Calgary Quest Children’s Society – Board of Directors (3 – 4 Positions)

Overview of the Organization

Calgary Quest Children’s Society (CQCS) is a charitable organization driven by its mission, vision, and values which focus on our students, families, and community.

Every child and young adult can learn and deserves the chance to be everything they can be. At Calgary Quest Children’s Society, this belief guides everything we do. Our family of caring and dedicated professionals takes the time to get to know your child and their needs. We deliver individualized learning for students with special challenges to ensure they reach their full potential.

Calgary Quest School (CQS) is our oldest and largest program. It provides an educational and therapeutic program for students with moderate to severe disabilities from the ages of 6 to 20. All students who meet the criteria are funded by a combination of Alberta Education funding and school fees.

Calgary Quest School operates out of an elementary school in the Southwest quadrant of Calgary. The school is leased from The Calgary Board of Education (CBE), and the site serves approximately 150 students, provides offices for the school’s administration team, therapists, eleven classrooms, and a brand-new Distance Learning HUB.

Our second division, Calgary Quest Resources (CQR) operates our new programs:

Centre for Opportunity – The Centre for opportunity is a transition to adulthood program for young adults with disabilities. The program is designed to enhance life skills for the home and in the community, use of technology, health and wellness, leisure activities, and more.

Before and After Care – Before and Aftercare provides our students with a safe place outside of scheduled school hours. Students will participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

Quest Adventure Camps (QAC) – QAC offers an engaging and fun Summer Camp experience for Campers of All abilities aged 6 – 19. There is a new theme every week and specialized life skills camps for older campers aged 10 – 19.

The Role of a Director

As volunteers, Board members commit approximately five to eight hours per month to Board-related activities, including preparation for and participation in Board and Committee meetings and participation in school community events.  Directors identify and develop relationships, build alliances and networks, and leverage resources in support of CQCS.  They also support the Board’s responsibility to ask critical questions and assess information to support good governance, planning, and stewardship functions. Board Directors serve a one-year renewable term.

Specific responsibilities of all elected members of the Board of Directors include:

  • Strategic planning and evaluation
  • Promotion and support of the mission and vision of CQCS
  • Support for fund development
  • Financial and risk management; and
  • Head of School performance management and succession planning.

 

The Candidate

CQCS seeks to create a Board whose members possess and demonstrate a combination of attributes, expertise, social capital, competencies, and occupational backgrounds so that collectively, it has access to a broad range of experiences, perspectives, information, connections, and skills to carry out its governance, planning and stewardship functions. The Board is currently seeking three or four new members with some of the following skills/experience:

  • Diverse skill sets in areas such as marketing and communication, finance, administration, media relations, law, fund development, audit and/or investment management, business, governance, facility development, and/or policy development.
  • Team player contributing to positive and productive discussions.
  • Demonstrated ability to devote time to attend meetings and review all information prior to Board Meetings.
  • Commitment/interest/passion on issues related to our student population.
  • Diverse background and/or work area in the health system, social services system, education system
  • Previous board experience with other community organizations
  • Strategic thinker with innovative ideas and big picture perspective; and
  • A focus on accountability and oversight of the achievement of strategic and organizational goals.

If you are a committed team player who aligns with our organizational values:

SAFE

Building an environment where student and staff safety is a concern shared by everyone.

RESPECTFUL

Treating others, ourselves, and our environment with high regard and value.

INCLUSIVE

Creating an environment that recognizes and values the unique differences across our community by supporting everyone to do their best.

CARING

Providing a caring and compassionate environment for staff, students, and their families.

SUSTAINABLE

Enriching our practices to nurture, protect, and guide our resources – human, financial, and environmental – into the future.

 

Please submit a cover letter stating your interest and outlining how your knowledge, skills, and experience meet our requirements and will help develop and grow our organization. Please apply by Feb 18th, 2022, to the People, Policy and Governance committee c/o rizalynj@calgaryquestschool.com.