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Distress Centre Calgary

Board of Director



Company Information

The Distress Centre has a 40+ year legacy of creating lasting social impact as one of the critical services in Calgary's network of care in the community. Together, our staff and volunteers create a unique culture and supportive work environment that sets them apart. Distress Centre staff do not simply have an interest in helping others; they share a commitment to achieving results. We are looking to build diversity into the Board to represent all Calgarians.

Our vision: Everyone is heard.

Our mission: To improve the quality of life in our community by providing crisis support, information, and referral services without discrimination.

Our values: Leadership through volunteerism, innovation, and partnership.

The Distress Centre ensures that everyone has a place to turn to in a time of crisis by providing 24 hour crisis support, professional counselling, and 211 referrals - all at no cost.

Job Description

The Distress Centre is a Governance Board and is currently looking to supplement its Board with up to three qualified members at its upcoming Annual General Meeting in May. Members of the Board are elected to office for a term of three years and may stand for an additional 3 year term.

Your success is based on:

I. Strategic input into activating the Vision, Mission, and Values of the Distress Centre and being a true advocate for the Not for Profit;

II. Raising issues and concerns that support the Vision, Mission and the effective operation of the Distress Centre;

III. Providing support by attending special events and/or participating in Distress Centre activities;

IV. Participating with fundraising initiatives;

V. Providing assistance and guidance in making connections, and supporting and advising on the long term sustainability of the Distress Centre;

VI. Providing sound, objective judgement in decision making; and

VII. Attending Board meetings regularly 0 6-8 per year, and serving on Committees.


Experience in advocacy, government relations, public relations, communications, Nonprofit Management, Law, Social Service, Social Media or an accounting designation is preferred but not essential.

Previous not-for-profit Board experience would be helpful

Prior experience in working with or leading a team or company in strategy development, planning, and critical thinking would be an asset.

Personal Characteristics

Candidates must be of uncompromising character and personal ethics

A strategic, thoughtful, helpful individual;

Professional and engaged;

Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to work effectively in a team environment;

Someone with a sense of humour, a sense of curiosity and empathy;


The opportunity to work with an experienced, talented, leadership team and Board, and be a key contributor;

The opportunity to work for an organization that contributes significantly to the betterment of our community.

Contact Information

Distress Centre CalgaryHealth Care and Social ServicesBarbara RevayChair, Governance and Nomination Committeebrevay@telus.nethttp://www.distresscentre.com/
Posting Date: 09-Mar-2017Health Care and Social ServicesVolunteer Permanent, Full-Time Open 301-May-2017
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