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Board of Directors & Committee Recruitment (Volunteer), Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
No deadline noted

The Organization

Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto (NEW) is a nonprofit organization that enhances the capacity of newcomer women to engage in social, political, and economic life through innovative programs and services. Operating since 1983, NEW upholds core values of access and equity, diversity, social justice, professionalism, and social responsibility.

The NEW staff and its board of directors reflect and serve the needs of the community. NEW supports newcomers through LINC ESL classes, career planning, employment counselling, community development programming and settlement support. NEW offers services at Pape and Danforth; as well as other sites through its community partnerships. Our work positively affects agency members, their families and the community at large.

The NEW Board is a legally constituted authority responsible to the funders and the community for prudent oversight of the organization’s operations. The board is responsible for articulating and safeguarding NEW’s mission and defining outputs, outcomes and undertaking long-term planning. The Board contributes to NEW’s culture, values, operating principles and supervises the role of the Executive Director and executive limitations.

NEW is now seeking community leaders with committee or board volunteer experience to participate in developing the organization and its governance, raising NEW’s profile, and fundraising efforts.

Board & Committee Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities

Board and committee volunteers strive to ensure NEW’s success through oversight of strategic planning, finance, audit, programs, fundraising, marketing, and governance. They raise money, bring contacts and authority to NEW, provide special skills (e.g., law, finance, access & equity, human resources). Board directors are responsible for effective governance:

  • determining NEW’s mission, purpose, strategy, and policies
  • reviewing and authorizing plans and commitments
  • being accountable to funders and the public
  • ensuring compliance with legislation, policies, legal and contract requirements
  • ensuring sufficient operational resources
  • evaluating the organization's work
  • recruiting, hiring, guiding and evaluating the Executive Director’s performance

Newcomer women and women from underrepresented sectors such as Indigenous/Aboriginal, women with disabilities, LGBTQ, youth and racialized communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Time & Term Commitment

If you serve on Then on average, you will volunteer This includes:

  • A committee 5 hours a month for at least 1 year. A monthly committee meeting plus work between meetings.
  • The board 10 hours a month for a 2-year term. Monthly board and committee meetings, plus work between meetings. You also attend the Annual General Meeting.

Please send CV to and a member of our Governance Committee will be in touch!