Board of Governors
A Message from Peter Wilde, Board Chair
(Originally published in Fall 2018 edition of Northwood Live More Community Paper)
Northwood’s vision speaks to a commitment that grew out of a journey dedicated to helping older adults and people at risk live more. We’re proud of our person-centred approach. We make the clients the focus of our efforts. It’s an approach that relies on staff working together to deliver the best possible service. Whether working at the bedside, in the community or providing support services, Northwood staff not only care for people but also care about people. September is Continuing Care Month, and what better time to extend a huge thank you to our dedicated staff and volunteers that make everything we do here at Northwood possible. We continue to strive to be an employer of choice for those entering the continuing care profession.
Northwood’s Board of Governors sets out the strategic directions of the organization and monitors their progress. We want to ensure that our entire community knows about that progress.
In this issue of the Northwood community newspaper, you’ll hear about our commitment to advocacy through stories about Pride Week and Northwood’s partnership with MacKenzie Atlantic. You’ll better understand how we’re strengthening our programs to suit the changing needs of our clients after reading a Live More Park update and learning about the Mobile Food Market. We’ll demonstrate our commitment to promoting Northwood through a story about our partnership with Oculus. And we’ll tell you about our most recent efforts to build for a better future with an update on the construction projects at the Halifax Campus.
If you’re holding this newspaper, it means you’re a valued member of the Northwood community. We hope that it is and continues to be a resource for you to receive the information you need. We welcome story ideas and submissions for future issues. This newspaper belongs to the whole Northwood community – if there’s something you’d like to read about, we’d like to hear from you.
The full edition of the Fall 2018 Northwood Community Newspaper can be found online.
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.
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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.