Board of Governors
A Message from Peter Wilde, Board Chair
(Originally published in Spring 2019 Edition of the Live More Community Paper)
Welcome to the fourth edition of Northwood’s Live More community paper. Rounding out a full year since we began this publication gives me even more of a reason to take a look back and appreciate everything we’ve been able to accomplish at Northwood and for the people we serve.
The staff at Northwood have been working extremely hard to prepare for our visit from Accreditation Canada at the end of February. I am beyond happy to report Northwood has been accredited with Exemplary Standing. This is a tremendous feat for Northwood. Accreditation Canada represents the gold standard when it comes to health-care in Canada – it means Northwood’s commitment to quality care has been recognized formally. The buzz of excitement from Northwood staff I pass in the hallways is almost palpable. It’s one thing when I say Northwood staff are incredible but to have a third party organization give their stamp of approval is another. You can read the full article on page 4.
You may have heard the buzz about our latest expansion – Northwood has broken ground on a brand new Apartment building in the Parks of West Bedford, directly behind Ivany Place. The building will be called Northwood Place. Find out how you can reserve your unit at Northwood Place on page 12.
In this edition you’ll also find information about the opening of our new Adult Day Program location in Dartmouth. We are extremely proud to be able to expand and address the need in another community. We are in the planning stages of a fourth Adult Day location. You can see photos of our new Dartmouth location on page 22.
We have several stories about Innovative projects happening at Northwood, one of those being Caring Canines, a research project with Mount Saint Vincent University which has a dog named Bella living with
residents at Ivany Place. You can learn more about the project and why Bella has moved in on page 11.
I hope you enjoy this edition of our community paper and reading about the wonderful things that have been going on at Northwood over the last few months
About the Board
Northwood’s Board of Governors is elected by the corporate membership at its annual general meeting in June.
- Each member serves a regular term of three years.
- There are no less than ten and no more than fourteen people on the Board at any one time.
In selecting individuals to serve on the Northwood Board, we consider the skills sets required by the Board using a combination of scanning results, dialogue at the Board table, reviewing internal and external factors that the organization may be facing facing in the future and looking at the directions being pursued by Northwood in the next number of years. We further nominate new members to our Board based on a number of considerations including how the candidate’s contribution will compliment the strengths of other Board members, range of skills, interest, knowledge, diversity and available volunteer time.
- As a “committee of the whole,”the Board sets organizational ends, develops policies that provide clear direction to the Chief Executive Officer for the successful operation of the organization and monitors whether these policies are being successfully met within the limitations set.
- The Board realizes its strategic direction and governs Northwood through active and effective governance mechanisms that include: Ends Policies; Executive Requirements; Governance Process and Northwood Board’s Reserve Decisions.
- The Board establishes and maintains an interactive relationship with the community it serves and in relation to established strategic directions.
- The Board performs an advocacy role as appropriate and required.
Join our Board of Governors and help make a difference!
Northwood is the largest not-for-profit continuing care organization in Atlantic Canada, but what does this mean for you? It means that Northwood is a place of “firsts.” When life changes, and society changes, Northwood leads the way, incorporating revolutionary designed, responsive care. From new ideas to new technologies, we are empowered to do this, because our focus is on people, not on profit margins. We have led the way for 53 years as Nova Scotia’s most dynamic continuing care organization committed to innovation and change. We are recognized both here at home and across Canada as an extraordinary example of the power of social justice.
With annual expenditures of $90 M, assets of $100M, and a staff and volunteer force in excess of 2000 people, we serve over 6500 clients daily, primarily throughout Nova Scotia.