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Ontario Underwater Council




Mission: to promote the sport of scuba diving in Ontario through safety, advocacy,
cultural & environmental awareness
, self-governance.....and fun!

Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons.

The OUC is always looking for talented people within the dive community who would like to give back to the sport.

We have several positions available and we can always use help with the ones which are filled. The OUC Team page is a great place to see who is currently on the Board and get contact info if you would like more details on a particular position.


Board Of Directors | Regional Coordinators | Special Portfolios


Board of Directors



President | Safety | Membership | Communications | Finance

PRESIDENT
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This is a 2 year elected position. The term for this position ends at the AGM in odd numbered years.

General Mandate: Accountable to the Ontario Underwater Council Membership for the overall operation of the Council.

Responsibilities:
  1. Act as chairman of the Board of Directors.
  2. Ensure that each Director is assuming full responsibility and accountability for their respective area.
  3. Be responsible for the fiscal policies and financial stability of the Council
  4. Be visible throughout the diving community as the President of the OUC
  5. Accept responsibility for all OUC programs which are directly run by an appointed Chairman for which no Director is directly responsible
  6. Be responsible to ensure the OUC's position and overall image are being properly presented.
  7. Co-ordinate with the Director of Membership to organize the AGM.
  8. Attend all Board of Director meetings
Objectives:
  1. Explore various fundraising initiatives
  2. Establish better relationships with manufacturers and retailers
  3. Liaise with other Provincial Councils
  4. Define the role of the OUC as a consumer advocate "where does the OUC come into disputes etc between divers, retailers, manufacturers and agencies"
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DIRECTOR, SAFETY
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This is normally a 2 year elected position. The term for this position ends at the AGM in even numbered years.

General Mandate: Responsible for looking out for the safety of divers in Ontario.

Responsibilities:
  1. Review Scuba Incidents and liaise with various investigative organizations
  2. Make recommendations and ensure the publication of OUC's 72 Hour Incident Report
  3. Assist in the review of sanctioning of events
  4. Assist in maintaining the Club Insurance Requirements and Risk Management document
  5. Assist in reviewing insurance and general risk management policies
  6. Develop and implement programs to improve the safety of Scuba Diving
  7. Work with other Board members and portfolio holders when asked to assist in safety questions
  8. Review the contents of and make recommendations to upgrade and/or expand the OUC Website as a functional resource for the sport diving community
  9. Attend all Board of Director meetings
Objectives:
  1. Assist in maintaining an exciting and informative website to encourage membership and provide information to Ontario divers.
  2. Assist with increasing the Council's visibility and safety portfolio
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DIRECTOR, MEMBERSHIP
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This is normally a 2 year elected position. The term for this position ends at the AGM in odd numbered years.

General Mandate: Ensure the continuation of the Council's strong and diverse membership base, while further developing strategies for obtaining new members from non-traditional sources of new divers.

Responsibilities:
  1. Coordinate the efforts of the Regional Coordinators in maintaining an effective communication with all member and non-member clubs.
  2. Ensure maximum renewal of members.
  3. Ensure that each non-member club is approached with a presentation as to why to join the OUC.
  4. Evaluate all areas of membership benefits and costs.
  5. Develop appropriate strategies for obtaining new members from
    • Current non-member clubs
    • Dive store affiliate programs
    • Independent Instructors
    • Training agency endorsements
  6. Ensure that regular club visitations are documented and that effective follow up on areas of concern is initiated
  7. In conjunction with the finance director recommend any membership fee increases
  8. Review any publications of the council relating directly with membership
  9. Attend all Board of Director meetings
  10. Arrange for Council presence at regional and provincial events
Objectives:
  1. Increase commercial and individual membership
  2. In conjunction with Industry director formalize retail and club visitation and appropriate reporting method to track
  3. Prepare plan to attract more individual members who have been trained through stores
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DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS
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This is a 2 year elected position. The term for this position ends at the AGM in odd numbered years.

General Mandate: Ensure that all OUC communication vehicles (Website, Newsletter, Scuba Community Directory, Shipwreck & Shore Dive Directory' etc.) are clear, correct, complete, and published in a timely manner.

Responsibilities:
  1. Ensure the publication of OUC's online "Ontario Scuba Community Directory" quarterly
  2. Ensure quarterly publication of the OUC newsletter
  3. Review the contents of and make recommendations to upgrade and/or expand the OUC Website as a functional resource for the sport diving community
  4. Attend all Board of Director meetings
Objectives:
  1. Assist in maintaining an exciting and informative website to encourage membership and provide information to Ontario divers.
  2. Assist with increasing the Council's visibility and media coverage
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DIRECTOR, FINANCE
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This is a 2 year elected position. The term for this position ends at the AGM in even numbered years.

General Mandate: To be responsible for ensuring adherence to the OUC fiscal policy, to develop an annual operating budget and to ensure regular monitoring of budget adherence.

