Swansea Town Hall

The Swansea Town Hall is the former Village of Swansea Municipal Building, and now serves as a community resource for the benefit of the Swansea catchment area and the greater Toronto community. Swansea Town Hall has meeting space for a diversity of community programs, offers services for seniors, adults and children, is home to a number of community groups, and hosts a variety of events throughout the year.

Swansea Town Hall is one of 10 Association of Community Centres (AOCCs) centres, 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 13
  • 9 public members
  • 1 person from the Swansea Horticultural Society
  • 1 person from the Swansea Historical Society
  • 1 person from the Swansea Ratepayers Association
  • 1 person from the Swansea Seniors Association
  • 1 person from the Swansea Parks and Recreation Community Centre Advisory Board
  • 1 person from the Board of Directors of the nonprofit housing building at 93 Lavinia Avenue

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

Meetings

Board meetings are usually held 8 to 10 times per year on weekday evenings.

Remuneration

No remuneration is paid to board members.

Nomination process

Potential board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting of members of the Swansea Town Hall (contact the Swansea Town Hall directly for more information). The names of selected nominees are then forwarded to the Etobicoke York Community Council for appointment.

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