Dear Beloved Friends,
We are one week from elections and we want to ensure that the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton continues to progress with involvement from its members and leadership from the elected governance. Below are listed positions that we will be holding elections for. If you believe that you may be suitable for one of these positions please feel free to contact us or attend the Annual General Meeting and announce your candidacy.
President – provides leadership and guidance for the board of directors. Acts as the spokesperson on behalf of the society and chairs most of the meetings of the society.
The ideal candidate will thoroughly understand the affairs of the society, the standard operating guidelines of non-profit societies, understand the objectives of the society and able to display leadership in management affairs.
Requirements: Has been a director with the society for 1 term within the previous 10 years or an active member with the society for the previous 5 consecutive years.
Must be over 18 without a criminal record.
The remainder of the candidates must be over 18 without a criminal record.
Vice President – Replaces the president in the presidents absence. Chairs the Personnel and Heritage Festival Committee. Also in charge of the boards affairs with respects to the Alberta Corporate Registry.
The ideal candidate will have some experience in management position and be familiar with government organizations like corporate registry and the city’s various departments.
Treasury – Responsible for the financial affairs of the board. Book keeping, financial statements and revenues/expenses for the society.
The ideal candidate is an accountant or has extensive experience with book keeping and financials.
Secretary – Responsible for board meeting minutes, record keeping, membership matters and registrar of members.
The ideal candidate will have great organization skills and understands the standard operating procedures for board of directors.
Public Relations Director – Responsible for updating members with information, e-mails, social media and communication for the society.
The ideal candidate will be bilingual in English and Farsi. Understands how social media works and understands the implications/difference of emotional response versus diplomatic response.
2 Other Director positions will be elected but the specific titles of those will be appointed by the board. The two positions will normally consist of a variety of experiences including but not limited to; cultural and historic knowledge of Iran, music, event organization, sponsorship and grant/charitable status knowledge, youth, etc..
The President is the only titled director position that is individually elected by the members. The other director positions will be appointed to each directors at the first board meeting. These positions put in valuable personal time into progressing the Iranian community and we want to thank any potential candidates in advance. A reasonable expectation of commitment is roughly 4 hours every 2 weeks throughout the year. Events such as yalda, nowruz and heritage add hours to this 4 hour commitment based on the event and collaboration with the different committees. Sitting on a board like this can help you gain priceless knowledge of organizational governance and help to establish important contacts with different boards, members and government contacts. It also adds great volunteers experience to the resume and gives you the opportunity to give something back to the Iranian community while helping shape the direction the community takes in moving forward.
We wish everyone luck and hope to see you all at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday.