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FHPZ is Seeking Board of Director Nominations

Friends of High Park Zoo is Seeking Qualified Board of Directors Nominations

  • Nominations for Eligible Candidates are Due Friday March 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm ET
  • Up to Three Directors Expected to be Elected on Two-Year Terms
  • AGM to be held Sunday March 25, 2018, 2 pm to 3:30 pm at the Forest School in High Park (Toronto)

Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ)

We are seeking inspired and motivated volunteer board members to oversee the activities of our organization for 2018 (High Park Zoo’s 125th anniversary) and 2019. As we implement our Master Plan to enhance and sustain High Park Zoo, we require directors to steward the undertaking of these much-needed improvements including planning, procurement and fundraising. FHPZ currently plans to break ground on Master Plan projects in 2018. For more details, visit https://www.highparkzoo.ca/masterplan/

In 2018, FHPZ will have three openings on the Board of Directors, each on two-year terms.

This year’s election will be held at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday March 25, 2018 at the High Park Forest School located in High Park, 375 Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto (in the northeast area of High Park) from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Priority areas for 2018

Each year, the Board of FHPZ completes an evaluation of its directors’ skills and experience and identifies its future needs. In light of FHPZ’s strategic plan and organizational performance, the Board prioritizes the skills and abilities most important to fulfilling its governance function over the coming years.

In 2018, the Board is seeking candidates with experience in the areas of Fundraising and Event Planning to, among other things, help organize our 125th anniversary Peacock Gala in September 2018. The Board will make its recommendations based on the extent to which each candidate exhibits experience in the priority areas and other attributes. Priority areas are explained in greater detail in the Experience section, below.

Next Steps

If you (or a Member that supports your nomination) are eligible and believe you align with the Vision, Mission and Values of FHPZ and have the passion and experience to be an effective Board member, please nominate yourself (or a Member) by submitting your resume and a cover letter (the Member’s contact information) by Friday March 2, 2018 6:00 pm Eastern Time. References may be requested. See Eligibility below.

All applications must be submitted electronically to: board@highparkzoo.ca

If you have any questions regarding this process please contact John Formosa, Chair FHPZ Board of Directors, at: board@highparkzoo.ca

Overview of FHPZ Board

FHPZ is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of no fewer than five (5) and no more than nine (9) directors serving either one or two-year terms. Officer positions include: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Eligibility

To be eligible to be nominated, a FHPZ Board candidate must be a Member in good standing, at least eighteen (18) years of age and legally capable of serving as a director of a not-for-profit corporation in Ontario (see details below).

To be eligible as a Member in good standing of FHPZ, a donation during 2017 (or by March 2, 2018) must have been made to FHPZ or on behalf of FHPZ to the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. (Visit https://www.highparkzoo.ca/participate for more information.)  Members can nominate themselves or other Members to be Board candidates.

Experience

FHPZ was formed in 2012 to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the Zoo remained open in the wake of City budget cuts. FHPZ is a registered not-for-profit corporation created expressly to generate support for High Park Zoo. Board members are individuals with experience in one or more of the following areas of expertise:

  1. Not-for-Profit Organization Experience: Board or executive level experience in one or more not-for-profit corporations.
  2. Governance Experience: Recent board experience with one or more organizations (for-profit or not-for-profit).
  3. Organizational Leadership: Experience and direct responsibility with employees and/or volunteers.
  4. Financial Acumen: Experience and responsibility in the preparation, interpretation and dissemination of financial reports, budgets and statements and coordinating with the organization’s auditors.
  5. Fundraising and Grant Writing: Experience in leading diverse fundraising activities and targeting, writing and applying for operating and capital grants.
  6. Development and Project Management: Experience in the development and management of capital projects.
  7. Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility: Knowledge and experience with sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility, including an understanding of key trends and developments.
  8. Communications and Media: Experience in communications and media strategy (creating, disseminating, etc.).
  9. Event Planning: Experience in planning and promoting fundraising events, including public relations and community outreach.
  10. Legal Background: General legal experience; an understanding of legal obligations of organizations and not-for-profit organizations.

In 2018, the Board is seeking candidate nominations of individuals with experience in one or more of the following priority areas of expertise: Fundraising and Event Planning.

About High Park Zoo

Established in 1893 for deer, the Zoo’s animal paddocks have always been a popular attraction. Today, 125 years later, the Zoo’s eleven paddocks are home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus, capybaras and sheep.

