November 4, 2013
Your membership with DHI is a choice. We joined for different reasons and at different times; however, DHI remains the primary resource for our professional development in the industry. It also serves as an advocating voice for your business, or the one you’re employed with. Your Ontario Chapter therefore, represents your greatest opportunity for direct involvement with DHI and its local direction.
Over the years, many good people stepped up to help organize and run your Chapter. Recently, we have had several members come forward to offer help on various Committees. We also have good intentioned volunteers who have stepped up to help, but for various reasons are not able to perform their expected duties. Not to discourage anyone, the reality is most positions will require a small involvement at various times in the year. To be fair, there has been little to no communication of the responsibilities or expectations of a volunteer on the various committee positions. While most of these positions require minimal involvement, the involvement, when required, is crucial.
As I mentioned, we have many great volunteers in our Chapter. We encourage anyone who is interested to get involved. If you are currently the Chair of a committee, please take some time to evaluate your position on the Board. Did you take on something you thought you had time for and now, due to circumstances, you don’t? Or, perhaps, you volunteered for a committee where the expectations where unclear to you.
We all have family and work related responsibilities that impact our ability to perform the required Chapter Committee duties we volunteered for. For some members, this makes it unreasonable to volunteer for Committee Chair positions, or to become a Chapter Officer. Perhaps, assisting another volunteer on a committee may be a more appropriate way to be involved. Bottom line, we need volunteers! No judgments here, our family lives and careers change. These are more important than any position you volunteered for.
The strength and viability of our chapter is built on its volunteers. Please find, attached, the Ontario Chapter Leadership Roster, with open positions highlighted in yellow. In confidence, let me know if you need to alter your commitment level, or if you are able to step up. We appreciate all the work volunteers have done and continue to do.
President, Ontario Chapter - DHI