Elections 2012-2013 * DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS EXTENDED*
OPIRG-Toronto is pleased to announce its annual election for its Board
of Directors, now scheduled for Monday, April 16, 2012.
Nominations are open from 9:00am on Monday March 26, 2012 until 5:00pm
Monday April 2nd, 2012. To receive nomination packets please write to Chief
Returning Officer for OPIRG's 2012 elections, at email@example.com, or drop by
the OPIRG office Monday-Thursday 11 am-6 pm to pick one up.
Completed nomination packages MUST include 10 signatures from members
of OPIRG-Toronto and include the following:
- the completed nomination form
- the completed questionnaire
- a brief statement about why you would like to join the Board of
Deadline for Nominations
Extended: Nominations must now be dropped off to the OPIRG Toronto office
by Thursday April 5th, 2012
at 5:00 pm.
Polling will be held at the OPIRG office (563 Spadina Crescent) on the
16th of April from 11:00am to 3:00pm and during the Annual General Meeting from
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at OISE (252
Bloor Street West), room 5250. Election results will be announced that evening.
We look forward to your participation and encourage interested OPIRG
members to run!
**What is the OPIRG-Toronto Board of Directors? **
With 30 years of commitment to social and environmental justice,
OPIRG-Toronto is a campus-based group with a mandate for research, education
and action on issues of social and environmental justice. OPIRG-Toronto is a
student and community funded and volunteer-driven organization that works to
empower students and community members, to give people the tools and the
opportunity to work cooperatively for a more just and healthy society.
The Board of Directors is the decision-making governing body elected
annually to uphold OPIRG-Toronto's organizational mandate. It implements
policy, approves programming, manages the annual budget, and acts as an
employer for two full time, unionized staff members. Board members are
responsible for decisions made at Board meetings.
OPIRG-Toronto Board members work collaboratively with staff and
OPIRG-Toronto knows and believes that socially marginalized groups are
often in better positions to understand how systems of oppression, power, and
privilege function and are maintained. We especially encourage people with
experiential knowledge of racism, colonization, poverty, transphobia,
homophobia, ableism, and sexism to apply for the Board of Directors.
**Reasons You Should Join the OPIRG-Toronto Board **
• Learn new/more skills and
• Meet and get to know new
friends on campus, allies and collaborators
• Experience/gain decision
making skills on an organizational level, and as an employer to staff
• An amazing way to enhance
your school experience by layering it with aspects of organizing in issues of
social and environmental justice
**How does the OPIRG Board of Directors work? **
Board changeover takes place one week after the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Training for the new Board
will take place through a Board Retreat, and also at the OPIRG Provincial Board
Training School in October (a great time to network with Board members of PIRGs
from Ontario—there are 11 PIRGs in Ontario). We ask that all individuals who
are running for the 2012-2013 Board of Directors make a one-year commitment to
OPIRG-Toronto. The level of participation and involvement of Board members may
vary depending on financial constraints, office hours, outreach, holidays, and
the going-ons of life—we understand all of this.
The OPIRG-Toronto Board meets 3-4 times a month. All incoming Board
members need to commit to attending these meetings, as well as joining a Board
committee and volunteering for office hours.
**What do I need/ How do I join the Board?
1. A strong commitment to social and environmental justice
2. An integrated analysis of the intersections of oppression
3. A completed nomination form
4. Completed short questionnaire to submit with your nomination package
5. Write a brief statement (one paragraph) about “who you are”- this statement must be included
with the nomination form and will be circulated to all voters at
**If you have any questions, please contact the Chief Returning Officer
of the 2012-2013 elections by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.