In 2008, there were 14,403 substantiated cases of child abuse in Alberta.*
36% of adults in Alberta have experienced some form of abuse in their youth.*
90% of children and youth supported by the Zebra Centre know their offenders.
Police receive 5 times more reports of sexual violence to children than adults.**
*Alberta Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect, 2008. Child Abuse and Mental Disorders in Canada, 2014.
**Stats Canada, Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2011.
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The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Zebra Child Protection Centre Society and is responsible for exercising governance authority, setting policy direction, and implementing the Zebra Centre's Strategic Plan including its Mission, Vision, and Values in all areas.
From time to time, opportunities arise for general and executive board members to replace outgoing members. When vacancies present, any interested member of the public may apply.
We are currently seeking lively, engaged, skilled individuals to become part of a strong, diverse team as a General Board Member.
The Board is comprised of executive members (Officers), general members (Directors), and partner liaisons who work in collaboration with our multidisciplinary partners to achieve an integrated and effective child advocacy centre in Edmonton.
Being a member of the Zebra Child Protection Centre Board is a rewarding and meaningful volunteer experience. As the governing body for the Zebra Child Protection Centre, the Board helps to address the needs of the children and families we serve, and the requests of staff, stakeholders, and donors.
Board members are actively engaged by management to provide strategic direction for the Zebra Centre rather than providing tactical or operational advice.
The Zebra Centre Board attracts excellent candidates. As a multidisciplinary organization, diversity within the Board is of high importance. Members from different disciplines and backgrounds are of great value and are essential in achieving the Zebra Centre's vision, mission, and development of the strategic direction of the Zebra Centre.
Board members serve a three-year term with the option of one renewal term. Board members attend approximately 10 meetings a year. All meetings are in Edmonton; however, participation by phone and video conference is available. A general Board member commits on average between 35-40 hours a year, with executive members committing upwards of 75 hours a year.
A large component of Zebra Centre's success relies on public awareness and education. As an ambassador of the Zebra Child Protection Centre, all members are expected to assist in fundraising initiatives which can include but are not limited to: attending events, recruiting donors, leveraging connections and recognizing donors for their contributions. In addition, Zebra Ambassadors are expected to spread the word and gain exposure for the Zebra Centre, our support services programs, and increase general awareness surrounding child abuse.
Meet at least 10 times per year
Sit on one or more committees of the Board
Attend various child protection related events during the year
Serve as an ambassador for the Zebra Child Protection Centre and its' support services programs
Willingness to progress into Board Leadership roles
We are looking for individuals who have significant experience and can provide insight and guidance to the organization. Some of the key characteristics and traits being sought include:
Ability to provide insight and counsel to the strategic direction;
Strong business acumen, organizational development and use of technology to enable organizations;
Experience and understanding of key themes such as quality improvement, risk management;
Proven business leadership;
Self-starter with the ability to absorb information and synthesize into constructive feedback;
A short list of candidates will be presented to the Board of Directors. Candidates will be invited to attend a tour of the Zebra Child Protection Centre. Candidates must be approved by the board before they are offered the opportunity to join the Board of Directors.
New members begin their term in June with an on-boarding period over the summer. During this time the Board Chair will meet with the successful candidates to plan their committee and volunteer commitments for the coming year.
All candidates are important and bring value. Based on the makeup of the current Board of Directors, there may be some skills that the Board is seeking over others. Skills are broken up into areas related to expertise, knowledge of industry, areas of inclusiveness and diversity and connectivity to the Zebra Centre, including past volunteerism. As a result, unsuccessful candidates will remain on the applicant list for two years for future consideration.
For those interested in becoming a General Board Member, the Zebra Centre asks that the following information be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: General Board Member Application.
A person’s CV or resume
A letter of intent explaining their interest
Selected candidates must successfully pass an Edmonton Police Service/RCMP and Children's Services security clearance before being accepted as a member.