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Call for Board Members

Want to contribute your time and skills to enhance the quality of life for women and children in the NWT? The YWCA Yellowknife has an opportunity for you. As a member of our Board of Directors you will meet new people; develop new skills; share your talents, knowledge and experience. Join us for six hours a month in making a meaningful contribution to our community.

Please drop off a letter of interest and/or resume indicating your unique talents at: The YWCA offices at Rockhill Apts. For more information, contact Julie Green, Director of Community Relations, at 920-2777 x 303

Deadline for applications: September 12, 2011 at 5 pm.

Background:
               
YWCA Yellowknife is looking for up to three members to join our ten-member board of directors. We are looking for women to volunteer six hours a month to help govern the organization, and provide direction to the executive director. Board members are expected to make a commitment to the financial and social well-being of the organization. Terms are two years and they can be renewed twice (for a total of six years).

The mission of YWCA Yellowknife is to increase the well-being and independence of people, particularly women. We have been operating in Yellowknife since 1966. We started by providing housing for single working women on Matonabee Street. Today, we have 100 staff providing programs and support at schools, homes, the Alison McAteer House family violence shelter and the Rockhill emergency and transitional housing program. We are very proud of the work that the staff does and the role that the YWCA plays in fulfilling its mission.

In order to be eligible to become a director, you should demonstrate interest in the mission and vision of the organization, an awareness of women’s issues in shaping social and cultural directions to achieve equity and equality for all women, an understanding of financial matters, interpersonal abilities to deal effectively with other board members and an interest in community service.  Our board is insured against liability.

We meet one evening a month for about two hours.  Subcommittees of the Board deal with special projects and they typically meet once a month.  Altogether, your commitment would be up to six hours a month.  This is a volunteer position for which there is no remuneration other than the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of a vibrant community, national and ultimately international women’s organization.  This global network of women implements social and economic change in 125 countries worldwide.  It advocates for peace, justice, human rights and the environment, and is at the forefront of raising the status of women since it was founded in 1855.