BFO Ottawa is welcoming new Board members!
Volunteer Types: Board Leadership, Communications and Marketing, Fundraising, Governance (Boards, Committees), Mental Health, Writing
Organization types: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Community and Social Services, LGBTQIA2+, Public/Society Benefit
Ongoing (more than a year)
Application Deadline: February 4, 2024
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BFO Ottawa is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors who have the responsibility of growing, leading, developing and approving the strategic direction of BFO Ottawa and establishing appropriate governance to ensure promotion of the mission and sustainable long-term growth and viability of the organization. As a member of our Board, you will have the opportunity to use your business skills, knowledge and/or your personal experiences to make an impact in the direction of BFO Ottawa.

Core skills and competencies

BFO Ottawa Board members must possess
• Professional experience and expertise in one or more of these areas:
o Marketing
o Communications
o Human Resources
o Grant writing
o Fundraising and Sponsorship
• Lived experience in grief and bereavement would be a great asset but not mandatory.
• Also preferred but not mandatory is previous experience in serving on a non-profit, community-based board, and/or committee.

Expectations and requirements

Expectations and requirements of Board members are as follows:
• Contribution on average about 10 – 20 hours per month, including attending the monthly Board meetings
• Lead one of the BFO strategic priorities set out in the 2023 – 2025 Strategic Plan.
• Serve a two-year term with opportunity to renew.
• Represent BFO Ottawa at events
• Act as conscientious ambassadors who advocate for the organization’s mission and garner support from the community
• Assist with fundraising, outreach in the community and relationship building
• Be willing to engage your network as appropriate
• Provide a clean Vulnerable Sector Screening Police check.
Recruitment Process

Are you interested in being a part of the BFO Ottawa team? Does this sound like you? If so, we look forward to your application!

Please email your resume and a brief cover letter stating your interest by November 30 to Micheline Lepage, Chair, BFO Ottawa at [email protected] with the subject line “Board Member Application”. Applications will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
The grieving community in Ottawa is greatly underserved and this is an amazing opportunity to give back to the grieving community. Grief isn't a topic people like to talk about but everyone will grieve the loss of a loved one at some point in their lives. Nobody understands grief and bereavement better than someone who has suffered the same type of loss which is why peer support is so important for grievors. BFO’s ongoing commitment to all those involved with BFO Ottawa is to listen and learn and then lead through our actions in order to build and support an organization that is diverse, equitable and inclusive for all.
How will the organization benefit?
BFO Ottawa will gain with your leadership and input by continuing to grow and improve our peer-to-peer support programs and services and events to those grieving the loss of a loved one in the the Ottawa Region.


Micheline Lepage
@Bereaved Families of Ontario - Ottawa Region
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This position would be great for: Adults
Number of Positions Available: 3
Good for people interested in: Board Leadership, Communications and Marketing, Fundraising, Governance (Boards, Committees), Mental Health, Writing
You will be helping with: Disadvantaged, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous persons, LGBTQI2+, Men, Persons new to Canada, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions, Seniors, Visible minorities or racialized persons, Women, Youth (19-24 years)

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  • Vulnerable sector check required
  • This position can accommodate persons with a disability
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