a staff, or a volunteer, or a member in good standing
knowledge and experience to contribute to a well rounded, skilled and diverse team.

Directors do not represent their own organization, but rather the needs and interests of member consumer survivor initiatives and peer support organizations and the people served by them.  While representation is not organized around geographic areas, we do attempt to ensure that voices from all parts of the province are included.

The Commitment

OPDI's Board has nine director positions in total.  Each term of office is for two years, and a director may be re-elected for two additional terms (six years maximum).  The Board meets in person four times a year on a Saturday/half-Sunday in Toronto, and may also hold brief teleconferences and electronic votes as needed, between meetings.  Much of the work is carried out in committee of the whole during these board 'retreats', although from time to time ad hoc committees are struck for specific short tasks.

Nomination Process

An application form is attached and is due by July 29th.  Please note, a letter from your member organization will be required, confirming that you are a member, staff or volunteer in good standing and that your organization is supportive of your application.

The Nominating Committee will set up interviews with viable candidates during the week of August 8th, and will prepare a slate for dissemination to the membership by August 22nd.  The AGM will take place on September 22nd.