With the arrival of spring (soon we hope), the call for recruitment of new Board members to the SCAA Board of Directors once again enters your inbox. SCAA has openings on our Board of Directors and we always welcome a mix of people who have served in the past and those who are new to the role.
Any members who would like to support archives across Saskatchewan are encouraged to nominate themselves for the Board. It’s a great opportunity to meet other archivists and learn more about the issues facing archives.
Board participation also gives individuals a chance to develop (or refine) their skills relating to grant adjudication, interpretation of financial statements, application of policy and governance principles. If you don’t have experience, do not worry, the SCAA staff are always ready to help and you will be joining a Board with a mix of veterans and newcomers :-)
As we start emerging from the turmoil of the past couple of years, we have begun the process of returning to face-to-face meetings but also have seen the convenience of the digital option for much of SCAA's business meetings. You will have the opportunity to meet people who work in archives from around the province. Participating in the Board makes connecting with other Saskatchewan archivists easy.
The Board meets approximately six times per year. Four of the meetings are half-day meetings conducted by Zoom videoconferencing, with the one or two (dependent on the board preference) in-person meetings, usually held in either Saskatoon or Regina. The SCAA will reimburse Board member travel expenses and will provide lunch for any in-person meetings
In addition to attending Board meetings, members are also expected to Chair and/or volunteer for at least one Committee. There are four major committees of the SCAA:
- Grants (handles the adjudication of the Institutional Grants Program)
- Governance (reviews and writes policies and procedures for the Board)
- Public Awareness (plans outreach activities and strategies)
- Indigenous Working Group (provides advice and strategies for improving diversity/inclusivity within the SCAA)
There are also two additional Committees which only work for a short period of the year:
- Nominations (recruits new Board members)
- Audit (reviews financial statements at year end)
The day to day operations of the SCAA are run by our staff: our Executive Director, Gloria Bearss, and our Archives Advisor, Cameron Hart. This means that the Board is positioned (and supported!) to focus on the planning and governance of the organization, rather than all the work that keeps it running on a daily basis.
If you would like to find out more, or would like to add your name to the list of nominees, please reach out to the Chair of the 2023 Nominations Committee, Crista Bradley at email@example.com Board participation is rewarding and important work – we hope that you will consider sharing your time and talents with the SCAA!
The SCAA Nominations Committee 2023