Responsibilities:
  1. Establish the consolidated operating budget in conjunction with the Board of Directors and the Office Administrator.
  2. Participate in the development of budgets for each council operating divisions i.e. Treasure Hunt, Air Test Program
  3. Review monthly financial statements and conduct quarterly budget reviews.
  4. Prepare detailed six month financial performance evaluation
  5. Monitor the cost effectiveness of all OUC programs and initiate a Board review whenever poor program performance requires.
  6. Ensure all government reporting deadlines are met. Includes Corporate filings and Board revisions
  7. Ensure all third party funding handled by the OUC is properly administered
  8. Prepare necessary documentation for the annual audit and the year-end audit process is completed in a timely manner.
  9. Attend all Board of Director meetings.
Objectives:
  1. Diversify OUC's funding sources
  2. Continue to explore various fundraising initiatives
  3. Review each of the Council's programs with a goal of having each program self-funding
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Regional Coordinators


This is a 1 year elected position. The term for this position is 1 year ending at the AGM. Regional Coordinators are pulled from the dive community within their region. The regions are:

  • Ontario East 2 (Brockville, Cornwall, Ottawa)
  • Ontario East 1 (Kingston, Peterborough, Belleville)
  • Ontario Central-East (416 & 905 East of Hwy #11)
  • Ontario Central-West (W of Hwy 11 to Oakville and N to Gravenhurst)
  • Ontario South (Burlington, Hamilton, Fort Erie, Kitchener)
  • Ontario South-West (London, Windsor, Sarnia)
  • Ontario North-West (Thunder Bay)
  • Ontario North (Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay)

Regional coordinators are the Ambassadors of the OUC. To this end it is expected that you will be in touch with and/or visit the member clubs and Commercial members in your region on a regular basis. You are also expected to discuss the benefits of OUC and the importance of having a Provincial Sports Organization to act on behalf of the general community. You should be out touching base with the non-member clubs and commercial interests in your area to see what issues they may have and to see how we might serve them, while encouraging them to support the OUC through membership.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The role of the Regional Coordinator has 2 responsibilities, namely:
  1. to represent / coordinate the Region's issues & events in the Province's scuba forums, AND
  2. to represent / coordinate Provincial issues & events in the Region's scuba forums.

    1. "Region's issues and events" include but are not limited to things like local events, newsletter articles (either written by you, or collected by you from within your region, and submitted with permission for publication to a provincial audience), new Scuba Retailers, Clubs, or Charter Operators, Regional sport safety concerns, challenges you are having at the municipal or regional level, etc.

    2. "Provincial scuba forums" are the monthly OUC Team (Board of Directors and Regional Coordinators) meetings currently held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, starting at 7:30 p.m.. For 2011, Regional Coordinators will be asked to join at a minimum, the meetings in December of 2010, and February, April, June, August, October, and the AGM in November 2011. To reduce the time, effort, and cost of travel, OUC Team Meetings are facilitated by Teleconference Call with Toll-Free and local dial-in numbers. When the occasion permits, face-to-face Board Meetings are held at Board Members' residences or at the Ontario Sport Alliance Building (OUC's Home Office) in addition to the Teleconference facilities. The meetings run minimum 1 hour, maximum 2 hours in length. Logistics, agenda, and minutes of the previous meetings are e-mailed out to all team members prior to each meeting.

    3. "Region's scuba forums" include but are not limited to things like scuba club get-togethers of any kind, the visits made to scuba retailers when purchasing equipment or air fills, or visits made to charter operators. From time to time clubs may ask you to be a guest speaker or you might wish to make a presentation on a current topic.

    4. "Provincial issues and events" include but are not limited to things like OUC Safety Programs, OUC Sport Information Services, OUC Sport Promotion, and OUC-coordinated fun events like the annual OUC Ice Floe Race, OUC Booth & Demo Tank at Scuba World, etc.
Preferred Skills:
  1. Should have a passion for the sport of scuba and a desire to give something back to the sport at a higher level.
  2. Should have leadership qualities and the respect of the Region's scuba diving community.
  3. Should be computer-literate.
  4. Should be able to rise above local issues and see the bigger Regional-level picture.
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Special Portfolios

OUC is always looking for people with special skills and interests to take on portfolios. Some of the available Portfolios/Committees are:

Events Coordinator    | OUC Visibility | Scuba Community Directory
Shipwrecks Directory | Insurance       | Assistant Webmaster

These portfolios are normally a taken on by those who have a desire to help but don't necessarily wish to serve on the board. For some it is a way to get involved while learning as a progression to a position on the board. Much of the accomplishments at this level can be very visible and extremely rewarding. It is a great way to meet lots of new people and sometimes develop new skills, and is a great way to network inside and outside the diving community. This also looks great on a resume and many skills translate well into business.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The role of the Special Portfolio holder is always varied and will be based on the needs of the area you are working. For many, the portfolio is what you make of it. When you see something that can be improved, you can take the initiative, find or develop a solution and implement it. You can also build a team and make it go. You will receive the appreciation and respect of your peers. You CAN make a difference!!

Preferred Skills:
  1. Should have a desire to give something back to the sport of scuba at a higher level
  2. Should be computer-literate.
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