At every Annual General Meeting of the PEI Home and School Federation, about half of the positions on the provincial Board of Directors become vacant, and nominations are sought from home and school members across the province to fill these positions.
About the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs of the PEI Home and School Federation; the Federation exists to support our members, home and school associations in the 56 English-language schools in Prince Edward Island. The Board manages the budget of the Federation, organizes the Annual and Semi-Annual meetings of the Federation, oversees the Provincial Office in Charlottetown, and helps to guide Federation policy.
The Board of Directors consists of a 5-person executive, and 10 Regional Directors, one from each family of schools in the Public Schools Branch (a “family of schools” consists of all the elementary, intermediate, consolidated, and high schools that send students to each of the high schools in the province):
- Regional Directors
- Charlottetown Rural
- Colonel Gray
- Three Oaks
Terms for all positions are two years, and elections are held at the Federation’s Annual General Meeting in April of each year.
There are 5 board meetings per year, held in the evening, in September, November, January, March, and May.
Meetings generally run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with a light lunch provided.
Meetings alternate between the Summerside area and the Charlottetown area.
Mileage costs are covered for travel to meetings.
What does a Regional Director do?
Each Regional Director is a full-fledged member of the Board of Directors, has a vote on all issues considered by the board, and participates actively in all decisions reached by the board.
Regional Directors have a general responsibility to bring forward concerns raised by the local home and schools in their family of schools, and to communicate provincial issues back to local associations.
Regional Directors also have the opportunity to represent their family of schools on the District Advisory Council for their area, although this is optional.
Under Section 8 of the Federation Bylaws, each year a Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors is struck, chaired by the Past-President.
This committee works to seek nominations for each vacant position by reaching out to local members, posting notices in home & school newsletters, and ensuring information about the various positions available is well-publicized.
The Nominating Committee then presents a slate of candidates to delegates at the Annual General Meeting for consideration, and at that time any additional nominations from the floor are welcome. For positions where more than one nomination is received, an election is held by secret ballot.