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 302 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.)

1 thought on “Become a Member of The Board of Directors!

  1. Gordon Whealy

    I live in Newcastle Ontario and retired in Sept 2017 after 34 1/4 years With the Toronto Police Service. I worked many years in the Sex Crimes Unit as the Detective Sergeant in charge of the Behavioural Assessment Unit and worked with other agencies regarding victims issues and managing High Risk offenders. I can prove an up to date CV upon request. I presently sit on the Board of Directors for PAD (Parent Action on Drugs) in Toronto. I would be interested in being a Board member for the Bethesda House having spent many years investigating domestic and youth violence.


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