Member, Board of Directors

Time Commitment: 
Long-Term (6+ months)
Deadline to Apply: 
Friday, August 28, 2020
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Bereaved Families of Ontario - Southwest Region helps the healing begin for individuals who have experienced a loss – especially the loss of a child.

Support is provided through one to one and group support provided by our Program Coordinator and volunteers.

Our organization currently employs two part-time staff; and is one of ten Bereaved Families affiliates operating in Ontario.

As a member of the Board, you will play an essential role in providing feedback, expertise and guidance to the Executive Director.

Being a Board Member offers you the opportunity to improve and hone your leadership skills, and participate in financial and governance decisions normally offered to senior level management in businesses and other institutions.

You will be making a meaningful contribution to a community based organization while learning about grief, loss and the mutual support peer to peer model offered through Bereaved Families.


> Actively prepare for, and participate, in monthly meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month (evenings, approximately 2 hours long). Includes reading agendas, minutes, reports and other documentation that are provided approximately 5-7 days in advance.

> Assist in establishing and reviewing policies that guide the organization in achieving its mandate.

> Participate in providing financial oversight.

> Provide feedback and support as needed and requested by the Executive Director.

> Commit to the values of BFO-SW and act in the best interests of all people served by BFO-SW.

> Attend at least 2 fundraising or community memorial events per year.

> Participate in Sub-committees as needed.

> Attend and participate in the Annual General Meeting.

> Declare conflicts of interest.

> Understand and maintain confidentiality.

> Commit to a 3-year term (can be renewed once)

Skills Preferred:

Attention to detail

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Ability and willingness to effectively and positively collaborate with staff and other volunteers.

Ability to review and respond promptly to email communications (within 1-2 business days of receipt)

Past Board or Committee experience is beneficial but not required.


> Applicants should be a resident of the geographical area BFO-Southwest services: London/Middlesex; Perth; Huron; Elgin; Kent; Lambton; or Oxford

> A satisfactory Criminal Reference Check will be required.

We are looking for 3 types of Board Members:

> A Board Secretary

> Members with specific skills such as finance, accounting, law, information technology, marketing and social services.

> General Board Members

If interested in applying to join our Board of Directors, please send your resume, a link to an online profile or simply provide your name, contact information and an overview of your experience and interest in an email to our Executive Director Susan Ratz at .

Please also indicate where you heard about and saw this posting.

Expressions of interest are appreciated by Friday, August 28th although we will continue to consider applicants beyond this date.

We appreciate all submissions; however, we will only contact those to be interviewed.  No phone calls please.

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