Member of Board of Directors

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Board of Directors for Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region (BFO-MR) is actively engaged in the governance of our not-for-profit organization. Board members are critical to our success and growth and contribute to the overall effectiveness of us meeting the needs of children, families and individuals in the community who are grieving the death of a loved one.

 ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Act as positive and passionate ambassadors for BFO-MR both in the board room and out in the community.
  • Regularly attend, be prepared for and actively participate in monthly board meetings.
  • Participate on at least one committee of the board.
  • Support the organization’s policies and procedures for conducting business and ensure its activities align with the mission and vision, as well as the objectives outlined in our Strategic Plan.
  • Provide constructive feedback and maintain an open dialogue with the Board Chair as it relates to the performance of the Executive Director.
  • Keep informed about the organization, its issues, and its connection to the community through active participation within BFO-MR and conscientious connection outside our organization.
  • Actively contribute to the financial health and sustainability of our organization through donations, participation in fundraising events and campaigns, and/or the planning and implementation of new initiatives.
  • Help identify and cultivate relationships in the community with the purpose of recruiting donors, volunteers, and advocates to support our work.
  • Attend BFO-MR events whenever possible

TIME COMMITMENT:
The expected time commitment is approximately 1-1.5 hours per month for board meetings, plus approximately 2 hours of committee work/preparation outside of the meetings. Board meetings are monthly from January to June and September to November with committee meetings in the interim (schedule to be determined). Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Executive Director or the Chair. Between Board meetings, members are asked to actively work on their committee projects to ensure activities are proceeding according to schedules.

TERM:

Currently, the length of term for a Board Member is two years, which is renewable for additional terms at the request of the Chair. Terms are renewed at our Annual General Meeting.

 IDEAL SKILLSETS

  • First and foremost a passion for supporting people and families in the community who are grieving
  • Strategic planning – Knowledge of business operations and procedures, demonstrable strategic thinking abilities, ability to problem-solve, organizational and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of the current political landscape and experience with advocacy
  • Experience with risk management assessment, policies and practices
  • Experience on other Boards/Committees an asset

THE IMPACT OF YOUR INVOLVEMENT:

Every year, at Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region, we help more than 1,000 people who are grieving the death of a loved one through our peer grief programs, education and outreach initiatives and memorial events. Our programs support families and individuals who are experiencing one of the most profoundly difficult times in their lives. Our organization is not about death and dying, it is about hope and healing. With your involvement, you are helping the healing begin.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested in applying to be become a Board member, please fill out an application form. Your application will be reviewed by the Board Chair and our selection committee. Only suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview.