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Please Consider Joining the Board of Directors of Wellington County Learning Centre

WELLINGTON COUNTY LEARNING CENTRE (WCLC) is a non-profit, community-based organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. We currently have vacancies on the board that we need to fill with qualified, dedicated and interested people. Below, is the most common questions we receive about the board and what it is like to be a board member. Please read it over. If you are still interested, please call us or stop by the office. We will be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

1.What is the goal of the WCLC? Using trained volunteers, and paid instructors,  the Wellington County Learning Centre's mission is to help people of all ages, living in rural Wellington County, the opportunity to improve their reading, writing and basic math skills.

2. What do the board members do? The board of directors is the governing body of the WCLC. The board sets the overall policy and goals which are then carried out by the staff. Currently, the WCLC board meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held in Arthur and usually last about two hours. In addition, there are a few special events (such as our annual general meeting) which board members attend.

3. Are board members paid? Board members are volunteers and do not get a salary, and travel to and from board meetings is not paid. Food and refreshments are provided at all board meetings. Even though board members do not receive a salary, there are many benefits to sitting on our board. Some of them are: It is an excellent way to help your community. You will develop or enhance your skills in budgeting, management, supervision and many other areas.

4. Would I have to make speeches? Not unless you want to. Some of our board members do make presentations on behalf of the agency. However, most do not.

5. What if I have to miss a meeting every once in a while? Most of our board members are unable to make every meeting. They are busy, active people! However, we ask our members to attend as many meeting as possible and to arrange their schedules so they can be there. As part of the governing body of the agency, you are very important to us.

6. I am very interested in what WCLC does, but I don't know a lot about it. Will I get any information about the agency and about being a board member? Absolutely. We provide a basic orientation session for all new board members. In addition, we give board members a manual with all of the important information they need to know about the agency. Finally, board members are always welcome to call or make an appointment with the Executive Director, Elizabeth Debergh, to go over any aspect of the agency's operation.

7. Are the board meetings very formal? Not at all. They are important and the board members are there to conduct business. However, they are interesting and fun. The board members are very professional but, at the same time, relaxed and casual. The best way to see what we mean is to attend a board meeting. You are more than welcome to come to our next meeting and observe the board in action. Just give us a call to confirm. We would love to have you visit.

8. Whom should I call if I have more questions and want to learn more about what the agency does? Please call Elizabeth Debergh, Executive Director, at (519) 848-3462 . She would be very happy to give you more information or to arrange a visit of the agency office.
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