Call for Board Nominations

Dear Prospective Candidate;

Thank you for your interest in serving in a volunteer role on the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association Board of Directors!
The Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA) is a non-profit organization and the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of Boccia in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote, and advance the sport in the country.

The CCPSA’s broader mandate is to support anyone with physical disabilities access quality sport activities.

Our Vision
Canada is a leading nation in boccia and Canadians with physical disabilities have access to quality sport programming.

Our Mission
We lead, develop and grow boccia from grassroots to producing World Champions, and we collaborate with partners to increase participation of Canadians with physical disabilities in sport.

Our Core Values

  • Excellence: We strive for excellence in our organization, our people, and our performance, both on and off the field of play
  • Resilience: When things get tough, we hang in there, and adapt to overcome challenges and obstacles
  • Inclusivity: We create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for everyone to participate
  • Collaboration: We work as a collective, towards our shared goals
  • Integrity: We stand-up for what is right and act honestly

Directors Board Opportunities – Positions up for election

  • Director at Large (3 positions)

NOTE: The goal in 2023 is at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to fill one of the Director at Large positions with a retired competitive boccia athlete. The criteria for this position is: a boccia athlete retired from the National Team within the last eight (8) years as of the date of election to the Board.

Should a candidate not put their name forward, the Nominations Committee may choose to fill the retired athlete position with another candidate.

Directors Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
CCPSA is committed to attracting, developing and celebrating a diverse Board of Directors that reflects the community we serve. As a result, CCPSA is actively committed to equity and the principles of diversity and inclusion and invites applications from all qualified candidates and encourages candidates to indicate, voluntarily in their application, if they are a member of an underrepresented group. We invite and encourage individuals fromdiverse lived experiences from people with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, communities of colour, 2SLBTQIA+ community and all candidates who may contribute to the further diversification of CCPSA’s community.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

The Nominating Committee will screen all nominations received to ensure that they meet the minimum qualifications required at law for a director (an individual, at least 18 years of age, with capacity, and not bankrupt).

Nominations will then be reviewed and evaluated against the skills, expertise, and diversity. The Nominating Committee may interview selected candidates and finally make a list of recommended candidates inadvance of the Annual General Meeting on September 14, 2023. All candidates will be notified once a decision is made.

Length of Term
Directors shall be elected for a two-year term, except where an election is held to fill the unexpired portion of aterm. Directors may serve a maximum of three terms.

Directors Commitment
The Board meets a total of 2 hours every second month virtually, plus at minimum for one (1) in-person meeting over three-days per year. There may be some additional meetings on an ad hoc basis to consider time-critical matters.

Elected Board members will complete Abuse, Harassment and Discrimination training and complete a PoliceRecord Check, as requested, and as per the CCPSA Screening Policy.

Elected Board members will read and ensure they understand the content of the CCPSA Organization Policies.

CCPSA is a Program Signatory of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC). This means that any allegation of maltreatment or other prohibited behavior, as defined in the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent andAddress Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS), against a UCCMS participant of the CCPSA must be filed directly with OSIC: All such complaints or reports will then be addressed according to the policies and procedures of the OSIC.

Elected Board members are required to complete, sign and return the OSIC Informed Consent form.Roles and Responsibilities
Board Members are responsible for acting in the best long-term interests of the organization and the communityand will bring informed decision-making, a broad knowledge, and an inclusive perspective.The Board will support the work of the CCPSA and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance, while annual business operations are led by CCPSA’s Executive Director (ED).Board Member responsibilities include:

  • Participating in the review of CCPSA vision, mission and objectives and in the development of a Strategic Plan.
  • Providing guidance and leadership to the ED as s/he implements the CCPSA Strategic Plan andannual Operational Plan.
  • Reviewing outcomes, expected results, and Key Performance Indicators created in CCPSA’s StrategicPlan and annual Operational Plan for evaluating impact, and regularly measuring organizational performance and effectiveness using those metrics.
  • Preparing for, attending and participating in board meetings including the Annual General Meeting.
  • Participating in the approval of CCPSA’s annual budget, audited statements and monitoring financial performance of CCPSA.
  • Being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Contributing to the ED annual evaluation.
  • Participating in the hiring of, and if required, the releasing of the ED.
  • Helping to establish, review and monitor CCPSA Policies.
  • Participating in the evaluation of the Board itself (Annual Board Self-Evaluation).
  • Identifying prospective Board Members and help to recruit them.
  • Participating in professional development programming offered to the Board.
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments if required.
  • Being an ambassador for CCPSA – ensuring involvement is known within one’s network of friends and contacts and keeping informed about community issues relevant to the mission and objectives of CCSPA.
  • Engaging in identifying and securing the financial resources, revenue diversification, and partnerships necessary for CCPSA to advance its mission.
  • Listening to others’ views and advocating one’s own; identifying common interests and alternatives, and being open to compromise, while at all times exercising respect and fostering a collegial, inclusive, welcoming environment.
  • Supporting governance decisions once made.
  • Abiding by the by-laws, code of conduct, conflict of interest, and other polices that apply to the Board.
  • Maintaining confidentiality as required by contracts, in camera sessions, and other business as it comesup.

Directors Competency
The CCPSA Board of Directors has identified four priority areas, in addition to several other preferred skills and competencies for incoming Board Members:

  • Experience with Disability Organization and/or livedexperience
  • Revenue Diversification experience (i.e., sponsorship, fundraising, grants, etc.)
  • Good Governance
  • Legal background
  • Strategic Planning
  • Board of Director Experience
  • Boccia athlete
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Succession Planning
  • Advocacy/Lobbying
  • Human Resources
  • Financial Management
  • Risk Management

Any individual who is eighteen (18) years of age or older, has the power under law to contract, who is not an employee or a paid contractor of CCPSA, and who supports the aims and objectives of CCPSA may be nominated for election to the Board of Directors.

Service on CCPSA’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and Accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.

Eligibility Candidate Application Package
To be considered by the CCPSA Board of Directors, please include the following items:

  • Cover letter (max. 500 words) including why you would like to serve on the CCPSA Board and the value you would bring to the Board and organization.
  • Resume/CV with overview of your experience and qualifications in relation to the above criteria.
  • At least one (1) letter of reference, that supports the applicable or related skills and competencies listed above.

If you have questions regarding your candidate application package, please contact Peter Leyser, Executive Director at [email protected] or by calling (613) 748-1430 x 1

Please submit your completed application by 4 p.m. ET August 18, 2023, to the attention of Peter Leyser [email protected]. All candidates will receive a notice of receipt.

We thank you for your time and interest in the CCPSA!

About the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association

We lead, develop and grow boccia from grassroots to producing World Champions, and we collaborate with partners to increase participation of Canadians with physical disabilities in sport.

Media Contact

Holly Janna
Communications Lead and National Team Coordinator, CCPSA
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 613-748-1430 x3 | Cell: 514-944-5193