Making the Most of Board Member Transitions

Condominium boards can do three things to help get newly elected directors up to speed quickly, so they can hit the ground running.
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Written By Salim Dharssi

June 22, 2024

What's one thing all condo board members need to manage?

Change.

Condo board directors change, property managers change. and staff like cleaning, maintenance and security personnel change.

During the course of a board member's term on their condo board, which is usually a 3-year term for condos in Ontario, Canada, board members will have to deal with a lot of transition in many key roles in their condo.

Board member transition

Board member transition was top of mind when I got the opportunity to write an article in Condovoice magazine. Condovoice is a quarterly print and digital magazine published by the Toronto and Area Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute.

At the time, I was asked to rejoin the condo board I had previously served on a few years prior. Given my past experience, I knew what I was getting myself into. I was prepared to spend the time needed to help the board manage our condo building.

When I rejoined the board, I tried to find ways that I could get up to speed quickly. I wanted to contribute from day 1 because there was no time to waste. Our condo had a lot of work in-progress and we were in the midst of a change in management as well.

What I learned when I rejoined my condo board

I tried a number of things to get up to speed quickly, including asking for and reviewing recent records like board meeting minutes and engineering reports and speaking with the current board members between meetings. It wasn't a perfect transition, but I learned a lot in the process.

My experience led me to identify three things a condo board could do to more effectively onboard a new condo board director:

  1. Document the condo's project plans
  2. Provide mentorship to new board members, and
  3. Establish committees for smoother transitions.

Link to article in Condovoice Magazine

Read my full article here: "Making the most of Board member transitions" (Condovoice, Volume 27, Issue Number 1, Fall 2022).

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November 28, 2022

What's one thing all condo board members need to manage?

Change.

Condo board directors change, property managers change. and staff like cleaning, maintenance and security personnel change.

During the course of a board member's term on their condo board, which is usually a 3-year term for condos in Ontario, Canada, board members will have to deal with a lot of transition in many key roles in their condo.

Board member transition

Board member transition was top of mind when I got the opportunity to write an article in Condovoice magazine. Condovoice is a quarterly print and digital magazine published by the Toronto and Area Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute.

At the time, I was asked to rejoin the condo board I had previously served on a few years prior. Given my past experience, I knew what I was getting myself into. I was prepared to spend the time needed to help the board manage our condo building.

When I rejoined the board, I tried to find ways that I could get up to speed quickly. I wanted to contribute from day 1 because there was no time to waste. Our condo had a lot of work in-progress and we were in the midst of a change in management as well.

What I learned when I rejoined my condo board

I tried a number of things to get up to speed quickly, including asking for and reviewing recent records like board meeting minutes and engineering reports and speaking with the current board members between meetings. It wasn't a perfect transition, but I learned a lot in the process.

My experience led me to identify three things a condo board could do to more effectively onboard a new condo board director:

  1. Document the condo's project plans
  2. Provide mentorship to new board members, and
  3. Establish committees for smoother transitions.

Link to article in Condovoice Magazine

Read my full article here: "Making the most of Board member transitions" (Condovoice, Volume 27, Issue Number 1, Fall 2022).

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