The Board and staff of St. James take the issue of public accountability very seriously. Our goal is to ensure that everyone connected with the organization – service users, government, community partners, and individual supporters - have the information necessary to have confidence in our work and in the integrity of the organization.
In order to achieve this goal, we undertake numerous planning, reporting, and auditing processes, including:
· Developing and implementing a clear strategic plan. See here for our latest document, completed and approved by the Board in November 2009;
· Reporting regularly to our government and institutional funders as set out in our contracts and funding agreements;
· Submitting our financial accounts to an external audit every year. Our current auditor is KPMG. A full copy of our most recent audited statements is available upon request. Please contact Jonathan Oldman, Executive Director;
· A rigorous governance oversight structure, independent of paid staff. The Board has several committees that coordinates its work, including a Finance Committee (currently chaired by a registered Chartered Accountant), a Human Resources Committee (whose responsibility includes the evaluation of the Executive Director's performance), and a Governance Committee (whose responsibility includes monitoring the decision-making authority and processes of the organization).
Ø To review our Society’s bylaws, see here.
Ø To review the Board’s current membership, see here.
A summary of all these activities is included in our Annual Report to the Community, a public document published every September.
For further enquiries about any accountability issues, please contact Jonathan Oldman, Executive Director (604-606-0307).