The Zoo is free to the public and attracts over 720,000 visitors each year. The Zoo is open every day from 7:00 am to dusk. The Llama Pen is open weekends and statutory holidays allowing visitors to feed and pet the llamas from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm beginning in April until the end of October.

About Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ)highparkzoo.ca

FHPZ was formed in 2012 to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the Zoo remained open in the wake of City budget cuts for the 2012 and 2013 operating years. With the City restoring operating funding in 2014, FHPZ looks to raise sustainable funding from individuals, corporations and local businesses to enhance and sustain the Zoo. Since 2015, FHPZ has embarked on a Master Plan to enhance and sustain the Zoo for the next 125 years.

FHPZ is a registered not-for-profit corporation created expressly to generate support for High Park Zoo. FHPZ accepts donations directly and through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, a registered charity.

VISION: To ensure there is always a free community zoo in High Park for families to enjoy.

MISSION: To enhance High Park Zoo for the benefit of all visitors by leading activities that engage the community, while promoting education, awareness and fundraising for the Zoo.

VALUES:

Accountable – we will be responsible, transparent and accountable to all of our stakeholders

Professional – we will at all times conduct ourselves in a manner that is both professional and

respectful

Collaborate – we will work collectively with each other and others in order to achieve our goals

Community oriented – we will engage in initiatives and activities that support High Park Zoo and the

community

 

Duties and Responsibilities of Board Members – Friends of High Park Zoo

December 2013

Independently, as a Director, and collectively, as a member of the Board of Directors, a Friends of High Park Zoo (“FHPZ”) Board member assumes responsibility for:

  • setting the appropriate direction (and monitoring achievement of that direction);
  • overseeing FHPZ operations (and ensuring effective and efficient processes);
  • maintaining a strong financial position and appropriate risk management;
  • FHPZ, by providing leadership, advice, direction and support to the organization, its members and its volunteers (and staff, if any).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Communication and Preparation
    1. Prepare for meetings by reading material distributed in advance, and by gathering whatever information may be required or requested by agreed on deadlines;
    2. Be reasonably accessible and responsive, both by phone and by e-mail, to other Board members and key volunteers and stakeholders, as needed;
    3. Attend and participate in all board meetings, except where absence is unavoidable. Listen and be respectful of other board members’ opinions; and
    4. Be reasonably familiar with all by-law provisions, especially those defining the roles of Directors and Officers and setting out requirements for the removal and replacement of same
  2. Time Commitment
    1. Be prepared to contribute at least 8 hours per month on average working for FHPZ (typically 2 hours for board meetings; 4 hours volunteer time, including committee meetings; 2 hours background and preparation).
    2. Maintain current knowledge of programs and major issues related to the FHPZ and to the Zoo itself
  3. Set Appropriate Direction
    1. (i) Provide expertise, guidance, and collaboration to board members (and staff, if any) regarding initiatives that align with the organization’s goals and initiatives and its strategic plan or business plan. (ii) Assume responsibility for at least one primary area of expertise relevant to the Board’s activities and/or the strategic or business plan, and make sure that the appropriate goals and deliverables are met, and that progress and changes are regularly communicated.
    2. Work with other Board members to identify and respond to key opportunities in a timely fashion
  4. Resources and Risk Management
    1. Work with other Board member to ensure that key risks are identified and mitigated
    2. Ensure that appropriate financial controls are in place and maintained
    3. Assist in fundraising, for instance by soliciting the financial support of others; and
    4. Set an example by making a significant personal contribution in time and/or money to the organization.

5. General

    1. Serve as an advocate of FHPZ for the public and build relationships within the community and amongst stakeholders.
    2. Act with loyalty to FHPZ, its Vision, Mission and Values. Immediately disclose any real or potential conflict of interest, as required by the by-laws.
    3. Maintain and protect the confidentiality of confidential information given to the board.
    4. Ensure effective operations, succession planning and continuity by identifying potential volunteers as well as candidates for the board or its committees.

 

Required Legal Qualifications of a Director Under Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA)

A director must be:

  • An individual;
  • Eighteen years of age or older;
  • A person who has not been found incapable of managing property under the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 or the Mental Health Act;
  • A person who has not been found incapable by any court in Canada or elsewhere;
  • Not bankrupt.

The by-laws may have additional qualifications. Refer to section 23 of ONCA.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING – High Park Zoo Master Plan

Presentation & Round Table Discussion

Date:
Thursday, October 15th, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 PM

Location:
High Park Forest School,
Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto, ON

High Park Forest School

 

One of North America’s oldest zoos, High Park Zoo, is planning a face lift and we want you to be a part of it.

