National Capital FreeNet / Libertel de la Capitale nationale

Michael Mason (an956) - Candidate

I have been a member of the National Capital FreeNet almost since its inception. Over the years I have been a member of the Development (fundraising) Committee, a Volunteer Coordinator, organizer of a number of public events (annual picnics, Hallowe'en parties), coordinator of the first-ever online auction on NCF in 1994 as well as coordinator of all subsequent auctions.

Since becoming a member of the Board in 1997, I have been Secretary, First Vice-President as well as President since late-1999. I have been involved in both the policy and operations side of the organization for a very long time. I hope that in my second term we will see NCF's services to members grow and continue to improve. I feel that with my experience in all facets of the organization I will be able to play a great role in helping this happen.

What skills will you contribute to the NCF board?

I will continue to support NCF with my fundraising and leadership skills, coupled with my experience in not-for-profit organizations which is invaluable to the continuing survival of NCF. As Board Chair I will be able to provide guidance to new members and help integrate them into a new, functional body.

What do you think are the most important functions of the NCF for its members?

Providing access to the Internet to those who wish to be NCF members as well as providing a sense of community that is not found on traditional service providers are very important functions of this organization. Improving equipment and levels of service will continue to be a priority for the NCF in order to maintain and grow membership. In addition, new services (such as Thin Client, which will allow members to use software packages that would otherwise be unavailable to older computers) will also be a bonus to current members and an incentive for new members to join.

Why do you want to be an NCF director?

I have been on the Board of Directors for three years now and have been selected as Secretary, Vice-President and President by my peers. I have been active as a fundraiser, have helped organize public events and have helped out in every way I could in the last three years.

I believe my experience on this Board will be a needed asset as we are likely going to have a very new Board with many new members. Application of policy and procedural knowledge as Chair of meetings will help make the transition smooth and seamless.

There is still much work to do and I hope to continue contributing for some years to come.