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      Brett FergusonBrett Ferguson
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      Interesting structure that you don’t need to be a member to be on board but have to vote. Also some are appointed and some are elected. Lots of different areas that decision could be made and different biases. I would think most organizations would only want members as they have the vested interest in the organization.

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      Jen BudneyJen Budney
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      I agree that the Diefenbaker’s governance structure can make things a little muddy. Why do you think that some board members are appointed, in the case of this clinic? Does the appointment of board members indicate that there might sometimes be reasons for not pulling all board members from the general membership? This discussion of “external” board members is a current one in governance literature.

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      Brett FergusonBrett Ferguson
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      In my experience, having some board members being appointed or required to be from a certain area of field may be a good idea at first as interests and the idea of the organization are put first. After time yo may be finding less interested people just to find someone from a certain area and may not have the interest of the organization first.

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      Ward WeisenselWard Weisensel
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      I think appointment of some board members make sense as the core funding is coming from government. That said, the remaining Board members have the ability to dialogue directly with a government representative on priorities for serving the less well off in society. The Board provides a forum for this to occur and this likely results in better direction in the achievement of the organizations objectives.

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