Board of Directors

Inclusion Advocacy operates with a volunteer board made up of self-advocates, parents and other members of our community.

Inclusion Advocacy operates with a volunteer board made up of self-advocates, parents and other members of our community.

The Board for 2023-2024


  • Kourtney  - Chair
  • Amber Richards - Vice Chair
  • VACANT - Treasurer
  • Jessica Murphy - Secretary


  • Stephane Amirault
  • Terry MacTavish-Hawkes (Acting Treasurer)
  • Sara Ryan
  • Open Position - Family - Parent/Sibling
  • Open Position - Family - Parent/Sibling
  • Open Position - Family - Parent/Sibling
  • Open Position - Interested Citizen 
  • Open Position - Interested Citizen 
  • Open Position - Self Advocate

There are currently vacancies on the board.  If you are interested in our organization, please use the contact link and let us know.

Staff: (Biographies)

  • Connie Melanson-Savory - Executive Director

Board Roles and Responsibilities

Responsibilities of all Board members include

  • Regularly attend Board meetings and important related meetings (1per month). Take a lead in at least 1Committee and actively support work of other committees
  • Make serious commitment to participate actively in committee work
  • Volunteer for and willingly accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time
  • Stay informed about Board and committee matters, be well-prepared for meetings, and review and comment on minutes and reports
  • Get to know other committee members and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus
  • Be an active participant in the committee's annual evaluation and planning efforts
  • Participate in fund raising for the organization

Setting Direction

  • Develop and maintain strategic plan with focus on the mission and vision
  • Establish and oversee implementation of strategic direction
  • Develop achievable goals and objectives and set priorities
  • Define and delegate authority for organizational management
  • Articulate, safeguard, model and promote association values

Governance and Outcome Evaluation

  • Establish governing policies for organizational decision and ensure accountability
  • Determine how the Board conceives, carries out and monitors its own task
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and ethical standards
  • Monitor progress and evaluate outcomes

Board Capacity Building

  • Ensure that the Board works continuously to be effective, efficient, and caring
  • Ensure that the Association’s work brings results and that uses its time and resources efficiently, and is accountable and trustworthy
  • Identify what actions must be taken to implement the strategic plan
  • Review, approve and monitor the operational plan
  • Present a full slate of Board and Executive members at the AGM
  • Cultivate, recruit and orient new board members
  • Ensure board and committee members bring expertise in key areas, represent diverse points of view and community experience
  • Renew board and committee members on an ongoing basis
  • Engage all Board members in the work of the Association, committees and groups
  • Provide information, training and development opportunities on an ongoing basis
  • Develop new leadership and rotate experienced members
  • Cultivate a sense of group responsibility
  • Engage the Board in assessing its own performance
  • Celebrate victories and individual contributions to the Association and the community
  • Help shape that Board’s macro agenda for the upcoming year, based on S P
  • Regularly review and update the Board’s statement of its roles and responsibilities

Purpose of Board Meeting

  • To hear about progress in the achievement of the various objectives of the organization
  • To hear reports of board committees and to make policy decisions, where required, based on committee reports
  • To make policy decisions
  • To inspire board members toward greater service
  • To provide a vehicle for board members to meet board members, for board members to meet staff
  • To oversee, maintain administration of the organization and to give guidance to ED and committees
  • To legitimate
  • To communicate
  • To coordinate
  • To organize
  • To plan
  • To meet legal requirements for board meetings