Board Member with Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing
Volunteer Types: Governance (Boards, Committees)
Organization types: Community and Social Services
Ongoing (more than a year)
Application Deadline: July 6, 2023
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Options Bytown is a non-profit organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in Ottawa. Our focus is on helping people to get out of shelters, off streets and into stable, permanent housing. Our efforts to end homelessness includes supportive housing, a housing first program, resource centers for tenants of Ottawa Community Housing buildings, and housing supports for people accessing treatment for substance disorders. We are proud to have developed and implemented a Reconciliation Action Plan, a public acknowledgement and commitment to promote reconciliation practices and efforts.

Role of the board

The Board of Directors is the governance body of Options Bytown. The board provides strategic direction, financial oversight, sets policy, and supports the Executive Director. It is accountable to tenants and other stakeholders and serves as an advocate and steward of the organization’s mission and values framework. The board of directors ensures that the lived experience of its clients is reflected in its worth through regular meetings between directors and members of the tenant community.

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
As a board member you have an opportunity to contribute to preventing and ending homelessness in Ottawa. In addition to participating in board meetings and serving on committees, board members bring their own professional and personal knowledge and expertise. Board members are active in decision making, setting strategic direction, and monitoring the organizations performance.
How will the organization benefit?
Board members are expected to: • Commit to approximately 6-8 hours per month for work related to Options Bytown, including preparation for Board meetings, attending Board meetings, participating in committees, and attending special events. • Participate in at least 70 per cent of Board meetings (attend approximately 7 meetings per year). • Serve on at least one committee (approximately 5-6 meetings per year, depending on committee). • Adhere to Options Bytown’s Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy. • Be engaged and work collaboratively in the best interests of Options Bytown. Board terms are three years in length. Directors may serve a maximum of three terms, to a maximum of nine years. Applications must be submitted electronically and include: • A brief (maximum 2 pages) summary of your interest in joining the Options Bytown board and how you hope to contribute. Please include any relevant experience such as but not limited to the legal, finance, homelessness, or mental health sectors. • Your curriculum vitae.
Volunteer location:
380 Cumberland Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9P3


Daniel Leblanc, Annie Carruthers
@Options Bytown
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This position would be great for: Adults
Number of Positions Available: 3
Good for people interested in: Governance (Boards, Committees)
You will be helping with: Disadvantaged, Homeless, Persons new to Canada, Seniors

Volunteer Considerations

  • Police record check required
  • Vulnerable sector check required
  • Public transportation available
  • This position can accommodate persons with a disability
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