December 20, 2010
The board of directors for Christian Higher Education Canada met November 19, 2010, in Toronto, Ont., and approved several new actions for the non-profit organization. These included the approval of the 2011 budget, approval of a new business plan, and a new communications plan, all in the context of discussing a new strategic plan for 2010-2013. This meeting also marked the first for Dr. Justin Cooper as executive director. He had previously been the board chair before assuming the role of executive director this past August.
The board unanimously approved the 2011 budget of $203,400. Revenue sources include dues, donations, special projects and service fees. The budget will be presented to the membership at the annual general meeting in Calgary on May, 31, 2010
In light of the recent approval of charitable status and the new opportunities this designation allows for CHEC, the board unanimously approved a new business plan and revenue framework. The plan allows for a number of exciting ideas and new initiatives that will become the frame work for services to members. Also approved, for presentation to the membership for ratification in May, was a revised dues structure which will see - for the first time since CHEC became amalgamated in 2005 - an increase in dues for most members.
The board also endorsed a new three-fold approach to communications that includes improving communication to member campuses and raising public awareness. Through this plan, the board expects CHEC to create a virtuous circle of development and growth for the movement of Christian higher education and for our member institutions, increasing the recognition of their contribution to the academy, church and society at large, as well as increasing their credibility and effectiveness not only within the Christian community but also in our society.
The board regretfully accepted the resignation of Dr Jonathan Raymond, president of
Trinity Western University, who has served on the Board since 2009. The board expressed their appreciation for Dr. Raymond. A new director will be elected by the membership at the May 31, 2011business meeting.
Aileen Van Ginkel and Howard Wilson, with gratitude from the board, volunteered to join CHEC staff on the newly formed CHEC Forum 2012 Working Group. The CHEC Forum will be held at the end of May of that year in Edmonton.
The board approved the adoption of the CCCC's Ethical Fundraising Policy as the Board Policy for CHEC.
The board also discussed and envisioned several other topics, including those related to the strategic plan, which will be taken up again at future meetings of the board. The board is aiming to have the strategic plan ready to share with the membership at the May 2011 meeting.
Christian Higher Education Canada, Inc (CHEC) is non-profit association of Christ-centred higher education institutions, based in Dundas, Ontario . Members include 33 fully accredited, degree-granting institutions representing a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate Christian higher education Canada, and serving over 17,000. Our members work together to further the CHEC mission to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of Christian higher education at member schools, including, fostering institutional cooperation, and to raise public awareness of the value of Christian Higher Education in Canada. Christian Higher Education Canada, Inc. qualifies for tax-exempt status as a registered charity under paragraph 149(1)(f) of the Income Tax Act.