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The Ultimate Volunteer Leadership Role

Posted By Camara Chambers, Director of Community Engagement, November 12, 2015
Updated: November 11, 2015
 
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I have also benefitted greatly from my 9 years as board chair with an experience that challenged and helped to grow my leadership capabilities.”

John Davis, Board Chair of Ronald McDonald House Toronto and 2015 winner of a Volunteer Toronto Legacy Award.


 

 At Volunteer Toronto, we often meet seasoned professionals with great skills and experience who want to find a way to apply what they know to benefit a non-profit. For someone with an interest in a high-level leadership role, volunteering on a non-profit’s board of directors is a great way to put your skills to good use and build on your leadership experience along the way.

But before you decide to start applying for board roles, it’s important to consider whether a board member role is right for you.

 

3 things to consider:

1. Can I commit to volunteering for the length of time required? E.g. 2 or 3 years

2. Am I truly passionate about the mission of the organization?

3. Can I contribute the time necessary to be an effective board member?

 

To make this easy, we run regular informational workshops on what’s involved in being a board member. In two hours, you’ll learn everything from what a Board of Director does, what skills you’ll need to join one, whether previous board experience is needed, what you should know before you join a board, and what the benefits are of volunteering on a board.

The session ends with tips and information on how you can find a board member role. While the session isn't about matching you with the right board member role, we can certainly give you all the tools and information you’ll need to find a non-profit board that is a good match for you.

So, if you want a volunteer role that will be as rewarding as it is challenging, come to one of our workshops to find out more about what’s involved!

 

Find more information about dates of upcoming workshops and register today!

 

Camara Chambers manages Volunteer Toronto's public engagement strategy and team. This includes working with community partners, leading large-scale events and overseeing various programs that aim to encourage Torontonians to volunteer. In 2014, the community engagement team helped connect 550,000 people to volunteer positions in Toronto!

 

Tags:  Accountability  Board Member  Board of Directors  Board Work  Governance  How do I join a Board of Directors?  Joining a Board  Leadership  Skilled Volunteers  Volunteer Board of Directors 

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