CDSBC's role is to protect the public. Nothing more and nothing less.
a health regulator, our only job is to protect the public. This is set
out in legislation and it is what makes us different from any other type
of organization, such as a professional association or advocacy group.
The job of a board member is to uphold CDSBC's mandate to protect the public – not to "represent" any particular group
CDSBC is governed by an 23-member Board that
includes dentists, certified dental assistants and members of the
public. To ensure a broad range of perspectives among the professional
(elected) members of the Board, some positions are reserved for
registrants who meet certain characteristics:
the CDSBC Bylaws require these positions to be elected by other
registrants in each of those same groups, each board member has a duty
to act in the best interests of the public and not as a delegate or
representative of a constituency or interest group. All 23 CDSBC board
members are there to protect the public.
Consider whether you have the personal attributes and relevant skills and experience needed on the CDSBC Board
has identified key characteristics that are ideal for any board member.
These include personal characteristics, specific skills and experience,
and leadership qualities. You can find a complete list in the
CDSBC Governance Manual under Board Composition and Succession Planning.
Board members must devote the
necessary time and attention to be able to make informed decisions on
issues that come before the Board. Board members may spend approximately
12-15 hours a month in preparation for, and attendance at, board
meetings, for board member development, workshops, stakeholder events,
and committee meetings. (The time commitment is significantly more for
the board officer positions.)
Before deciding to run as a candidate, please carefully consider the responsibilities, skills and time commitment required.
Board members are eligible to claim an honorarium as set out in CDSBC's
Expense Policy for Volunteers (PDF). Costs associated with travel and meals are also paid in accordance with that policy.
If this sounds like you or someone you know,
see the eligibility requirements >>