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Position: President (Chair)
Type: board of directors positions / unpaid
Organization: Edmonton Forest School Society
Location: Edmonton, Alberta (local candidates preferred)

Edmonton Forest School Society (EFSS) is a not-for-profit society that aims to connect Edmontonians to our incredible River Valley.

We are a group of parents, teachers, and community members who came together to ensure our children, the next generation, become resilient, empathetic, adventurous environmental stewards who care and protect our greatest resource; the natural world.

EFSS Board of Directors is seeking a passionate, organized, leader to be our president!

The president chairs monthly board and executive committee meetings, working with our small team of staff and board members to coordinate committee work. We are looking for someone who has the energy to unite our board around our mission! See the full job description below. We are a volunteer, working board.

Interested? Email Tara at taralmacd@gmail.com . Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

Term

The chairperson/president is elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. They serve for a two-year term. They may be released at the end of the elected term, by resigning, or according to Edmonton Forest School Society’s bylaws.

General Duties

  • Provide leadership to the board of directors
  • Make sure the board adheres to its bylaws and constitution
  • Prepares the board’s agenda with input from board members and the senior staff person
  • Chairs meetings of the board
  • Encourages board members to participate in meetings and activities
  • Keeps the board’s discussion on topic by summarizing issues
  • Keeps the boards activities focused on the organization’s mission
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the board’s decision-making process
  • Chairs meetings of the executive committee
  • Makes sure that the committee chairpersons are appointed
  • Orients board members and committee chairpersons to the board
  • Serves as ex officio member of committees and attends their meetings when needed
  • Makes sure there is a process to evaluate the effectiveness of Board Members, using measurable criteria
  • Recognizes board members’ contributions to the board’s work
  • Acts as one of the signing officers for cheques and other documents, such as contracts and grant applications
  • Plays a leading role in supporting fundraising activities
  • Promotes the organization’s purpose in the community and to the media
  • Prepares a report for the Annual General Meeting
  • Orients the new Chairperson

Interested?

Email Tara at taralmacd@gmail.com . Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.


 

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Topical Links & Resources:


About Forest Schools & Nature Schools
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_school_(learning_style)
https://google.ca/search?q=%22forest+school%22

To find a forest school near you, try googling "forest school" or "nature school" or "outdoor school" or "farm school", quotes included, plus the name of your city, town or region.

Forest school teacher training
https://childnature.ca/forest-school-canada/
https://forestschools.com/training-help/forest-schools-practitioner-trai...
https://google.ca/search?q=Forest+School+Practitioner+Certificate
https://google.ca/search?q=forest+school+teacher+training

Organizations & resources
* Take Me Outside https://takemeoutside.ca/
* Child and Nature Alliance https://www.childnature.ca
* Outdoor educators of Ontario https://www.coeo.org/
* Ontario society for environmental education https://osee.ca/
* EECOM https://eecom.org/

* Outdoor Education, Environmental Education - orgs, schools, links, resources
Outdoor ed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outdoor_education
https://google.ca/search?q=%22outdoor+education%22
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Outdoor_education
Enviro ed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_education
https://google.ca/search?q=environmental+education

* Early childhood education (ECE)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_childhood_education
https://google.com/search?q=Early+childhood+education
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Early_childhood_education

* Nature Deficit Disorder - "a range of current child health issues arising from a lifestyle that focuses on screen time rather than outdoor exploration"
About: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_deficit_disorder
Search: https://google.com/search?q=%22nature+deficit+disorder%22
News: https://news.google.com/news?q=%22nature+deficit+disorder%22

* Last Child in the Woods
https://google.com/search?q=%22Last+Child+in+the+Woods%22
Richard Louv https://richardlouv.com/
https://google.com/search?q=%22Richard+Louv%22

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Aug 2 2022    ID: 65271