Diabetes Canada

Volunteer Board Director (BB-51657)

Found in: Neuvoo CA


Volunteer Board Director

Charlottetown, PE, Canada ● Fredericton, NB, Canada ● Greater Sudbury, ON, Canada ● Halifax, NS, Canada ● London, ON, Canada ● Ottawa, ON, Canada Req #239 Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Our Organization:  Diabetes Canada

Title:  Board Director – Volunteer Opportunity

100 years ago, Canadians discovered insulin.

100 years later even more Canadians have diabetes than ever before. Diabetes or prediabetes affects 1 in 3 Canadians. 1 in 2 young adults will develop diabetes in their remaining lifetime.

We can’t wait another 100 years to End Diabetes – so join our dedicated, talented Diabetes Canada team and together, #LetsEndDiabetes!

Diabetes Canada is currently looking for 3 Directors, 3 unique skill sets as outlined below:

1. One with  strong health care practitioner experience in diabetes.

2. One with  significant volunteer and community engagement experience in the not-for-profit charity sector  with a preference for direct experience with Diabetes organizations.

3. One with  scientific research experience in Diabetes

While Diabetes Canada is looking for Directors with these 3 different experience and backgrounds sets as expressed above, it is critical that the applicant demonstrate ability and experience in broad-based thinking and be able and willing to contribute to all aspects of DC Board work and responsibilities.

Our Role

To fulfill its vision and mission, DC concentrates on five key areas:

1) Provide focused self-management programs for people with diabetes which are proven to deliver impact.

2) Engage in education programs and services which are shown to maximize outreach.

3) Develop mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations with other health charities, governments, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders.

4) Invest in impactful research and ensure its results are translated and applied.

5) Engage staff, members, and volunteers in productive and impactful work.

Our Governance: The Board of Directors

The role of the Board of Directors is to govern and oversee the affairs of Diabetes Canada; it is a strategic Board not an operating one. The Board is made up of 12-14 Directors regionally dispersed across Canada.

Board in person meetings are held quarterly with teleconferences as required. Board Directors are required to attend all board meetings and must sit on at least one board committee.

Diabetes Canada actively supports a culture of diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications and nominations from all who reflect our diverse community across Canada. We are accredited by Imagine Canada for our Governance Standards.

Director Qualifications

As a leader, you seek to volunteer with an organization committed to enhancing the lives of those affected by diabetes and those at risk of diabetes. You understand, perhaps from personal experience, the impact that diabetes has on the individual. With the combination of your personal commitment and your professional expertise, you can help lead Diabetes Canada as it embraces the increasing demand for service.

- Diabetes Canada is currently looking for a Director with strong health care practitioner experience

- Diabetes Canada is currently looking for a Director with significant volunteer and community engagement experience in the not-for-profit charity sector with a preference for direct experience with Diabetes organizations.

- Diabetes Canada is currently looking for a Director with research experience in Diabetes

- Diabetes Canada is looking for Directors with these 3 different experience and backgrounds sets as expressed above, but also with the experience and ability for broad based thinking and contribution on all aspects of DC Board work and considerations.

- Additionally, individuals with experience in the Health Charities and Not-For-Profit sector, as part of the full complement of their professional experience, would be beneficial to the Board complement.

- With your experience you will have a good understanding of Board Governance and can help support the CEO and through him/her, the executive team of the organization. You are willing to act as an ambassador for the cause and reach out to your professional and personal networks to enlist support.

Not-For-Profit Experience – Understands the challenges involved in working with volunteer boards. Can work within a structure where power is often held on the periphery; consensus is a way of life; leadership is rooted in an executive’s ability to influence rather than drive critical outcomes.

Inclusion – Individual whose origins, background and lifestyle provide a link to the communities across Canada that the organization serves.

Partnerships – Experience in the identification and development of collaborative opportunities for financial and mission delivery gains. Fund raising experiences are sought to enhance the Board’s support of innovative and substantial campaigns.

Results Orientation – Brings experience to building a scorecard with the CEO and the executive leadership team which fosters accountability and performance.

Board Committees and Task Forces

There are 5 standing committees of the Board:

1) Audit, Investment and Risk Management – AIRC

2) Human Resources and Compensation – HRCC

3) Governance and Nominations – GNC

4) Fund Development – FDC

5) Mission Committee — MC

From time to time, the Board may create time dated Task Forces with clear terms of reference and deliverables.

DC Board members are expected to govern in the best interests of DC and make decisions that will be informed by regional/community, specialty, skills, and other experience. Each Board member is then individually responsible for making decisions as a DC Board member – not representing or negotiating on behalf of a constituency.

Speaking with One Voice

The Board, as represented by individual Board members, speaks with a unified and consistent voice. Positions are generally enunciated by the Chair on behalf of the Board, and then supported and represented by Board members publicly as agreed upon by the Board.

In coming to the Board’s decisions, Board members are expected to participate openly and vigorously in Board discussions so that the Board can make the best, most informed decisions and choices. Individual Board members carry many duties and responsibilities in this process, including:

- Duty of Knowledge

- Duty of Care

- Duty of Skill & Prudence

- Duty of Diligence

- Fiduciary Duty

- Duty of Trusteeship

Apply now:

If you want to be part of a dynamic and innovative health charity, please submit a letter of interest along with a 2-page CV highlighting your experience and qualifications including: business/work experience, academic qualifications, experience that would assist the board, previous board experience, and previous community and/or volunteer activities for a minimum of five years.

Please send to For further information on DC please see www.diabetes.ca

Application deadline : FEBRUARY 20, 2021

We thank you for your interest in Diabetes Canada.

Apply Now

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