Boards and Committees
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council has established a number of Boards and Committees that serve the Wood Buffalo community in a volunteer capacity. These Boards help to advise and inform the Mayor and Councilors on matters that impact the public, giving residents access and input with decision makers in government.
The Appointment Process
The Municipality’s Legal and Legislative Services carry out an annual recruitment drive for volunteers to serve on Council appointed Boards and Committees. Members of the public are encouraged to submit an application for consideration as a volunteer on one of the various Boards and Committees.
There are multiple ways to apply — you can email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may deliver it by hand. Once you’ve submitted your application, you will receive an email confirmation acknowledging receipt of your application and a phone call from Legislative Services to review your application and answer any questions that you have.
Once the deadline to receive applications has passed, Council’s Selection Committee will meet to review all of the applications received. The Selection Committee reviews the mandate and membership criteria for each Board and Committee to determine what qualities the ideal volunteer member would embody.
After establishing the criteria for successful applicants, the Selection Committee reviews the applications to each Board and Committee and makes recommendations to Council based on which individuals are best suited for the available positions.
In some instances, the Selection Committee may wish to conduct interviews for certain boards or committees. If this is the case, you will be contacted by Legislative Services to arrange an interview with the Selection Committee.
Every effort is made to accommodate an applicant’s first choice of Board or Committee, but in instances where there are multiple applicants for the same position, the most qualified individual will be chosen. The remaining volunteers are considered for roles on other Boards and Committees that they have indicated an interest in.
If you are recommended for a volunteer position, you will be given notice and asked to confirm that you wish to accept the appointment. If you are unsuccessful, you will be notified and potentially put on a wait-list so that any unexpected vacancies can be filled quickly.
Once the Selection Committee has finalized their recommendations for Council, the Committee will present their findings to Council during a public session. Council is required to approve each appointment, at which point the successful applicants will receive their appointment letter in the mail.
Qualities of a good volunteer
A good volunteer is:
- Eager and motivated
- Committed to improving Wood Buffalo for the benefit of their community
- Committed to the demands of a Committee’s meeting schedule.
- A team player and can work independently for a common cause
- Able to voice their own opinion clearly and carefully consider an opposing view
- Someone who strives for consistency and reliability in serving their Board or Committee
- Someone who has valuable experience or expertise that will add value to discussion on the Boards and Committees