VJLS-JH Governance Overview    



Good Governance is the heart of a cohesive and effective organization. The Board of Directors has prioritized accountability and has built a strong foundation for effectiveness, access and fairness. Our Board is committed to transparency and the truth.

Our board work is continuous and includes clarifying and developing policies and governance matters (such as bylaws) that strengthen our infrastructure. We are working towards a structure that offers consistency and clarification and one that focuses on results making a difference in our community of communities.

Our Stakeholders

Governance is overseen by members and their elected board. The Board ensures that access and participation is in place, available, equitable, meaningful and effective. The Board welcomes engagement and participation from all stakeholders.

Our organization is complex and has many types of stakeholders. Members have an interest in governance and we are in the process of educating our membership about the differences between operations and governance (for more information, see ‘Explaining the Governance Model’ section below). 

Defining Engagement and Roles:

Membership is the core component of governance where members take on the rights and obligations of membership.

The Board also welcomes engagement and participation for those who do not want to take on the rights and obligations of membership. Many are only interested in programming and operations, but the board is not the place to have direct programming influence. The board is the place where we ensure that access and participation is in place, available, equitable, meaningful and effective.

The Board is striving to provide more clarity on volunteers, committee terms of reference, associations for students, teachers and parents, so that all types of stakeholders have a clear sense of their individual roles, rights and obligations. We are also considering tangible ways to make stakeholder participation easier. While these considerations at an early stage in our evolution, our intent is for the broadest participation in committees, meetings and other stakeholder roles.

Please see our Stakeholder Groups Benefits Chart here.

VJLS-JH Organization Chart













Click here for a downloadable version (PDF). 

Explaining the Governance Model:

The board studied board fundamentals from Vantage Point. They state that:

Every organization has a set of functions required to keep it running smoothly.  They can be categorized into three separate but connected levels: governance, management and operations.

  • Governance is derived from the word kebernon (Greek), which means to steer. In current usage, to govern means to steer, to control, and to influence from a position of authority. Governance is concerned with setting a direction and maintaining guideposts (policies and targets) for management to carry out the direction of the board.
  • Management is responsible for ensuring the direction set by the board is carried out. Management enforces policies, creates activities to carry out the strategic goals and reports back to the board on progress towards those goals. 
  • Operations is the day-to-day implementation of the organizations program and services.

In addition, the board has the responsibility for:

Taking Care of the Organization (5 core responsibilities of oversight)

  1. Ensure mission impact
  2. Support the most senior staff person (CEO, ED, etc.)
  3. Protect and steward the organizations assets
  4. Ensure sustainable resources
  5. Be ambassadors of the organization

 Underlying each of these are two fundamental responsibilities:

  • Accountability to community
  • Everything in service of the mission

 *Source: Board Fundamentals: Governance, Participant Workbook; Vantage Point 2019 (PDF).