So you want to be Director on the OSCA Board...
What a great idea, not only will you be able to contribute to the leadership of guidance and career education in Ontario, this is the best professional development you can experience.
The board is structured with a President, three vice-presidents, and three directors in each of three committees:
- Legislation - oversees the rules and regulations of the OSCA board;
- Professional Development - oversees our conferences;
- Communications - oversees production of OSCA Today.
The vice presidents are aligned with the committees and comprise the Executive of the Board with the President. We also have an Executive Director and an Executive Administrator that are responsible for OSCA's daily operations.
Board members and the executive meet face-to-face four times per year. The executive get together for one extra day at each meeting to discuss strategic planning. We also meet online, or via teleconference between meetings, when we have extra work to be done.
Typically the meetings are Thursday evenings, all day Friday and Saturday morning. OSCA pays for your accommodation and food, as well as your travel expenses to get to the board meetings.
Board members and executive also regularly meet with representatives from colleges, universities and the Ministry of Education.
We offer three AQ courses as an accredited provider through the Ontario College of Teachers. These courses were written by counsellors for counsellors.
To become a board member you must be nominated by two OSCA members, and fill out the nomination form. Next, you will be asked to present yourself at the Annual General Meeting which is scheduled on the Monday during the November conference. This way we get to know you a little and then members can vote to elect you to the board. All voting is done electronically.
Your term on the board lasts three years, that way you can be part of each committee, or perhaps stay on the same one if possible. Of course, if there are extenuating circumstances you can terminate your commitment earlier.
It is possible to run directly for the Executive, or you can run for Executive once you are a board director. After being on the executive you can run for the position of President which is a two year term.
This is a very collaborative board, always looking for new ideas, ways to support our membership and to develop resources to assist in the delivery of guidance and career education. As a board member, you will be privy to information about all new Ministry initiatives, what is happening in post secondary education, and what other organizations are working with OSCA to provide quality programming.