The Aberdeen Hall Board of Directors (the “Board”) is a group of dedicated volunteers who lend their time, expertise and commitment to ensuring the school's sustainability across many dimensions, including strong school leadership, strategic planning and financial and risk stewardship, for current and future generations of Aberdeen Hall families. The Board and its committees are composed of parents, alumni, community professionals and friends of the school, all working together to effectively govern the school.
The Board manages the long-term sustainability of the school, serves as the trustee of Aberdeen Hall’s mission and values, and provides oversight of the development and implementation of the school’s strategic plan. In keeping with the membership requirements of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Board oversees the role of Head of School but remains removed from day to day operations. The overall mandate of the Board, along with mandates for each of the Board Committees, are included below.
Aberdeen Hall is an independent coeducational day school with charitable status. The Board is usually composed of 12-15 members, two of whom are non-voting, ex-officio members (Head of School and the school’s legal council). The Head of School is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the school.
Members of the Board exercise a fiduciary responsibility, provide oversight for the business and affairs of the school, and ensure that adequate resources are in place to support the realization
of the school’s mission, strategic plan and program goals.
Members of the Board are appointed for three year terms, which are renewable in such a cycle to ensure continuity of membership. Members of the Board may be re-appointed to additional terms and may serve a maximum of nine consecutive years. The Board retains the discretion to extend these terms and their corresponding limitations.
In addition to various short-term Task Forces that may be struck to focus on particular key issues, there are five standing “Board Committees” which include: Governance, Finance, Development, Risk Management, and the Executive Committee. Board Committees may include non-Board members, such as Aberdeen Hall parents, alumni, employees and community professionals in addition to members of the Board.
Each member of the Board makes an annual written commitment to follow the principles of the Board’s Code of Conduct and abide by the Board’s Conflict of Interest Policy. The Board evaluates its own effectiveness on an annual basis and the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), as part of its periodic review regarding the accreditation of the school, evaluates the Board with reference to its Standard 3 on Governance and corresponding indicators of effectiveness. Board members are recruited with reference to criteria including their skills, experience, ability to contribute time, willingness to provide financial support and resources, respect for traditions, and diversity reflective of our community, to best support the goals and vision of the school.
Interested members of the community who wish to be considered as Board and Committee candidates are encouraged to complete a letter of interest and resume and submit both by email to Kari Drinnan, the Governance Chair, at [email protected] for consideration by the Board’s Governance Committee.
At Aberdeen Hall, we seek to admit well-rounded students who choose to be at our school. We are looking for students who demonstrate leadership through academic performance, involvement in co-curricular activities and civic engagement. We care about our students and seek those who value education and are prepared to enrich our incredible school community.