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FIREFLY is partnering with Child and Community Resources (CCR) to provide services for families with children/youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services these sessions will be offered to families free of charge.

Tips and Tricks for Challenging Feeders
March 3, 2021 6-7pm est
Details and to Register:
https://ccrconnect.ca/programs-services/entry/110/

Using Visuals to Teach!
Dates to be determined
Details and to Register:
https://ccrconnect.ca/programs-services/entry/114/

Introduction to Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)
Dates to be determined
Details and to Register:
https://ccrconnect.ca/programs-services/entry/38/

 

FIREFLY Presents:  The Virtual Spring Governance Series
Seminars for Board Members and Senior Leaders of Non-Profit Health and Social Service Organizations in Kenora and Rainy River Districts

For more information please contact: Tammy Hanstead 807-467-5437 ext. 2321

Back to Basics: Good Governance for Non-Profit Boards

Thursday March 25, 2021
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Presenter: Karima Kanani  

Health and social service agencies are under increasing pressures for efficiency, quality, accountability and transparency.  As a result, the role and responsibility of the Board of Directors has become more sophisticated, demanding and challenging.  Good governance is the foundation for high functioning Boards. This session is a back to basics refresher on the fiduciary duties of the Board and governance best practices, and will cover:

  • Governance Structure of Non-Profit Organizations
  • Role of the Board of Directors
  • Duties and Responsibilities of Individual Directors
  • Relationship between Governance and Management
  • Governing in Changing Times

This session will conclude with a discussion of contemporary challenges for Boards in fulfilling their governance duties in the face of health system crisis and transformation.

Register HERE

Enterprise Risk Governance

Wednesday April 7, 2021
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Presenter: Karima Kanani  

Risk governance is one of the primary duties of non-profit Boards. This session will provide an overview of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) approach to risk governance embraced by many Boards to identify and address areas of vulnerability for their organizations. We will cover:

  • Key Components of Enterprise Risk
  • The ERM Model and how to Implement ERM Frameworks
  • The Role of Management and the Board
  • Examples in Action

This session will conclude with case studies of ERM in action looking at virtual care and community collaborations as examples. Participants will leave this session with practical strategies and tools for risk review, reporting and response.

Register HERE

Non-Profit Trend Briefing:  What will shape health and social service community organizations in 2021 and beyond?

Thursday April 22, 2021
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Presenter: Alex Gill

Non-profit organizations fill a vital role in our communities, identifying a wide range of social needs and then developing and delivering services in response. These organizations, their staff and boards do not exist in a vacuum, however. Trends that shape our broader society have a direct impact on the people non-profits serve and the programs they deliver.  Drawing from a range of examples, including Silicon Valley start-ups, established global companies, governments and non-profits, this session will offer a briefing on the social and economic trends that are likely to challenge boards and senior staff in the coming years.  Participants will receive a research presentation and a copy of the trend report that they can use for board and staff training purposes.  They will also participate in an interactive Q&A session where they will meet other leaders from across the region and discuss how these trends may impact their own organizations.

Register HERE

Leading in Challenging Times:  Practical tools and approaches to help non-profits respond to a changing world

Thursday May 6, 2021
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Presenter: Alex Gill

In addition to the unprecedented changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, non-profit organizations are facing a range of challenges that require new thinking and new approaches.  Building on the information presented in the Non-profit Trend Briefing, this session will share practical tools that staff leaders and boards can use to make their organizations even more responsive and innovative, addressing questions that include:

  • How can our organizations make better-quality decisions that can reduce risks and improve outcomes?
  • How can we better understand and respond to the needs of the people we serve to become even more “customer centric?”
  • How can we identify our stakeholders and better understand what they think of our organization and its work?

Participants will then have the opportunity to discuss how these tools could be applied within their own organizations in a number of small group discussions where they will meet other organizational leaders from across the region. 

Register HERE

About the Presenters

Karima Kanani

Karima Kanani

Karima Kanani is a Lawyer and Partner at Miller Thomson LLP.  She is one of the firm’s top health industry specialists and her practice is dedicated exclusively to the health and social service sector. Karima serves as corporate counsel and has extensive experience in non-profit governance. She is relied on as a trusted advisor by non-profit Boards and often engaged as special counsel on sensitive governance issues.  Karima routinely provides her clients with strategic advice and thought leadership on industry developments. She has been named as one of the “Best of the New Generation” of lawyers by Precedent Magazine, and as a “Rising Star” and “Leading Canadian Corporate Lawyer to Watch” by Lexpert Magazine.

Alex Gill

Alex Gill

Alex Gill is a social entrepreneur who founded Mendicant Group, a global consultancy that has brought new thinking to a range of social issues across Canada and in 16 other countries (so far). In 2014 he designed and co-founded one of Canada’s leading social enterprise incubators, the Social Ventures Zone at Ryerson University, where he serves as its part-time director.  Alex is a global advocate for social and entrepreneurial issues and has moderated the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance since 2010.  Canadian publication THIS Magazine has named him as one of the country’s “Social Justice All-Stars.”   Follow Alex on Twitter at @alexgill for a mix of all things social and entrepreneurial, along with the occasional pun.

 

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