Governance in the community
It's a funny old word 'governance'. For me governance conjures up images of old men making serious faces as they make serious decisions about serious matters. But in Governance for the not for profit sector, this is not the case. I myself have sat on a number of community boards and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Either as a board member of the local Domestic Violence Action Centre or Aboriginal Social Housing, I have found that that it's a worthwhile role that has it's challenges that are easily outweighed by the rewards. And until recently I didn't really ask my self 'why' do I spend some of my precious spree time meeting with fellow board members at least once a month, help out at clean up days and fund raising events, get involved with recruitment and development for staff; and souring the internet reading and researching so that I have some idea of what I'm actually talking about. But after spending some time with the Galambila Aboriginal Helth Service board of directors, I soon recalled why myself and thousands of other people choose to be a board member. There's something very fulfilling about playing such an important part in the development and future of your community.