We are seeking inspired and motivated volunteer board members to oversee the activities of our organization for 2017 and 2018 (High Park Zoo’s 125th anniversary). As we further execute our Master Plan to enhance and sustain High Park Zoo, we require directors to steward the undertaking of these improvements including planning, procurement and fundraising. FHPZ currently plans to break ground on Master Plan projects in 2017. For more details, visit http://www.highparkzoo.ca/masterplan/
In 2017, FHPZ expects to elect up to five directors each on two-year terms.
This year’s election will be held at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday March 26, 2017 at Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive – on the east side of High Park in Toronto from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. http://www.howardparktennis.com/about-us/location/
Each year the Board of FHPZ completes an evaluation of its directors’ skills and experience and identifies its future needs. In light of FHPZ’s strategic plan and organizational performance, the Board prioritizes the skills and abilities most important to fulfilling its governance function over the coming years.
In 2017, the Board is particularly seeking candidates with experience, among other things, in the areas of Fundraising and Grant Writing and Development and Project Management. The Board will make its recommendations based on the extent to which each candidate exhibits experience in the priority areas and other attributes. See Experience below.
If you (or a Member that supports your nomination) are eligible and believe you align with the Vision, Mission and Values of FHPZ and have the passion and experience to be an effective Board member, please nominate yourself (or a Member) by submitting your resume and a cover letter (the Member’s contact information) by Friday March 3, 2017 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. References may be requested. See Eligibility below.
All applications must be submitted electronically to: email@example.com
If you have any questions regarding this process please contact John Formosa, Chair FHPZ Board of Directors, at firstname.lastname@example.org
FHPZ is governed by an elected volunteer member Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of no fewer than five (5) and no more than nine (9) Directors serving either one or two-year terms. Officer positions include: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
To be eligible to be nominated, a FHPZ Board candidate must be a Member in good standing, at least eighteen (18) years of age and legally capable of serving as a director of a not-for-profit corporation in Ontario (see details below).
To be eligible as a Member in good standing of FHPZ, a donation during 2016 (or by March 3, 2017) must have been made to FHPZ or on behalf of FHPZ to the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. (Visit http://www.highparkzoo.ca/participate for more information.) Members can nominate themselves or other Members to be Board candidates.
FHPZ was formed in 2012 to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the Zoo remained open in the wake of City budget cuts. FHPZ is a registered not-for-profit corporation created expressly to generate support for High Park Zoo. FHPZ is seeking Board candidate nominations of individuals with one or more of the following areas of expertise:
About High Park Zoo
Established in the 1893 for deer, the Zoo’s animal paddocks have always been a popular attraction. Today, over 120 years later, the Zoo’s eleven paddocks are home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.
The Zoo is free to the public and attracts over 720,000 visitors each year. The Zoo is open every day from 7:00 am to dusk. The Llama Pen is open weekends and statutory holidays allowing visitors to feed and pet the llamas from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm beginning in April until the end of October.
About FHPZ – highparkzoo.ca
FHPZ was formed in 2012 to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the Zoo remained open in the wake of City budget cuts for the 2012 and 2013 operating years. With the City restoring operating funding in 2014, FHPZ looks to raise sustainable funding from individuals, corporations and local businesses to enhance and sustain the Zoo. Since 2015, FHPZ has embarked on a Master Plan to enhance and sustain the Zoo for the next 125 years.
FHPZ is a registered not-for-profit corporation created expressly to generate support for High Park Zoo. FHPZ accepts donations directly and through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, a registered charity.
VISION: To ensure there is always a free community zoo in High Park for families to enjoy.
MISSION: To enhance High Park Zoo for the benefit of all visitors by leading activities that engage the community, while promoting education, awareness and fundraising for the Zoo.
Accountable – we will be responsible, transparent and accountable to all of our stakeholders
Professional – we will at all times conduct ourselves in a manner that is both professional and respectful
Collaborate – we will work collectively with each other and others in order to achieve our goals
Community oriented – we will engage in initiatives and activities that support High Park Zoo and the community
Duties and Responsibilities of Board Members – Friends of High Park Zoo
Independently, as a Director, and collectively, as a member of the Board of Directors, a Friends of High Park Zoo (“FHPZ”) Board member assumes responsibility for:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Required Legal Qualifications of a Director Under Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA)
A director must be:
The by-laws may have additional qualifications. Refer to section 23 of ONCA.