Applegrove Community Complex

Applegrove Community Complex is a multi-service community organization in the Greenwood-Coxwell neighbourhood. The catchment area runs from Jones to Woodbine Avenues and from Lake Ontario to the railway tracks north of Gerrard Street. Since 1979 Applegrove has worked with local residents, providing services that cover the age range with programs for infants, children, youth, adults and seniors.

Applegrove Community Complex is one of 10 Association of Community Centres (AOCCs), which are volunteer board-run multi-purpose facilities providing a broad range of community, recreation and social service programs to residents in the local community. The AOCC model is a hybrid between a City agency and an independent not-for-profit community-based organization. The core administration activities are funded by the City and treated like a City agency. The program component is funded through fees, donations, and grants and treated like an independent not-for-profit community-based organization.

Board responsibilities

The responsibilities of the board include the following specific matters:

  • the overall management, operation and maintenance of the Community Centre ensuring compliance with the relevant by-laws, applicable laws and applicable City policies
  • the overall development, funding and management of all Community Centre programs
  • the approval of the annual administrative budget for recommendation to City Council
  • the approval of the annual report for submission to City Council
  • the approval of all programs including fees for the use of the facilities and programs if applicable
  • the development of resources to support activities, programs and services of the Community Centre
  • the hiring and evaluation of the Community Centre's Executive Director
  • the approval of the Community Centre's Annual Financial Statements for audit purposes and receiving the report of the Auditor

Term of office

The term of office is set by the board at 2 years, with a maximum of 4 consecutive terms.

Composition

  • City Councillor for Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth
  • 10 public members, one of whom may be nominated for consideration for appointment by the Toronto District School Board

Qualifications

The majority of board members must be residents in the centre's catchment area.

In addition to the general eligibility requirements set out in the Public Appointments Policy, community members are encouraged to elect board members who possess:

  • an understanding of diverse neighbourhoods and communities within their catchment area
  • reflect the cultural and social diversity of the community
  • have knowledge and understanding of community and public service
  • possess good communication and decision making skills

Applegrove is both an agency of the City of Toronto and an incorporated non-profit organization. Board members therefore sit on two boards: 1) a Board of Directors responsible for the whole organization, and 2) a Board of Management responsible for the City agency.

Meetings

The board usually meets monthly on the last Monday evening of the month. Members attend meetings, join at least one committee and attend special events, putting in about 8-10 hours per month.

Nomination process

Applegrove members will elect new board members for a 2-year term at the Annual General Meeting on March 24, 2021. The closing date for applications is February 28, 2021. To learn more or apply, contact Susanne Burkhardt, Executive Director at sburkhardt@applegrovecc.ca or 647-482-8143.

Remuneration

No remuneration is paid to board members.

Related links

Membership

The current and historical Appointments for this body.