Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre

The Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (formerly the Harbourfront Community Centre) is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with residents and community-minded organizations to create a safe and supportive environment for people of all ages. The Centre's programs mirror the community as the demand for children, youth, and senior programs are on the rise.

The Waterfront Neighbourhood 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 Neighbourhood Centre ensuring compliance with the relevant by-laws, applicable laws, and applicable City policies
  • the overall development, funding, and management of all Neighbourhood 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 Neighbourhood Centre
  • the hiring and evaluation of the Neighbourhood Centre's Executive Director
  • the approval of the Neighbourhood 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 10
  • 8 public members

Qualifications

The majority of board members must be residents in the Neighbourhood 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

Meetings

The board usually meets monthly.

Remuneration

No remuneration is paid to board members.

Nomination process

Potential board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting of members of the Neighbourhood Centre (contact the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre directly for more information). The names of selected nominees are then forwarded to the Toronto and East York Community Council for appointment.

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Membership

The current and historical Appointments for this body.