Vacant Board of Directors position
If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please contact our Board President or Executive Director to discuss this opportunity further. Membership with Brant FACS is a requirement.
Quote from a 1970 OACAS Board Member Handbook – which we believe is still relevant today.
“Why Have a Board of Directors:
Social service in Ontario began with private organizations, such as churches and neighborhood agencies, the latter with their own board of directors. The protection of children was one of the first social services offered by a private agency – in 1891 by the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Now that this work is mandated under law and almost totally funded by governments, what is the rationale for continuing the tradition of the private board?
Dr. Raymond Price, a Canadian research psychiatrist, recently gave this answer:
“If social work is to recapture its historical role as the conscience of the community, it must maintain an independent perspective and unrestrained voice. Civil servants are traditionally and perhaps understandably enjoined to keep public silence about issues relevant to government, while government agencies tend to suffer a kind of selective inattention with regard to facts and situations unpopular to the Establishment. Social workers who operate independently of government…can help to ensure that such selective inattention does not prevail. In my view, the concerned and active local agency can and should force confrontations with such government inattention.”
The freedom to press governments for needed social remedies is safeguarded by the privately incorporated Society with its own Board of Directors.”