Vicky Larochelle, an IRIS Mundial volunteer for more than a decade and former administrator, wanted to share her experience on our board of directors 😊 :

Is international cooperation close to your heart? Do you want to get involved and put energy into a cause that can make a difference in the world?

There are many ways to get involved, but one of the most crucial to international development organizations is involvement on the board of directors. Indeed, the board of directors is the skeleton that structures and solidifies the organization: it ensures its good financial and legal health, decides on the major orientations and projects, and also ensures the sustainability of the organization. No project is possible, and no mission can be supported without a strong Board of Directors like that of IRIS Mundial.

Everyone can get involved! However, some expertise is always sought: in particular, knowledge of the legal environment, experience in management or accounting, personal experience in international cooperation or in non-profits and experiences abroad or in relation to the organization’s mission.

For my part, I participated in IRIS Mundial’s mission as an administrator. All IRIS Mundial members can submit their application at the Annual General Assembly, where the administrators are elected each year for a two-year mandate. The election is democratic among the voting members. Once elected, the administrators have to elect the executive positions among them: president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Each of them has a specific role in the organization.

The administrators’ meetings with the executive management of the organization take place a few times during the year. During these sessions, the administrators review the finances and activities of the organization and vote on resolutions aiming to develop projects and ensure the proper functioning of the organization.

My experience as an administrator was very educational and I loved being part of this beautiful family. It’s a great way to participate in the IRIS Mundial’s mission while developing new skills or putting your expertise to good use. To better support the organizations whose cause means something to you, give generously your talents: get involved on the Board of Directors! It’s an immersion into the heart of the organization, surrounded by other enthusiastic people who quickly become friends and a way to participate in building together something bigger than ourselves. The first step is to become a member of the organization and participate in the next Annual General Meeting in June.

“The IRIS Mundial Board of Directors may have a place for you!

N.B. You have an expertise that could be put to good use in our organization? You can also be part of one of the IRIS Mundial’s working committees! To learn more, please click here.