Ralph Thornton Community Centre

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre (RTCC) has been a cornerstone of the vibrant South Riverdale community for 30 years. Over the years, RTCC has played a key role in bringing residents together to identify, discuss and address local issues and needs. The Centre enables citizens to connect with each other and access important resources, by providing youth programs, a computer resource centre, recreation and education.

Ralph Thornton Community Centre 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 but cannot exceed four years.

Composition

  • City Councillor for Ward 14
  • 12 public members

Qualifications

The majority of board members must be residents in the center'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

Meetings

The board usually meets monthly.

Remuneration

No remuneration is paid to board members.

Current opportunities and nomination process

The Ralph Thornton Community Centre is currently accepting applications from interested and enthusiastic individuals to join its board. There are six two-year terms currently available on the board. For more information and to apply, please visit the Ralph Thornton Community Centre's websiteOpens in new window and complete the Candidate QuestionnaireOpens in new window. Apply by Friday, April 17, 2020 to be considered.

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Membership

The current and historical Appointments for this body.