CCI-Review - 2020/2021 - #1

… Finding and Recruiting Good Board Members

commitment. Be upfront about how much time and work commitment will be required. New board members will not be appreciative if they are told there will be little commitment, but are subsequently asked to attend numerous meetings and get dozens of e-mails a week. Thinking honestly about the time commitment also provides boards with a good opportunity to reflect upon the level of work that is required of volunteer directors: is the corporation being reasonable in its requests of directors? Are appropriate processes in place to ensure that the time commitment is reasonable? Is there a better way to handle communication with owners or communications between board meetings? 5. Highlight Education. Board members are required to take mandatory on-line training courses and have opportunities to self-educate. Do not relay this as being onerous or a burden, but rather as beneficial. Board members need to understand the responsibilities of condominium boards and their

role in the management of a corporation. Without appropriate and ongoing education, mistakes can be made, and some mistakes can prove to be very costly, simply because the board did not know better or were not up-to-date with current legislation. Highlighting the education and supports available to board members can be useful so that potential board members do not feel like they are unqualified because they have not yet taken the training. 6. Match interests and needs. Strike a balance between people who are passionate about the community and the needs of your board. It is important to have board members who are active in the community, but you may also want to look at board members with professional experience that is relevant: engineering, accounting, project management, human resource management skills, and so on. A good way to look at it is, a board is managing a business. Experience and expertise is required.

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