Volunteer Opportunity: Join our board of directors!

At the heart of our volunteer-run organization are the women who sit on our board of directors. At our annual meeting in June, there will be elections to fill several vacancies. Board members are elected for a 2-year term, which may be renewed. Won’t you consider joining the team? Here is information about the available positions:


Fundraising/Special Events Director

As the name suggests, the fundraising/special events director is responsible for overseeing our organization’s fundraising efforts and special events. The director receives a great deal of assistance from the events coordinator, the staff member responsible for coordinating our events and fundraisers. In addition, the director works with the team of volunteers on our fundraising committee.

The Centre’s major fundraiser is our annual silent auction held in November. This year, a second fundraising event was added, our April spring bazaar. Through the year, the Centre organizes a number of events for our members, including the welcome event, holiday basket collection, and volunteer luncheon. The Centre also hosts an International Women’s Day celebration attended by guests from other non-profit groups and local government representatives. It is expected that the fundraising/special events director would be available for the auction and as many other special events/fundraisers as possible. In addition to board meetings, this position takes 4 to 5 hours per month – with more hours needed during the months of October and November.



The treasurer heads the finance committee and has the general responsibility of overseeing the Centre’s finances. The treasurer assists with a number of tasks, including developing and implementing financial policy; planning and revising budgets; presenting budgets and financial updates to the board of directors; assisting with funding applications; and overseeing the financial planning of our organization. The treasurer works closely with the accountant/office administrator, a member of the Women’s Centre’s staff. An officer of the board of directors, the treasurer also sits on the personnel committee. The position is a wonderful opportunity for a person with an interest or background in finance. The volunteer commitment is estimated as follows: 2 hours per month for board meetings, 8 hours per year for finance meetings, and 8 hours per year for personnel meetings.


Other Positions for Election:

Chair: Marlyn Brownrigg is completing a 2-year term as treasurer and would like to serve an additional 2-year term, this time as the board chair.

Vice-Chair: Andrea Glad was appointed to this position during the year and would like to be considered for election.

Secretary: Dipa Mehta is completing a 2-year term as secretary and would like to serve another term.

Programming: Mélanie Sisley is completing a 2-year term as programming director and would like to serve another term.

Childcare: Amanda Ajram was appointed to the position during the year and would like to be considered for election.

As members of our board, our directors participate in the Centre’s monthly board meetings, which take place from September to June, usually from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. All board members are involved in the discussions that help to determine everything from our operations to our organization’s future goals.

If you were thinking about becoming more involved at the Centre, joining the board is a great opportunity. No previous experience necessary. If you would like more information, please contact Karen Henchey or Ellen Hum at 514-695-8529.

All candidates for board positions are asked to complete a nomination form, available here or at the WIWC Office. Nomination forms are requested by June 14, 2017. Board member elections will take place at the annual general meeting; nominations from the floor will also be accepted. The annual meeting will take place on Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 12 to 2 p.m.