Nutrition North Canada Seeks Members for Advisory Board
Nutrition North Canada is now seeking Northerners interested in becoming a member of the program's External Advisory Board.
The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide information and advice to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development to help guide the management, direction, and activities of the program. The board is designed to give Northerners a voice to influence the management and effectiveness of the program.
The Role of the Board
- Represent the perspectives and interests of northern residents and communities in relation to the management and effectiveness of the program.
- Collect, analyze, and integrate relevant information regarding the operational effectiveness and shortcomings of the program, and consider policy or management changes within budgeted resources.
- Liaise with experts in the field of transportation, distribution, nutrition, public health, community development, retailers, wholesalers, etc., in order to gather information to make recommendations.
- Review and consider all aspects of the program in terms of ways in which they serve the interests of northern residents or how they could be improved.
- Develop consensus positions and strategic advice on matters related to the program, and communicate those views to the Minister and senior departmental officials on an annual basis.
- Alert the Minister to matters related to the program that may require action or management decisions on a priority basis.
- Be knowledgeable of the program's objectives. The ability to expand public awareness of the program will be an important asset.
- Experience in any of the following is considered an asset: Aboriginal community leadership, public health, northern retail business, and transportation.
- Be capable of being fair and impartial, and be without financial or other direct interest in the program.
- To serve in their own right, not as representatives of any particular organization, area, or special interest.
- Members will be chosen on the basis of their merit and standing as individuals in the community.
The Board will meet on a scheduled basis three times a year. An annual report must be prepared by the Board for the Minister at the end of each year. The Chair of the Board (and possibly Board members) may occasionally meet with the Minister or departmental officials.
Board members will be appointed to a three-year term, renewable on a yearly basis after the initial three years.
Board members will be reimbursed by INAC for expenses related to their duties as Board members, and given a small honorarium for their participation in each of the three meetings that will take place each year.
Interested candidates should complete the Advisory Board Membership Application Form available on the INAC website and send it along with their resume to:
Nutrition North Canada
10 Wellington Street, 6th Floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H4
The deadline for application is Friday, September 17, 2010.