For over 120 years, the free admission High Park Zoo has been one of the jewels of Toronto.B As part of the development of a new Master Plan for High Park Zoo, Friends of High Park Zoo, in collaboration with the City of Toronto, invite members of the public to share their ideas and visions for High Park Zoo.

The public meeting will focus on gathering input from the public on immediate and long-term goals for the Zoo.B We look forward to hearing your input on improving the visitor experience, enhancing educational opportunities, increasing accessibility and any suggestions for specific projects that would make the zoo a better place for people and its animal residents. Everyone is welcome to attend especially children and youth.

For details, directions to the High Park Forest School and a link to the event poster, please click here.

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Cheer with Us at the Scotiabank Marathon

 

Neighbourhood Charity & Sponsoring Group – Sunday October 19, 2014

bFriends of High Park Zoo Welcome Youb

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Friends of High Park Zoo on behalf of the neighbourhood of Swansea-Bloor West Village-High Park welcome runners from across Toronto, Canada and the world. When you reach our cheering station you will be at the Western most point on the route and we will be cheering you on like the party banimalsb that we are!

Friends of High Park Zoo invites everyone to celebrate the Zoobs 121st year with us by cheering runners at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. Webre proud to participate b join us on race day!B Funds raised by our Marathon Champions will be used in support of the Zoo.

For more details visit:B B http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/nc/nc4.htm#charity

Donations to support High Park Zoo can be made online:B highparkzoo.ca/participate

Location:

Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Bldv., at 13k

Come out and join in the cheering fun at the actual event on October 19th at the bottom of Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd. at 13k, 8:45 am – 11:15 am on the morning of the race.

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Features ForB 2014:

Friends of High Park Zoobs cheering station will have a DJ, live entertainment and refreshments.

Itbs a great place for families and friends to celebrate a Toronto tradition and cheer the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon runners on!

Cheer runners from:

8:45 am to 11:15 am

Our Neighbourhood Champions 2014:

Bridget Burns

Charles Jewell

Sean Russell

Mike Hassan

To pledge a donationB on one ofB our runners, visit:B B http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/nc/nc4.htm#charity

Our 2014 Sponsors & Supporters

Interested in sponsoring Friends of High Park Zoo?B For more information, click:B B http://cms.highparkzoo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/FHPZ-Scotia2014-SSheet_v02.pdf

 

EmuB Sponsors

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Supporters

HighPark Org

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Grandparents Day in High Park Zoo

TORONTO Sept 2, 2014
On Sunday September 7, 2014 come celebrate Grandparent day with your family at High Park Zoo. From 11 am to 2 pm, visitors may pet and feed the llamas, pet rabbits, and colour at the Zoo llama pen. High Park Zoo is open daily, free of charge, from 7am until dusk. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.

High Park Zoo has been open for 120 years and is one of the oldest zoos in North America. The Zoo is located in High Park, a short walk from the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground and Grenadier Restaurant. Free parking available near the Zoobs entrances.

There are many other activities taking place on Grandparentsb day in High Park Zoo including an Afternoon Tea at Grenadier Restaurant, walking tours led by Colborne Lodge staff and activities at the High Park Nature Centre.

For those who canbt make it to High Park Zoo for Grandparentsb Day, they can still enjoy the llama pen activities from 11 am to 2 pm on weekends and holidays until the end of October.

Donations to support High Park Zoo may be made to Friends of High Park Zoo in person at the Zoo donation stations, by mail or online. Donation instructions are located at www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. Friends of High Park Zoo is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. Their current focus is to improve the Zoo through new capital projects.

Grandparents' Day 2014 Poster

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Friends of High Park Zoo Initiative Raises $110,000

TORONTO Aug 27, 2014
Friends of High Park Zoo primary fundraiser for 2014, the Honey Family Foundation Matching Initiative concluded on July 31, 2014. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and the Honey Family Foundation, which matched community donations, Friends of High Park Zoo raised $110,000 to help improve the Zoo llama pen, where Honey the llama calls home.

Of the $110,000 raised, $50,000 was donated by community members, and the Honey Family Foundation contributed $60,000. Collectively the Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative helped raise over $327,000 to support the Zoo since the launch of the initiative in 2012, when City funding for the Zoo was withdrawn. Their continued support was essential in the effort to save High Park Zoo.

