Is there someone in your congregation who is ready and able to contribute at the national level? In May, 2018 there will be two people stepping down from our national board. Keith Wilkinson (BC Region) and Susan Ruttan (Western Region) are nearing the end of their three-year terms.
Susan Ruttan believes there are some real rewards when serving on the CUC Board. She has found it a rewarding experience in many ways.
“Before joining the national board, I was intensely involved in my own wonderful congregation,” Susan says. “Being part of the national board has allowed me to know and embrace our Canada-wide movement. That means making friends with people from congregations across the country, knowing our wonderful national staff, and understanding the strengths and challenges that we have as a national organization”.
As a national board member, Susan’s travel and accommodations expenses are paid to attend the national conference and the annual May board meetings. She and her fellow board members hold a four-day retreat in Toronto each fall in a retreat centre – they do lots of work, but also have fun and get a chance for spiritual growth.
Before joining the CUC board, Susan was on the national nominating committee. Both experiences, she says, have helped her become a national Unitarian.
The work of the Board takes place in a variety of venues, both in person and online. Board meetings are often conducted using video teleconferences when not conducted in person. Documents are accessed online and email communication is important. Prospective nominees would:
- ideally, participate in two on-line board meetings as observers on March 27 and April 24, 2018 (2.5 hours each, 7 p.m. Eastern time).
- ideally, attend the May 2018 board meetings before the Annual Meeting in Hamilton for a focused orientation.
- commit to attend the September Board Retreat in Mono, Ontario from September 27 – October 1.
- Possess a high level of technical competence with online platforms, specifically Google Drive, or be willing to acquire this competence
- ideally, attend regional gatherings to connect with the congregations in the board member’s region.
Like the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the CUC Board uses a modified policy governance model based on the work of John Carver. It is largely the responsibility of the Executive Director to interpret approved goals & priorities, and direct the staff to carry them out. Acknowledging that there is sometimes more work than time or staff, the board has also decided that they will have more involvement in fund-raising, networking and special projects.
For more information contact the Nominating Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.