The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers regulates the practice of social work in the province. The Association is governed by a board of directors who shall manage and conduct the business and affairs and exercise the powers of the association for and on behalf of the association.
The board consists of a president; a president-elect; the immediate past-president of the association; seven persons who will be directors of the board; and four persons appointed by the Minister who are not members of the association who are suitable to represent the public interest.
Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed board members can enhance effectiveness by bringing a wider range of perspectives and knowledge. Examples of such backgrounds may include:
The following attributes are important considerations in selecting members:
Board meetings generally last two hours and are held approximately six times per year via teleconference. All Board members meet face to face at least once a year in St. John’s. Board members are expected be diligent in preparation for meetings. Each board member is essential therefore attendance at meetings is critical for effective decision making. Board members also engage in other activities between meetings that are in keeping with their prescribed role.
Additional time is usually required in preparation for Board meetings. In addition, members are required to attend the Board’s Annual General Meeting, any education sessions and strategic planning sessions.
A member may be elected for a term set by the by-laws which will not exceed three years and is eligible to be re-elected, but will not serve as a member for more than nine consecutive years. Where the term of office of a member of the board expires and a successor has not been elected or appointed, the member may continue to hold office until a successor is elected or appointed but the time served by that member will not be counted.
Elected members will serve without payment for their services, but their travel and other expenses associated with their duties as members may be paid by the board. The board will pay the expenses of a person appointed by the minister in accordance with guidelines established by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.