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CHEO and OCTC seek two volunteers to join their new Board

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) – the two leading providers of specialized pediatric health services in the region – intend to join forces later this year. Guided by the voices of families, this amalgamation is an historic evolution from being separate organizations delivering programs, to becoming a more complete system of care that serves a population. This is the foundation for an enduring vision that can grow and adapt to changing circumstances.

CHEO and OCTC are currently recruiting two community leaders to join their new Board. In particular, we are seeking individuals with experience in the following areas: health systems and health policy; special needs and disability issues; information technology; and research. Ideal candidates will have a passion for CHEO and OCTC’s missions to serve the children, youth and families of our community. Candidates will have a good knowledge of the health care environment and public policy, as well as familiarity with child and youth issues, and/or have already played active leadership roles in their community.

The new Board will consist of 18 board members - 5 members from the current Boards of each of CHEO and OCTC; 2 new members recruited from the broader community; 1 representative from the University of Ottawa; the Chair of the OCTC School Authority; and 4 ex-officio members. This Board will play an integral oversight role as these two institutions amalgamate over the coming year. The primary mandate of the Board is to ensure the organization fulfills its mission, to ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations, to approve the organization’s policies and to review its financial performance.

Candidates must be available to attend monthly board meetings and at least one committee meeting per month, plus dedicate a few hours a month to read required documentation and attend other functions, as needed. They should be willing to represent CHEO and OCTC in the community and with decision makers, in order to help achieve the organization’s long-term goals. Mandates are for three years, renewable twice.

If you are interested in joining CHEO and OCTC’s Board during this period of exciting change and growth, please send your resume by e-mail to CHEO’s Governance Coordinator, Shannon Watson, at by Wednesday, August 10th, 2016. You can also obtain more information by contacting Shannon at 613-737-7600 x.2388.

A world-class pediatric health and research centre, for over 40 years CHEO has provided outstanding patient care, pioneered breakthrough research, and trained the health care professionals of tomorrow.

CHEO is the pediatric health centre in Canada’s capital, and is the second largest health care organization in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network. More than 2,700 nurses, doctors, researchers and other staff are dedicated to helping kids and families be their healthiest.

For 65 years, OCTC has been providing care for children and youth with disabilities, including cerebral palsy, complex needs associated with congenital conditions, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders, and brain injury. Its multidisciplinary team includes developmental pediatricians, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech therapists, to name a few, and provides more than 100,000 hours of direct service each year.

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