Call for Nominations 2021/22 ARIDO Board of Management

Call for Nominations 2021/22 ARIDO Board of Management

It’s a really interesting time to join the ARIDO Board of Management. The Board of Management develops and guides the association’s strategic direction and works to advance the profession and association provincially.

If you want to be part of shaping our collective future and take part in the decision making which guides ARIDO, maybe it’s time to apply!

ARIDO’s Nominating Committee will begin working on the slate of nominations for the 2021/22 ARIDO Board of Management. There are currently three Director positions open for the ARIDO Board of Management for the coming term along with one position for President-elect.

Registered members in good standing who are interested in putting their name forward or who wish to nominate another Registered Member will require their nomination to be seconded by three (3) other Registered members in good standing, in accordance with ARIDO’s Operating By-laws (By-law No. 1). Please click here for a copy of the nomination form.

Included with the nomination should be a short bio outlining the candidate’s practice and volunteer history. The candidate should also include a statement outlining why they wish to be considered for the ARIDO Board of Management. Please use this form.

President-elect Criteria
A candidate for President-elect must have served as an elected director on the Board of Management, a Chapter President, or as a member of an ARIDO Standing Committee or Task Force of the Association for a full term of office at least once in the 15 years prior to the date of the election.

Board Term
Elected Board Members will serve on the ARIDO Board for a three-year term.

Intern Director
One representative from the Intern membership is appointed by the Board of Management, for a period of one year and may be re-appointed annually for no more than three consecutive years. The current Intern Director position will be open for new appointment as of April 2021. Intern members interested in this position should submit a short bio outlining a brief summary about them and their volunteer history. The Intern should also include a statement outlining why they wish to be considered for the ARIDO Board of Management. Please use this form.

Diversity and Inclusion
Earlier this year, ARIDO released a statement committing to address the under-representation of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour within the interior design profession and ARIDO Board of Management. In order to establish a Board that reflects Ontario’s multicultural society more fully and further advance the association’s work to uphold equity and diversity, the Board of Management is seeking nominations of members who self-identify as part of groups which have been under-represented in the past.

This can include, but is not limited to, individuals who self-identify as:

  • Black, Indigenous or People of Colour
  • individuals with disabilities
  • individuals who identify as LGBTQIA2
  • individuals with diverse gender identities
  • New Canadians or Permanent Residents

ARIDO also recognizes that individuals may self-identify as members of multiple groups.

With greater diversity on the Board of Management, ARIDO can work towards an enhanced and elevated commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion for all within our profession and community.

Volunteer Commitment
The ARIDO Board of Management meets monthly, in person, or via teleconference, with additional meetings as needed.

Board Term
Elected Board Members will serve on the ARIDO Board for a three-year term.

Any members submitting a nomination should do so by Friday, December 11, 2020.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the nominations process, please email  Irma Kemp at ikemp@arido.ca or phone 416-921-2127 ext. 4225.

ARIDO Diversity and Inclusion Committee Formed

The ARIDO Diversity and Inclusion Committee has been formed with the following mandate:
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will support ARIDO to further its continued commitment to foster and uphold diversity and inclusion in the interior design profession. ARIDO values each of its members, their qualifications, and their right to practice Interior Design in Ontario. This Committee will review all upcoming priorities and initiatives, as well as identify activities that do not currently exist, in order to determine where we can enhance and raise the association’s commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion for all.
The Committee will focus on four distinct areas: the profession of interior design currently practising in Ontario potential or emerging designers and increasing their inclusion into the profession supporting ARIDO staff within their workplace and their interactions with others public education around the value of interior design services and its accessibility to clients of all needs.
The Committee’s work has begun and they will provide updates to the membership as their work progresses, along with opportunities for the membership to provide feedback.
If you have a concern or suggestion to raise with the committee, or something you want them to address, please contact one of the committee Chairs.
Golnar Raissi, co-Chair | goli.raissi@gmail.com
Mahesh Babooram, co-Chair | mbabooram@officesource.ca
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is:
Top row: Golnar Raissi, co-Chair; Mahesh Babooram, co-Chair; Lucia De Biasio, Kathryn Lawrence, Amy Pothier. Bottom row: Maia Roffey, Luipa Tamanna, Sine-Tibeb Workneh, Sharon Portelli, ARIDO staff; Irma Kemp, ARIDO staff.

IS INACTIVE MEMBERSHIP RIGHT FOR YOU?

If you’re a Registered or Intern Member expecting to take professional maternity/paternity, study, or illness leave in 2021, you may want to consider ARIDO’s Inactive status of Membership.

Inactive Membership status might be right for you if:

  • you are in good standing with ARIDO at the time of your Inactive application
  • you will not be engaging in the practice of Interior Design by reason of:

– maternity/paternity leave
– returning to school to upgrade your skills related to design or running a business
– long-term illness or injury
– or other reason approved by the ARIDO Registrar

During your year of Inactive Membership, you are not permitted to engage in the practice of interior design or use any Association designation, e.g. ‘Intern/Registered, ARIDO’ or the title Interior Designer for Registered members. You are also not entitled to vote at the AGM or Special Meetings of the Association, or hold an elected office in the Association e.g. ARIDO President, ARIDO Board of Management etc.

You must pay the required Inactive Membership dues and consult with your insurance company on the status of your professional liability insurance during this inactive period. You may be required to maintain this insurance for the protection of your clients or the Public.

