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2016 Board of Directors Nominations
Dear Members,
The OIA Nominations Sub-Committee is now accepting applications from all categories of member organisations for the next Board of Directors election, which will take place Sunday, 18 September 2016 during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at our Conference in Anaheim, California, USA.  

This is a volunteer position that requires a considerable time commitment from the individual, as well as support by their employer to make this a priority volunteer activity. This representative should possess a global perspective, be actively involved in the osteopathic profession, and be able to provide leadership and knowledge to an international osteopathic membership organisation.

The Full membership will vote on three (3) seats – with one (1) automatic membership – at the Anaheim, California AGM on Sunday, 18 September.  Each seat’s term is three-years (3), limited to two (2) consecutive terms, which begins immediately following the OIA’s AGM.  The allocated seat, reserved for the largest full member osteopath organisation, will be filled by that organisation’s designee, according to the bylaws.

Please consider offering a nominee from your member organisation, or lay person who you know has the expertise and would take an active role in contributing to the continuing growth and success of the OIA.  Be sure to contact the person you wish to nominate prior to submitting their name, to ensure he/she understands the commitment that would be required as a volunteer Board Member.

Board of Director List of Competencies 
Every potential Board candidate, who will be a member of an OIA member organisation or lay person, must maintain a high ethical standard in representing and serving the OIA and the international osteopathic community, possess high integrity, and uphold professional conduct.  In addition, the person must meet the following criteria:
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to work and provide leadership for the OIA.
  • Expertise in the osteopathic profession.
  • Knowledge and support of OIA programs.
  • Ability to help build consensus and be a team player.
  • Experience working productively with the OIA staff.
  • Understanding of commitment required:
    • Understanding of time commitments and support of employer, family, etc…of the necessary time commitments.
    • Consider the OIA one of your priority volunteer activities.
    • Any perceived or potential conflict of interest identified and plans made to resolve if necessary.
  • Previous membership on an OIA committee, sub-committee or task force (recommended but not required)
  • Expertise in the following areas would be helpful to add value to the OIA Board:
    • International, multinational or global experience.
    • Membership or knowledge of similar organisations.
    • Experience with strategic planning.
    • Experience in the osteopathic academic community.
    • Evaluate plans based on realistic assessments of the future.
    • Demonstrate the capacity to innovate and assess adequacy of resources to implement plans.
The individual nominated must take an active role and contribute to the continuing growth and success of the OIA.
For more information and to nominate a candidate, please download the Nominations Chart and Board of Directors Candidate form.  To access a copy of this letter, click hereThe deadline for nomination submission to 
is 21 May 2016.


Dr Karen Nichols, Chair
OIA Nominations Sub-Committee 
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