Become a Member of The Board of Directors!

Bethesda house is a charitable, non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. If you are committed to the issues of relationship abuse in our region, and interested in being considered for a position on the Board, please contact the Bethesda House Executive Director at (905) 697-3700, Extension 301 Or email

If there are other ways you would like to help out, give us a call!

Bethesda House Board Member Job Description

Authority & Responsibility:

The Board of Directors is the legal authority for the Bethesda House. As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.


  • Commitment to the Mission of the organization: In partnership with our community, Bethesda House provides secure Shelter, woman-centered advocacy, Outreach and other services to women, youth and children supporting them to live free from domestic abuse.
  • Willingness to comply with the bylaws and governance policies of the corporation.
  • Willingness to serve on committees.
  • Attendance at monthly Board meetings.
  • Attendance at meetings of assigned committees.
  • Attendance at Annual General Meetings.
  • Support of special events.
  • Support of and participation in fundraising events.
  • Willingness to participate within an anti-oppressive, anti-discriminatory framework.
  • Submission of an acceptable Criminal Reference Check.

General Duties:

A Board member is fully informed on organizational matters, and participates in the Board’s deliberations and decisions in matters of policy, finance, programs, personnel and advocacy.

Qualification & Skills:

  • A clear understanding and personal commitment to the positive values of volunteering.
  • Planning and decision-making skills.
  • The ability and determination to work as a member of a team.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability and interest in representing the organization in a positive and responsible manner.


  • Satisfaction of making a difference in the community.
  • Opportunity to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  • Refinement of decision making skills.
  • Increased understanding of group dynamics and relationships.

Time & Financial Requirements:

  • An annual average of ten to twelve Board Meetings per year, two to three hours each for a total of up to thirty-six hours a year. (Total hours will vary according to the tasks to be addressed by the Board in any given year.)

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