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Volunteer Board Member


Organization: AIDS Committee of Ottawa

Commitment: Ongoing (more than a year)

Availability: Evenings

Language Preference: billingual

Number of Positions Available: 4

Location: Virtual

Deadline: Jul 30, 2021


Please send resume and a cover letter to

The Board of Directors work to provide governance support and structure to the AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO).
It is the mission of ACO to empower people living with HIV/AIDS and the PHA (Persons with HIV/AIDS) community in Ottawa through promoting the well-being and quality of life of those living with, or closely affected by, HIV/AIDS. ACO works to reduce the barriers that foster the transmission of HIV/AIDS and is an active partner in the community-wide response to HIV/AIDS.
ACO is committed to adopting and implementing policies that foster the greater involvement of people living with AIDS as well as the meaningful engagement of the people with AIDS, known as the GIPA/MEPA principals expressed in the Ontario Accord.
GIPA/MEPA means:
Recognizing the important contribution people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) can make in the response to the epidemic.
Creating space within organizations and society for their meaningful involvement and active participation in all aspects of that response.

Attending and actively participating in obligatory monthly meetings
Chairing and participating in committees and projects
Participating in Strategic Planning
Reporting committee results
Abiding by ACO's confidentiality policies and ideals
The work is governance oriented. As a board member you will not be working with the day-to-day operations of ACO and participants

Over 18 years of age
Legal resident of Canada
Available to register for membership with The AIDS Committee of Ottawa
HIV positive individuals from high-risk (priority) populations are encouraged to apply. ACO is committed to diversity in the workplace, and we welcome applications from community members who identify as GBMSM (Gay and/or Bi men who have sex with men), Transgender people, African-Caribbean and Black people, Indigenous people and people who use drugs
Must not be in undischarged bankruptcy
Willingness to undergo a Police Records Check (having a criminal record does not automatically disqualify you)

HIV/AIDS knowledge and activist experiences are desirable
HIV/AIDS lived experiences are an asset
Some familiarity with the GIPA/MEPA principals and the Ontario Accord
General skills in problem solving, critical decision making, and leadership are required
Specific skills and experience in at least one of the following: communications, healthcare, fundraising, legal affairs, policy and strategic planning
Dedicated, Punctual, enthusiastic and flexible

Time Commitment and Place:
Monthly board meetings for 2 hours
Monthly committee meetings and related work 5 to 7 hours as required per month
Members of the board are elected for a 2 year term
Meetings held at The AIDS Committee of Ottawa, 19 Main St. Ottawa, ON. Held on a scheduled Wednesday of each month
(as long as COVID recommendations are in place board meetings are held virtually on Zoom)

Training and Orientation:
Orientation to HIV/AIDS and The AIDS Committee of Ottawa
Orientation to Board processes, bylaws, and committee structure, Anti-Racism, Anti Oppression Training, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Training.
Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) is an optional program designed to empower people living with HIV/AIDS


Peter Szanto


Ext: 228

Volunteer Opportunity Address
Virtual via Zoom, must have internet connection
Office address is 19 Main Street


Good for people interested in: Accounting and finance; Legal/Advocacy; 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; Seniors; Women; Youth (19-24 years); Homeless

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
An opportunity to donate time and skills to The AIDS Committee of Ottawa agency and community
Actively participate in the HIV/AIDS movement and know that you are making a meaningful difference in the community
Volunteer with a dynamic and committed team
Empower and support those living with HIV/AIDS or loved ones and friends that are closely affected

How will the organization benefit?
The board ensures that ACO operates in strategic and skillful ways. The board provides a diverse guideline and plan for ACO to succeed to providing services to people living with HIV and priority populations at high risk.
They are a body whose governance focus is vital to the functioning of ACO as a nonprofit.

Organization category: Social services

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - 1 week

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

Police record check required: Yes