The Embalmers and Funeral Directors Board of Newfoundland and Labrador (the Board) regulates the practice of the profession within Newfoundland and Labrador including the following matters: the preparation and submission of an annual report; prescribing fees; making by-laws; making regulations (subject to the approval of the Minister of Service NL); conducting inspections; granting licenses; and matters related to discipline.
The association is governed by a board of directors consisting of the following members: Two embalmers, elected in accordance with the by-laws and two funeral directors, elected in accordance with the by-laws. The association then elects one of these members to serve as Chairperson of the Board. Three members are appointed by the Minister of Service NL to represent the public interest. Public interest members must not be embalmers, funeral directors, or members of the association.
Individuals interested a public interest appointment to the board should have a diverse background and bring a wide range of perspectives and knowledge. Collectively, public interest appointees could possess the following core competencies:
The Board is required to hold an annual general meeting once in each year at a time and place that may be set out in the by-laws. The Board may also hold other general meetings during the year as provided for in the by-laws. Further to this, the Board typically meets four times a year for full day meetings. There may also be subcommittee work involved which usually requires four full day meetings per year.
In accordance with the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act, 2008, a person appointed by the Minister holds office for a term of 3 years and is eligible to be re-appointed. Where a person appointed by the minister holds office for a period of 9 consecutive years the person is not eligible for appointment as a member of the board until the expiration of 12 months from the end of the year in which he or she was last a member. Where the term of an appointed member expires, he or she continues to be a member until re-appointed or replaced but time served by that member under this subsection shall not be counted for the purpose of the 9 consecutive year limitation.
One public interest appointment is currently needed on the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Board. Consideration would be given to candidates with diverse backgrounds and bring a wide range of perspectives and knowledge to the work of the Board.