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Director at Large, Board of Directors


Organization: Ottawa Therapy Dogs (OTD)

Commitment: Ongoing (more than a year)

Availability: Flexible

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 1

Location: Virtual

Deadline: Jan 11, 2021


Ottawa Therapy Dogs (OTD), a not-for-profit that evaluates therapy dogs and supports their handlers in the provision of animal-assisted interventions throughout the National Capital Region, is seeking interested applicants for a number of vacancies on the Board of Directors.
Current vacancy to fill a gap for the position of Director at Large. Potential opportunities for future Chair and Vice-Chair.


Shannon Noonan


Volunteer Opportunity Address
99-1568 Merivale Rd Suite 369 Ottawa, ON K2G 5Y7
Meetings are currently held via Zoom


Good for people interested in: Governance (Boards, Committees)

You will be working with: Aboriginals (First Nation, Metis, Inuit); Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years); Animals; Seniors; Women; Youth (19-24 years); Homeless; Athletes

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
Board members take an active role in leading initiatives and projects as well as participating in policy and strategy development. Each Board member is expected to determine his/her capacity to contribute a mix of time and talent over their 2-year term.

How will the organization benefit?
General Board Duties / Responsibilities:

Regularly attend board committee, and other important meetings; this includes preparing for meetings in advanced.

Responsible for the general management and supervision of the affairs and

operations of the corporation.

Promote OTD’s mission and vision to donors, the community, stakeholders,

and partners.

Participate in fundraising efforts by fostering relationships, utilizing networks and attending events.

Maintain effective partnerships and communication with the community, the

organization’s members and its stakeholders.

Establish OTD objectives and goals, make policy decisions, approve

programs, and ensure compliance with through consultation and consensus-


Appoint committees and sub-committees from among the members (Board

and membership at large) to which authorities may be delegated.Establishes philosophy and goals for OTD, making policy decisions, approving programs, ensuring compliance with applicable legislation through consultation and consensus seeking.

Evaluate the organization’s work in relation to a strategic plan and make

decisions on proposals made to the Board.

Ensure transparency in all communication to members, stakeholders and the public.

Be a Member or Associate Member of OTD (or become one).

Time Commitments:

Directors are expected to commit to a two-year term.

Every Director shall attend at least 75% of Board meetings from one AGM to the next (2hrs/ month at a central location).

Attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in mid-May (3 hrs).

Attend OTD events (2-3 per year).

This is an ongoing recruitment and start dates are flexible.

Organization category: Health

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - 2-3 weeks

This position would be great for - Young Adults (19-24); Seniors (65+); Persons with a disability; New Canadians

This position can accommodate persons with a disability: Yes