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Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (Virtual/Remote VOLUNTEER BOARD MEMBER – SUICIDE PREVENTION)

Organization Name: Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
Category: Boards / Committee / Leadership
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: July 8, 2022
End Date: August 21, 2022

  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
Opportunity Description:

Volunteer from your couch or desk. Be actively involved with suicide prevention by volunteering for the CASP Board of Directors. Meetings are held online using Zoom from anywhere in Canada you can connect to internet. Deadline to apply is August 21st. We need help with charity law, board governance, public relations and more… CASP aspires to be a leading voice for advocacy, communication and education for suicide prevention, intervention, postvention and life promotion within Canada and ensure that our efforts are inclusive of the diverse perspectives and circumstances of those across our Country impacted by suicide. We invite individuals who are currently living permanently in Canada and who have an interest in suicide prevention and are committed to using their skills in support of a nationally focused body to apply to volunteer on our Board of Directors. Term and Location  Directors will serve for a term of three years with eligibility for reappointment for a second consecutive term of three years.  The Board meets virtually via video-conference calls on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except July and August, from 12:00pm -1:30pm Eastern time.  There are also two in-person meetings within Canada annually (one of which is during the National Conference in May). These positions will commence September 28, 2022, at the end of the AGM meeting. Time Commitment  Meetings of the Board of Directors are 90 minutes in duration once a month from September to June. Directors are expected to also participate on at least one board committee, which meet monthly for one hour (and as needed); and must make reasonable efforts to attend all scheduled meetings. Additionally, Board members should plan to be accessible for contact by email in between Board meetings. Skills and Experience  The nomination and selection process is designed to maintain a board composition that includes experience and competency in various areas. We are seeking to add experience in the following areas: Charity Law Board Governance Human Resources Management Fundraising Communications/Media Public Relations/Public Affairs Board members must be able to work in English (read, write, speak). The ability to also work in French, Indigenous languages, or any other language is an asset. Board Members Responsibilities   Prepare in advance for decision-making and policy formation at Board meetings; take responsibility for self-education on the major issues before the Board. Responsibly review and act upon committee recommendations brought to the Board for action. Participate in the annual Board development and planning retreat. In general, utilize personal and professional skills, relationships and knowledge for the advancement of CASP. Engagement in fundraising activities. Application Process  Consistent with CASP’s commitment to increase diversity, we encourage applications from people who are currently living permanently in Canada who reflect Canada’s diversity.   We welcome all nominations, though we are seeking nominations from: People from marginalized or racialized populations including First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. LGBTQ2S+. People with Lived Experience of suicide related behaviours and/or thoughts. People impacted by suicide loss. People living with a disability. People representing British Columbia, Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan. The CASP Board meets virtually, therefore, Board members are required to have either an internet or phone connection. Computer, internet and phone expenses are not covered by CASP. Interested individuals should submit our application online which includes submitting a resume, cover letter, and two references by August 21, 2022. Please use our website link below to apply.

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