What Are the Specific Duties of The OCASI Board Members?

What Are the Specific Duties of The OCASI BoardYour board of directors provides governance to your organization. Members?

Duties of Board members: The Board of Directors

A group of people who are legally charged to oversee the operations of a non‐profit organization. There are a number of different types of boards, including:

Working Board: Board members attend to strategic matters in addition to working with staff to carry out the mission; usually characteristic of newly established organization or ones driven by volunteers (also known as an Operational Board or Management Board).

Membership (Representative) Board: There is a clear link between the board and the service users, with board members being clients and employers at the same time.

Policy Board: This model distinguishes between the board and Executive Director role. The Executive Director provides operational leadership in managing the organization to fulfil its mission, while the board focuses primarily on strategic matters and ensuring responsiveness to community stakeholders.

Collective Board: Board members and staff share equal responsibility in deciding upon strategic matters and carrying them out. They emphasize equality and power sharing.

Corporate or Entrepreneurial Board: There is an emphasis on innovation, with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness measures that push the organization to achieve a maximum result on its investments.

Institutional Board: When the organization is very mature, with all the systems in place to run efficiently and effectively, the Institutional Board tends to exist primarily to raise funds.

is responsible for determining the goals and objectives of OCASI.  Board members must be in a position to make a significant time commitment to OCASI:

  • to attend Board Meetings (4-6 meetings per year) usually held in Toronto
  • to sit on at least one committee and to participate actively in OCASI's public relations, fundraising, and government relations efforts
  •  to act as an OCASI spokesperson and active liaison with the media, government and community

    The broad group of people who are stakeholders of an organization. Extending beyond the people that enter our buildings and use our services, an organization’s community may include cultural groups, sectoral partners, and other groups of people joined together by common identity, geography, and other bonds. Often where we use ‘community’ the word is actually short for multiple communities.



 At its first meeting, the Board of Directors elects an Executive Committee consisting of a President, three Vice-Presidents, a Secretary and a Treasurer

REGIONAL DIRECTOR: What are the specific duties of a Regional Director?

In addition to the above, the duties of a regional director are to:

  • actively communicate with member agencies in their region and solicit their input on issues of common concern
  • identify regional needs in relation to OCASI program areas  (e.g. Membership & Sectoral Development, Policy & Research, Public Education & Communications)
  • ensure that all member agencies know that they have someone on the board of directors to represent their regional concerns
  • ensure that regional concerns/issues are reported and discussed at Board meetings
  • provide a voice to the OCASI membership in all regions

 Becoming a Member

As a Member of OCASI your agency will have:


  • Position papers on current issues that affect the sector.
  • Government relations activities at all three levels of government.
  • Sectoral representation at various meetings and delegations throughout the province.
  • Media coverage and public relations activities.


  • Nominate candidates to the OCASI Board of Directors and vote at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Nominate candidates in your region and vote for Regional Directors.
  • Join one of OCASI's committees or working groups.


  • Over 600 immigrant service workers are trained each year at the Bi-Annual Professional Development

    All types of facilitated learning opportunities that aim to increase a person’s skills or knowledge, leading to personal development and career advancement. Learning opportunities may include courses, workshops, coaching, etc and may be specific to the present demands on an organization’s staff or leadership, or may be more broadly relevant to a person’s career goals.

     and other regional and provincial events.
  • Access the Professional Education and Training Project (PET).

ASSESSMENT TOOLOCASI Organizational Standards

Standards that are mainly concerned with governance and management, as well as broad approaches to service delivery and community building.

Initiative - Orgwise

  • The purpose of the project is to facilitate dialogue on organizational standards and develop capacity building tool for immigrant and refugee serving organizations in Ontario as we strive to be optimally responsive, innovative, effective, well respected and accountable to immigrants

    In this document, the terms ‘immigrants,’ ‘refugees,’ and ‘newcomers’ are intended to be broadly inclusive. Our varied use of ‘immigrants,’ ‘refugees,’ and ‘newcomers,’ is intended to reflect the breadth and heterogeneity of the communities served by OCASI’s membership, many of whom have been in Canada for many years and/or have less-than-full status, for example.

    & refugees

    In this document, the terms ‘immigrants,’ ‘refugees,’ and ‘newcomers’ are intended to be broadly inclusive. Our varied use of ‘immigrants,’ ‘refugees,’ and ‘newcomers,’ is intended to reflect the breadth and heterogeneity of the communities served by OCASI’s membership, many of whom have been in Canada for many years and/or have less-than-full status, for example.

    , staff

    For our purposes, staff refers to agency employees who are neither managers nor executive directors.

    , partners, and funders.


  • Your agency profile will be listed in the OCASI Membership Directory, distributed throughout the province, and posted on the OCASI website.
  • Receive first notices and invitations to OCASI educational and information sharing events.
  • Your agency has been included in the OCASI Issues List (a discussion forum for members only).


  • OCASI Newsletter
  • OCASI Issue Updates.
  • Settlement

    Amongst community based immigrant and refugee serving agencies, settlement is defined as a multi‐dimensional, long‐term, dynamic process that involves a two‐way process of accommodation and adjustment between immigrants/refugees and society. Hence, settlement programs include a diverse range of services – from those focused on frontline activities that address the individual needs of immigrants and refugees to community capacity building & advocacy initiatives that address the context or conditions in which they live.

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