“Thank you does not even begin to show my appreciation to the Honey Family Foundation for believing in the Friends of High Park Zoo and the residents of Toronto. Without their matching fund these past three years we may have seen the Zoo close after 120 years. Thank you to every resident who has donated to match these funds.b said Councillor Sarah Doucette

Now that High Park Zoo operating costs have been returned to the City budget, every penny raised by Friends of High Park Zoo will go towards enhancing the Zoo, primarily through capital projects that include landscaping, refurbishing the current llama pen and creating new additions.

The success of our 2014 matching initiative would not have been possible without the help of many volunteers, who opened the llama pens so families could interact with the animals every weekend, and who continue to help in any way they can, said Janet Evans, member of the Friends of High Park Zoo Board of Directors. We would like to thank everyone who donated and helped raise awareness and support for High Park Zoo.

The llama pen will continue to be open from 11 am to 2 pm on weekends and holidays until the end of October. High Park Zoo is open every day from 7 am until dusk with free admission. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.

While the Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative has concluded, donations may still be made in person at the Zoo donation stations, by mail or online. Donation instructions are located at www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. Friends of High Park Zoo is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization.

 

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Grandparents Day at High Park Zoo

Join Friends of High Park Zoo For:

Grandparents Day at High Park Zoo

Sunday September 8, 2013 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • Come Celebrate Grandparents Day at High Park Zoo b Runs from 11 am to 3 pm
  • We Will Have both Animal and Special Activities For Visitors of All Ages
  • High Park Zoo is celebrating 120 years in 2013. Support our 120 Years of High Park Zoo Initiative

= Donate online through TPTF to ensure that High Park Zoo is here for another 120 years

 

TORONTO, August 30, 2013
Friends of High Park Zoo today invites all Grandparents and their families to celebrate Grandparents Day on Sunday September 8, 2013 at High Park Zoo. Come visit our wonderful animals such as our llama Honey, our wallaby Zoomer and all of their High Park Zoo friends. We will have special activities including a fire truck and storyteller that will appeal to the kid in all of us. Also representatives from CARP will be in attendance.

Please don’t forget that we need your help to support the Zoo which is funded by donations received by Friends of High Park Zoo. Support our 120 Years of High Park Zoo initiative where our goal is to raise $120,000 needed for the Zoo’s continued operations which cost $228,000 annually. Major benefactors to date in 2013 include: the Honey Family Foundation ($50,000), Moses Znaimer ($10,000), CUPE 79 ($7,000), and Grenadier Group ($5,000).

Our initiative has a dual focus. Firstly, we need the support of the thousands of visitors to the Zoo in order to ensure the Zoobs operating costs go back into the 2014 City budget. Please sign our petition (on location or online at highparkzoo.ca) to ensure the City is aware of our request. Secondly, we need to raise $120,000 to ensure the Zoo continues to service our community for another 120 years. Please continue to support High Park Zoo by donating directly or through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation for a charitable tax receipt.

Our 120 Years of High Park Zoo not only celebrates the longevity and legacy of High Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in North America and one where admission is free, it seeks the support from the thousands of visitors who enjoy the Zoo each year.

Funds to operate the Zoo were provided by the City of Toronto through two World Wars, the Great Depression and all through the economic ups and downs of the last half century. Only in 2012 did the City eliminate funding for the Zoo. Since then Friends of High Park Zoo has stepped in to raise the funds to keep the Zoo operating.

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Llama Pen Activities

Friends of High Park Zoo invites visitors of all ages to join us at High Park Zoo, celebrating its 120th year, this weekend.

VISIT:B While the Zoo is open every day from 7:00 am to dusk, come get closer with the animals this weekend in the Llama Pen.B Friends of High Park Zoo volunteers open the Llama Pen weekends and statutory holidays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (beginning in March until the end of October) allowing visitors to feed and pet the llamas (Honey and her friends) and interact with other animals such as chickens, rabbits, wallabies (Zoomer, Aussie and their friends) and capybaras.

VOLUNTEER: Volunteers are needed at High Park Zoo to support these activities.B If you are interested, email us at: friendsofhighparkzoo@gmail.com

DONATE:B Friends of High Park Zoo was formed in 2012 to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the Zoo stays open.B The Zoo costs only $228,000 for 2013, or 9 cents per Toronto resident to operate for an entire year.B Donations to support High Park Zoo can be made through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation online, onsite or by mailing a cheque. Donate online at: torontoparksandtrees.org/high-park-zoo and click bb&donating nowb

Email: friendsofhighparkzoo@gmail.com

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