Call for Nominations 2018

Call for nominations
To the OMSSA Board of Directors

The Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) is inviting nominations for the Association’s Board of Directors. 

Members will be elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting of the Association for a two-year term of office. For the 2018-2020 term, there are five (5) vacancies to be filled on the 9-member Board. This year’s Annual General Meeting is being held in the City of Windsor on Tuesday May 29th, 2018.

Skills, knowledge and expertise

The Board is seeking nominations that will reflect the diversity of the membership it serves, including: demographic, linguistic, economic, geographic, gender, cultural, ethnic, sectoral i.e. housing and homelessness, children’s services, income security, emergency services and social characteristics of the Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs) and District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs), as well as communities served by the organization.

The OMSSA Board of Directors will reflect a complimentary mix of skills, knowledge and expertise. The skills, knowledge and expertise that will be considered include, in no specific order, the following:

  • Sector/industry specific (human services/municipal/DSSAB) knowledge/experience i.e.
  • Children’s services
  • Income security
  • Emergency services
  • Housing and Homelessness *(Housing sector experience is preferred)
  • Strategic planning
  • Critical thinking
  • Business management
  • Human resources management
  • Government and government relations
  • Political acumen
  • Risk management
  • Financial expertise
  • Board and governance
  • Public affairs and communications
  • Ethics
  • Demographic considerations

 Behavioural Qualities

 The Board requires all Board members to:

  • Commit and adhere to the vision, mission and core values of the organization;
  • Act with honesty and integrity;
  • Understand a director’s role and fiduciary duties, and the role of the Board;
  • Think strategically;
  • Work as part of a team;
  • Communicate effectively;
  • Have or commit to acquire, financial literacy appropriate to OMSSA as a non-profit organization and the scope of OMSSA’s activities;
  • Be willing to devote the time and effort required to be an effective Board member, including attendance at Board orientation, Board retreats, Board meetings, committee meetings and organization events;
  • Be free of conflicts that would impede a director’s ability to fulfill his or her fiduciary duties;
  • Demonstrate ability to recognize and manage specific conflicts of interest that arise from time to time.

Important dates and commitments 

This year’s Annual General Meeting and Board elections will be held in the City of Windsor, Ontario on Tuesday May 29, 2018, during our annual Leadership Symposium.

Submitting nominations

Nominations may be sent to the OMSSA office via and to the attention of Elaine Baxter-Trahair, OMSSA President, by April 6, 2018.

You will need to download and complete the following forms as part of your application: Nomination form,  Application for membership and Schedule A-Knowledge, skills and experience check list as nominees are required to complete these. We also request that nominees provide a current profile (resume) that exemplifies the experience and attributes that align with the list of competencies outlined above. 

Thank you and we look forward to and appreciate hearing from those seeking the opportunity to volunteer on behalf of your Association.


Elaine Baxter-Trahair

OMSSA President