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A Message From Terry


It has been a while since our last newsletter crossed your desk. We know you receive a lot of newsletters and we have been asking for feedback on what is important for you to read as we realize your time is limited and precious.

You have asked for short, high content, high value timely information on Board Development, Executive Director Recruitment plus Effective Meeting Management Strategies and emerging trends affecting our very unique sector. Thanks for your feedback, it is important that we receive it.

We have compared the feedback with our 'knowledge and wisdom bank'. This is especially important to us, because our work is about assisting non-profits and associations of all sectors in solving the modern and ever-changing issues they face.

As a direct result of your feedback we are pleased to announce our monthly complimentary webinar series, the first beginning on August 22nd with the topic being 'How to Hire Your Executive Director'. It's short (45 minutes) with a valuable Q & A session following.

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We are also extremely pleased to introduce our newest Associate, Susan Leahy.

Susan LeahySusan Leahy MA is a meeting effectiveness & interpersonal communication expert. She is the co-creator of a site that provides Robert's Rules of Order training to thousands of boards across Canada and the Unites States. As a speaker & presenter she teaches boards how to use Robert's Rules of Order as a communication tool that encourages participation and results. She partners with professional associations, non-profit organizations and public entities in virtually every sector teaching them how to increase communication & productivity in their meetings.

Robert's Rules of Order is unfortunately a source of frustration for many boards all across the country. This is not because there is a problem with Robert's Rules of Order; it is because board members typically receive little or no training when they join a board, leading to confusion, frustration and wasted time and money. Whether you use Robert's Rules of Order in Association or not-for-profit organization in virtually every sector then ROBERT'S RULES MADE SIMPLE can help you!

Used by thousands of boards all across the country to get more work done, ROBERT'S RULES MADE SIMPLE is the fast and easy way to get every board member up to speed. So if you're ready to stop wasting time in meetings, get the effective, fun and simple way to learn parliamentary procedure!

For more information on Roberts Rules of Order Made Simple contact Susan Leahy here.

Terry Clark

Feature Article

The Importance of Hiring the Correct Executive Director

In previous newsletters we asked you for feedback on topics you would like to read about. The response was tremendous! You have requested short, high content, high value, and timely information on Board Development, Executive Director Recruitment plus Effective Meeting Management Strategies and emerging trends affecting our very unique sector.

Since our work is about assisting non-profits and associations of all sectors in solving the modern and ever-changing issues they face, we decided to create something that will succinctly speak to each of the topics you have identified. Starting in August, we will be offering a monthly complimentary webinar series, each session lasting only 45 minutes with a valuable Q & A session following.

The topic for our first webinar on August 22 is 'How to Hire Your Executive Director'.
Please sign up at

Executive Director - British Columbia Chiropractic Association

Position Description and Key Responsibilities

Reporting to and collaborating with the President and board of directors of the British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA) the Executive Director is responsible for the organization's performance through the implementation of a strategic plan and the Association's mandate. The BCCA will look to the Executive Director for strong fiscal and strategic direction, effective governance support and robust organizational performance. The Executive Director will provide experienced leadership in strengthening association benefits, positioning the organization so that British Columbia Chiropractic Doctors are well served, in a rapidly changing health care system. The Executive Director will develop trusted relationships with members, stakeholders, affiliated associations and regulatory bodies especially the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia.

The Person

BCCA seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual with proven abilities and experience to provide support and leadership to the Association and its membership. To be successful in this position, you will need to lead with excellence, dedication and passion. While health care or related experience would be a definite asset it is not essential if the applicant's other qualities are outstanding.


The British Columbia Chiropractic Association office is located in Richmond, British Columbia.


Competitive salary, commensurate with experience and skills and includes an attractive benefit package.

Contact Information

Should you wish to learn more about this excellent leadership opportunity, please email your resume and letter of introduction in strictest confidence to Terry Clark at Real Board Solutions, email address by August 31, 2013, at the latest.

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Special Congratulations to Darlene Shackelly

We are pleased to announce that Darlene Shackelly, Executive Director of Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia, has received The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. NCCABC celebrated this event by holding a congratulatory reception in Darlene's honour at their administration office, which I was proud to attend.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal pays special tribute to the Queen's 60 years on the throne and honours her life-long commitment to her responsibilities by recognizing those who have made significant contributions to Canada. The medal is a way to recognize outstanding Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life, who have contributed to society and Canada through their service and achievements. Our heartfelt congratulations go to Darlene!

Message from Terry

Have you ever wanted quick, easy access to an expert on Board development or other specialized not-for-profit questions? If so, our "Ask a Consultant" section is very effective. Real Board Solutions' confidential service provides our readers with the opportunity to ask our experts board-related questions via e-mail. And we promise to get back to you with a confidential answer within two business days ... though we usually beat the clock.

Finally, many organizations are nearing a critical juncture in their life cycle -- that of preparing to welcome new board members into their ranks in September. If you are at that juncture, we want to remind you that our Board training is an effective and proven method for developing a strong board team to support your agency's goals and objectives. Please call 1.888.531.5796 or contact us here.

About Terry Clark

Terry J. Clark CAE, the Founder and President of Real Board Solutions is a results-oriented, not-for-profit professional who has a unique background and skill set that volunteer board members and their staff truly appreciate.

For the past 19 years Terry has advised hundreds of not-for-profit Boards of Directors and their senior staff members. As past Executive Director with a high profile business association, Terry has also served as an interim Executive Director with eight organizations.

His consulting practice focuses on executive search, Board development, strategic planning, operational reviews, executive director compensation and mentorship/coaching. He has provided those services to not-for-profits in virtually every not-for-profit sector in Western Canada, North West Territories, the Yukon and California. He has recently become 'certified' by Directors and Officers Liability Insurance underwriters so that Associations who have taken his board orientation receive a discount on their D&O insurance annual premiums.

Terry is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a Past Area Governor of Toastmasters International and was educated at the University of British Columbia. He possesses leading-edge Non Profit "best practices" and combines them with real life experiences to provide not-for-profits Boards and their staff with real solutions.

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