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2521 - Board Member
Position Address:
Post-COVID, returning to 'in-person' volunteering
Mississauga, Virtual


Embrave Agency to End Violence (Embrave) is an anti-violence organization providing shelter, counselling, and advocacy supports for women, Two-Spirit, gender queer, trans, and non-binary folks and their children experiencing any form of violence in the Region of Peel and beyond. We support survivors with, and without, children.Our organization has provided a broad range of supports to survivors of violence and contributed to thought leadership on how to eradicate gender-based violence for almost 40 years. For decades, we have tirelessly fought to raise awareness of — and end — individualized and systemic violence in our communities.Over time, our organization has grown and evolved, expanding our services to meet the needs of our communities. We’ve witnessed the diversity, complexity, and effects of all forms of violence. We know that anyone can experience violence and we believe that everyone deserves a life free from violence. We also strive to ensure that no one is left behind.Currently, Embrave seeks to enlist 3 volunteers with a background in community leadership, who ideally reflect our policy of diversity, equity and inclusion, and who have a passion for helping those who are at risk and marginalized as the result of domestic violence, to serve on to our very active Board of Directors. Please read the DESCRIPTION and QUALIFICATIONS (below) carefully, and you can access our website for additional information (see Social Media, below).Embrave intends that the Board return to in-person meetings, committee work, events and fundraising as soon as circumstances permit. The role will continue to involve virtual volunteering to some degree.


Embrave Agency to End Violence is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are committed to the purpose and mission of Embrave: Agency to End Violence. Although Board Members do not represent community, constituency, or organization in Board service, the composition of Embrave: Agency to End Violence should reflect as much as possible the character and nature of the communities we serve. To that end, the Board will apply the following recruitment considerations.

  • Individuals who understand from their personal experiences, work, and/or volunteer activity, issues important to vulnerable and marginalized community members
  • Individuals who share and uphold the organizations values of feminism, anti-racism, anti-oppression and it’s harm reduction framework
  • Individuals who reflect the diverse communities and identities of the Peel Region are encouraged to apply

This is consistent with Embrave: Agency to End Violence’s commitment to principles of access and equality in its staff, board, committee, and volunteer recruitment.

Individuals with Finance, Employment Law, and Human Resources experience are strongly encouraged to apply

Board members are expected to:

  • Prepare for and attend Bi-Monthly Board meetings (3 hours, on the 4th Tuesday bi-monthly)
  • Participate in committee and other Board-related responsibilities as needed (3 hours per month, on the 1st or 3rd Tuesday of month)
  • Board meeting are held remotely access to the internet is required


  • Excellent opportunity to use your leadership skills/experience and professional expertise in the volunteer sector
  • Be in a leadership role with a highly regarded, longstanding community service organization
  • Strengthen your personal and professional profile within your community
  • Network and build valuable relationships
  • Benefit from our 'continuing education' opportunities
  • Join other volunteers and a dedicated, capable executive and staff in carrying out Embrave's ongoing important mission in Peel region
  • Enjoy having given back to your community in a very significant way


  • Prior leadership experience in the volunteer sector is an asset (Board experience a bonus)
  • Commitment to support Embrave's vision, mission, and ongoing initiatives to see its goals realized (see GOAL, above)
  • Proactive about community diversity, equity and inclusiveness
  • Commitment to attend all Embrave signature fundraising events and participate in major activities of Embrave including community education and social justice advocacy
  • Ability to act as an 'ambassador' who represents Embrave in the community, consistently upholding our values in the community, with a corresponding commitment to raise our 'profile' and build community engagement
  • Commitment to fill a Board Member 'position' for the length of term requested (fill a vacancy and/or serve the prescribed term of 3 YEARS following election at an AGM)
  • Ready, willing, able to fulfill the obligations required of a Board Member (see GOAL, TRAINING, and TIME COMMITMENT)
  • Reliable access to the Internet and devices/software suitable for virtual video conferencing
  • Assume a leadership role with respect to fundraising and other financial support
  • Undertake to abide by and preserve the privacy and confidentiality requirements involved in Embrave's mission and programs

Please note that the position requires a successful volunteer applicant to provide a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Report.

SCREENING of applicants for this volunteering opportunity will be virtual (Tel/Email/Online interviewing) and progressive (in stages), unless you are otherwise advised.

Min Age: 18
Max Age: 100   
Police Check: Required   
Driver's Licence: Not required   
Proof of Vaccination: Not required

Time Commitment
This is a Long Term (More than 6 months) commitment
Shifts are available on the following days
 - Tuesday Evening

SCHEDULE: The position entails monthly Board meetings (typically on a Tuesday evening), plus a commitment to be involved in at least ONE committee that meets separately.
For these meetings and for any project/task undertaken or assigned, additional time usually is required.
Annual General Meeting: MANDATORY, with any additional time needed to contribute (reports, etc.) to the agenda, PLUS attendance at annual 'Signature Fundraising Events'


Details regarding Board onboarding procedures will be shared with successful applicants. During your volunteer engagement, you will be expected to attend all Board training sessions, as required.

PLEASE NOTE: Board membership training is MANDATORY.

More Details
Areas of Interest: Crisis, Distress & Emergency Response, Fundraising, Legal, Boards & Committees, Counselling & Mental Health, Finance, Marketing/Promotion, Parent & Child Support, Program Coordination, Research/Evaluation, Shelters
Accessibility: Unknown, Fully Accessible Workplace
Ideal for: Individuals, Newcomers, Older Adults

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