The direction of EDIFIDE is set by the Board of Directors who are elected by and from the membership. The Board, in turn, works with the Executive Director who is responsible for the implementation of the direction. Much of the work is done by Board-appointed committees which meet up to four times per year. Each committee includes a Board representative whose task it is prepare the agenda (often done in consultation with the Executive Director) and to chair the meeting. All committee recommendation must be approved by the board. The working Committees are:
- Promotion and Membership
- Convention Planning (and Standing)
- Professional Development
- International Opportunities
Every October, Edifide hosts an annual convention. This convention is a time for fellowship, worship, inspiration and sharing. It allows our members from across Ontario as well as PEI, New York to gather centrally in Ancaster, Ontario. The convention generally presents two major keynote speakers as well as up to nine major presenters and numerous workshops run by members and various educators. The goal each year is to focus on “faith in education” by emphasizing specific themes and ideas.
The Convention Committee has two components: a rotating (by geographical region) Annual Convention Committee which plans the Edifide convention in detail and the Standing Convention Committee which provides continuity and direction by arranging the main speakers and by overseeing the work of the rotating committee. The schools in the Grand District are planning the October 2013 Convention.
One of the other features of the annual convention is to celebrate the milestones of our members as well as those who celebrate milestones from our sister organizations, the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools and the Ontario Christian Schools Administrators Association. The annual gathering also gives us the ability to run our Annual Breakfast Membership Meeting.