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The Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic is a not-for-profit corporation in Ontario and is funded by Legal Aid Ontario. As a corporation, it is governed by a Board of Directors.

What is a Board of Directors?

Our Board of Directors is comprised of 9 community members from different backgrounds and areas of expertise. It operates largely as a policy board which means that it is not involved in the day to day operations of the clinic.

Board Members are elected for a two year term with the option to renew with a maximum of 6 consecutive years. The selection of new members is completed through an informal process by nominations and votes, during the Annual General Meetings usually held each September.

Members are expected to be able to communicate in English and in French pursuant to the clinic’s French designation obligations.

What is a Board Member?

A Board Member is a volunteer member who shows an interest in community service and shares the clinic’s vision on improving the quality of life for its community members.

Board Members are elected for a two year term and must stay current with their annual $2.00 membership fee. A term may be renewed, however may not be in excess of six (6) consecutives years.

The selection of new members is completed through a nomination and voting process during the Annual General Meeting (AGM), usually held each September. Candidates interested in becoming board members must send their curriculum vitae together with the candidate form to our office no later than 14 days prior to our Annual General Meeting. They must also purchase a membership card ($2.00) in order to participate at the AGM, which can be done prior to the commencement of the meeting.

Members are expected to be able to communicate in English and in French pursuant to Clinic policies.

We encourage those who have not been selected in a particular term due to limited space, to continue submitting their candidacy for future terms.

If you have any questions regarding the policies on becoming a Board Member, please contact Marie Laforge, Office Manager, at (519)253-3526 ext. 27 or you may add your question in the Contact Form below and submit it.

What are the responsibilities of a Board Member?

The Board is responsible for setting policies and ensuring guidance to the overall functioning of the clinic including guidance to the Executive Director. It is also responsible in the hiring process of the Executive Director and the staff lawyers.

Board Members also act as liaisons to the clinic with various communities and community organizations while representing the interests of Anglophone and Francophone communities as well as the immigrant community.

How often do they meet?

° Regular Meetings
There are ten working meetings throughout the year which are mainly held on the fourth Monday of each month with some flexibility to schedules. There is no formal meeting in July for the summer.

Generally, the Board meetings are held in French and the minutes are prepared in that language but members who do not speak French, but understand it, can participate fully in the meetings.

° Special Meetings
September’s Board meeting hosts the clinic’s Annual General Meeting and is usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of October.

December’s gathering is reserved for our staff Christmas dinner celebration.

A planning meeting is held once a year and the focus for that agenda is devoted to strategic planning of future clinic priorities and evaluating outcomes of past priorities.

Standing committees

The Board has two standing committees: the Executive Committee and the Membership and Recruitment Committee. All other committees are struck on an ad hoc basis and meet as needed. The Board meetings and the Committee meetings are rather informal with a good amount of respectful discussion. The current members of the Board have expressed their satisfaction with how the meetings unfold and the work that is accomplished.

If you wish any further information on the clinic or the functioning of the Board, please contact the Executive Director of the Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic, Kevin Pinsonneault, at 253-3526 ext. 24 or the Office Manager, Marie Laforge, at 253-3526 ext: 27.

If interested in becoming a member, please download and print our fillable Clinic Membership Registration Form. If you have any further questions/comments please use the form below.

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