October 7, 2022 – Mississauga, Ontario – Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO) announced Friday, an open call for nominations for its Board of Directors. 

ISWO is the designated Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body for Ontario, serving all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis, living on and off-reserve, in rural and urban settings. ISWO develops opportunities for participation in sport and cultural activities that promote wellness and positive lifestyles for Indigenous Peoples across Ontario. ISWO is recognized by the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) and the North American Indigenous Games Council, and is the designated sport body for the development, selection and management of Team Ontario, which participates in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and North American Indigenous Games. 

ISWO is seeking individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting an online nomination on, or before November 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm (EST). A board-approved Nomination Committee will review all nominations and recommend a slate of candidates to the ISWO Board of Directors as per the schedule outlined below. The ISWO Nomination Committee is in the process of nominating up to a maximum of four (4) board members to serve a three-year term. The Committee seeks inclusive pools of candidates to ensure diversity among member applications, including: gender, Indigenous ancestry/representation (i.e., First Nations, Inuit, Métis), geographical representation and professional skill set, while sharing the values of ISWO. All applicants will be notified of their status prior to the board’s meeting to finalize the selected candidates. 

Board Recruitment and Selection Process

ISWO Board of Directors Application Process Open 

October 7, 2022

ISWO Board of Directors Application Process Closed 

November 11, 2022 

Review of Applications by the Board Nomination Committee 

Nov. 14 – Nov. 25, 2022 

Nomination Committee Interviews with Candidates and Reference Checks 

Dec. 5 – Dec. 9, 2022

Slate Presented to ISWO Board of Directors 

December 12, 2022

Board of Directors Final Review and Approval of Candidates 

December 13 – 16, 2022

Announcement of Newly Appointed Board Members 

December 20, 2022

General Role of a Board of Directors 

The Board consists of Officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary), and up to a maximum of eight (8) other members and the President. The Officers constitute the Executive Committee. The term of Board Members is three (3) years. The Board is the governing body of the organization. The Board deliberates and acts only by consensus during a properly called and noticed meeting with a quorum present. 

Responsibilities of Directors 

An ISWO board member is responsible to represent the Mission, Vision and Values of the organization. The role requires the Board Member to be accountable for the following duties (please note that this is not an exhaustive list, but meant only to highlight the most important aspects of board duties): 

  1. Meeting Participation – The Board Member is expected to participate in all meetings of the Board including conference calls and face-to-face meetings. 
  2. Committee Participation – The Board Member is also expected to actively participate or Chair one or more ISWO Committees, as amended from time to time. 
  3. Be Informed – The Board Member must be informed about the affairs of the organization to properly perform their duty to act in the best interest of the organization. The expectation is the Board Member prepares for each Board conference call or meeting by reviewing all material provided with the meeting agenda. The Board Member is also expected to listen to, empathize with and share the needs of the membership. 
  4. Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality – The Board Member shall not participate in any organizational decision when the Board Member has a material financial, political or personally advancing interest in the transaction in question, without first informing the Board of the interest and following proper procedures. 

ISWO Board Nomination application forms may be found here.



ISWO honours the traditional lands and homelands of all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis living both on and off reserve, in rural and urban communities.

Contact Information

Hilary Ostrom
ISWO Manager, Marketing and Communications