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Call for Nominations for Board Membership--Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute

Member-at-Large, Voluntary Position, Three-Year Term

The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute is a key player in the national effort to improve the lifestyle and fitness of Canadians. Established in September 1980, the Institute is a leader in understanding population levels of physical activity and translating this knowledge to inform policy. Through its own research and its network of national and international scholars, the Institute provides research findings and information for evidence-based decision making to governments at all levels as well as national and private-sector organizations. By creating knowledge about physical activity, its determinants and its outcomes, the Institute provides evidence required so that professionals and policy makers can take action in improving the lifestyles of Canadians. As a not-for-profit applied research organization concerned with translating research into policy, the Institute is supported on an annual basis by funds received from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Provincial and Territorial Governments.

The Institute is directed by a Board of Directors comprised of eminent scholars and professionals concerned with research and policy related to population physical activity. The Board is currently seeking nominations for a Member-at Large to serve on its Board of Directors. We are asking for your help in identifying individuals who would be interested in serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute. Although the work is voluntary, expenses to attend meetings will be reimbursed.  Directors are expected to attend one two-day meeting and up to twelve conference calls of the Board of Directors annually. In addition, they may be asked to serve on an ad-hoc committee of the Board, as the need arises. All Board Members serve as Members-at-Large and as such do not represent any link or affiliation to other organizations.

If you would like to nominate anyone for consideration, please confirm their interest and availability with them prior to submission of their names. Please ask nominees to submit a one to two page abbreviated curriculum vitae or outline pf their experiences and involvement related to the four criteria: 1) demonstrated expertise in physical activity or health 2) interest in furthering physical activity research and the development of knowledge of interventions 3) direct experience or appreciation for both research and policy and 4) demonstrated network of contacts. A practical application of the scientific literature to practice or demonstrated involvement in community interventions would satisfy the criteria of research and policy links. Candidates will not have a conflict of interest with the CFLRI nor be a major funder of its initiatives.

We would like to receive nominations and the abbreviated curriculum vitae by January 31, 2008. These should be sent to MCosta@cflri.ca.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping us to recruit high caliber individuals to guide the ongoing development of the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Cora Lynn Craig
President & Chief Scientist