Inactive Membership is detailed in the ARIDO Membership By-Law.

Apply Now in the Membership Gateway:

Complete your Inactive Membership Application now in the Membership Gateway.

Step 1) Log in with your email address and password, then click on your membership in the gray ‘Memberships’ box

Step 2) Click on ‘Registered/Intern Inactive Status Application’

Step 3) Complete the Application with your information

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IS RETIRED MEMBERSHIP RIGHT FOR YOU?

If you have permanently retired from interior design and are no longer practicing, but would like to remain involved with the organization, you may want to consider Retired Membership. Retired Members of ARIDO are members who have been Registered Members but are permanently retired from the practice of interior design.

The only designation Retired members may use is the designation “Retired Member, ARIDO” following their name.

As a Retired member, you may not vote at the ARIDO AGM or Special Meetings of the Association. You are not required to complete PD, and you may not work in any capacity related to interior design, i.e. consulting on projects, giving professional advice, etc.

More information on the Retired Membership Category is available in the ARIDO Membership By-Law.

Complete your Retired Membership Application in the Membership Gateway.

Step 1) Log in with your email address and password. Click on ‘Memberships’ in the gray box

Step 2) Click on ‘Registered Retirement Application’

Step 3) Complete the Application with your information.

Apply today for the ARIDO Art Appreciation Award in partnership with Doner-Turrin Inc.

This scholarship is intended to promote the appreciation of artwork within the Interior Design process. It awards $500 to one first year Interior Design student.

First year Interior Design students in any ARIDO recognized program are invited to submit an application by Friday, February 26th, 2021.

Questions? Please contact:

Rachel Turrin
Doner Turrin Inc
rachel@donerturrin.com
donerturrin.com

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ARIDO PD PROGRAM INFO SESSION

If you have any questions about your PD credits, ARIDO staff Jose Tanabe, Regulatory Coordinator and Ali Moenck, Communications Coordinator are hosting an interactive webinar October 7th from 12 noon to 12:30 PM.

Bring your questions about the current PD program, eligible activities you may be completing already, and anything else that relates to the ARIDO PD program.

Contact communications@arido.ca to request access to the Zoom link.

Resolved: ARIDOAccess, ARIDO Membership Gateway unavailable

18 September, 2020

These issues have now been resolved, if you experience any issues with the Gateway or ARIDOAccess, please contact communications@arido.ca.

ARIDOAccess and the ARIDO Membership Gateway including the PD Dashboard are currently unavailable. We will update members as these issues are resolved.

Quadrangle Emerging Leaders Network presents ‘Engaging Change’

Event Date : August 26 2020, 6pm-7:30pm

Join architecture and design firm Quadrangle for a live panel discussion with four panelists and a moderator on systemic racism in architecture and design.

The event will draw on the experiences of each panelist and what they have seen as systemic racism in the industry. Areas of discussion will include unconscious bias in a professional practice, systemic racism through the education of architecture and design, and Black female representation within the industry.

While the news has been shining a negative light on terrible events that have happened, the event aims to create a positive yet balanced approach around a discussion about Black representation in the AEC industry and educate the leaders of tomorrow.

Quadrangle hopes to be a leader in raising awareness with this event and have a discussion on the framework for the much needed change towards this social issue.

Moderator: Sam Oboh- a highly respected RAIC Fellow, 2015 President of the Alberta RAIC Chapter

Panelists:
Camille Mitchell- Architect at Gensler, VP at BAIDA (Black Architects and Interior Designers Association)

Cheryll Case- Urban Planner, CP Planning

Naki Osutei- Associate VP of Social Impact, TD Bank

Ossie Airewele- Design and Project Lead, Quadrangle

ARIDO’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario has a continued commitment to foster and uphold diversity and inclusion in the interior design profession and values each of our members, their qualifications, and their right to practice Interior Design in Ontario.

On June 8, 2020, the ARIDO Board reflected upon and discussed recent global events, including feedback received from some members. ARIDO recognizes it is in a position to be a stronger industry leader that addresses the under-representation of Black, Indigenous and people of colour within the interior design profession and accelerate the association’s work to uphold equity and diversity. ARIDO condemns the biases, conscious or otherwise, that affect the paths of racialized interior designers in this industry. ARIDO has a continued commitment to uphold diversity in the interior design profession in Ontario through programs such as the Intern Competencies Review System (ICRS) which provides a path into membership for internationally trained individuals and our ROI charity initiative which has restored dignity to various groups of marginalized Ontarians.

With the 2020/21 Strategic Plan, the Board and staff see an opportunity to review all upcoming priorities and initiatives to determine where we can enhance and raise the association’s commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion. A Diversity and Inclusivity committee will be formed to examine these concerns in detail, and provide recommendations to the Board of Management and membership for implementation.
The Board is updating all ARIDO committees and mandating them to explore ways for improvement across the organization within the context of their current mandate. As this work begins, we will keep the membership informed of their initiatives and progress.

ARIDO takes its role as a leader in the Ontario design community seriously and is committed to supporting all current and potential members on their career path, building community through important initiatives such as our mentorship program, and ensuring all interior designers in Ontario feel included, supported, and represented.

If you have feedback or experiences to share with the Board, or would like to submit your candidacy for the Diversity and Inclusivity committee, please complete this online form.

Yours truly,
The ARIDO Board of Management and Staff