Board Recruitment

Board of Directors issues Call for Nominations
Alisha Michaels and Amanda Stevens, co-chairs of the board’s nominating committee, have issued the official Call for Nominations.

The board is actively recruiting to fill the following positions:

  • Director:
    • Six 2-year terms (April 2022 – 2024)
    • One 1-year term (April 2022 – 2023)
  • Committee Members:
    • Finance & Audit
    • Governance
    • Government Relations
    • Nominating

RisingOaks Early Learning is governed by a volunteer board of directors in a policy governance model. Day-to-day operations are delegated to the CEO. The board sets direction via the mission, vision, values, strategic plan, governance policies and budget. Their key role is to direct and protect. The board has adopted the Governance Excellence Model (GEM) to guide its work.

As a board, we are working to be a leader in challenging systemic bias and barriers by learning together and reflecting on our policies and practices. As we enter into this recruitment cycle to find new directors to join the board, we are looking to balance the competencies and skills needed with a diversity of experiences and perspectives. The following have been prioritized for this recruitment campaign:

  • General skills: strong communication skills, collaborative decision-making skills, effective leadership skills, good time management skills to ensure appropriate preparation for meetings and discussions.
  • Governance competencies: strategic thinking, understanding of governance, enterprise risk management, accounting designation, legal. Previous board experience is helpful but not necessary.
  • Perspectives: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), male perspectives (the board is predominantly female right now), lived or work experience in DEI and anti-racism work

With your help, we can create a sense of belonging for all and support each child, educator/staff and our community to reach their full potential.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Apply Today

A completed board application + resume is required to apply.

Submit your application and resume via email to by January 21, 2022, at 12:00 pm to be considered.



What to Expect

Hours of Meeting Preparation, discussion and debate
Board Commitment: 3-hour orientation in April, 3-hour Board meetings bi-monthly starting in May; one full-day development session in October, on average, about 5 hours per month. Committees meet bi-monthly or quarterly for 2-hours each.

No wages... it's a volunteer position

Thanks and recognition offered regularly
Volunteers are valued and appreciated. We provide small tokens of appreciation throughout the year. More importantly, you gain recognition from your peers and a boost to your resume, as volunteering on a governance board is highly regarded. 

High stakes - it is child care, after all
The Board is accountable for the overall governance of RisingOaks - establishing policy, setting the strategic direction for RisingOaks' future and monitoring the overall performance of the Board, the CEO and the organization. So, lend your skills, expertise and voice to an important issue - one that affects all our children. Together, we can make a difference.

Opportunity for personal and professional growth
Develop leadership skills, gain experience in governance, strategic planning, risk management and much more. These skills are easily transferred into the workplace to enhance your career. Training is provided at our Annual Board Development Day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is entitled to stand for election to the Board of Directors?
  • Nominees for the Board of Directors may be RisingOaks' members or non-members.
  • Employees, their spouses or partners, are not eligible to stand for election