Recruiting New Board Directors – Members

Posting Deadline: March 18, 2022

We are currently recruiting up to 3 to 4 individuals to join our Board who will be elected at our Annual General Meeting on June 15, 2022.

We are committed to having our Board and committees represent our community. We welcome and encourage the broad range of experiences, skills and knowledge that applicants with diverse abilities, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ethnicity bring. It is expected that Directors will champion reconciliation, anti-racism/anti-oppression, diversity, equity and inclusion and apply this lens to their work.

Preferred attributes and competencies:

Although applications are welcome from all interested individuals we particularly welcome applications from individuals with the following attributes or competencies:

  • Lived or living experience as a member of an equity-seeking population
  • Individuals who live and/or work in our catchment area of Elgin and Middlesex Counties
  • Human resources management
  • Fundraising background or entrepreneurial mindset with experience launching new initiatives and accelerating growth
  • Public policy and government relations
  • Finance and / or accounting, CA or CPA designation preferred

These attributes and competencies will be considered through the lens of UWEM’s Board Diversity Policy. Candidates will also be screened to identify potential conflicts of interest.


The Board of Directors has a governance mandate and is responsible for ensuring the United Way’s mission and strategic plan are achieved. Board members are responsible for:

  • Providing strategic leadership to United Way, including but not limited to:
    • establishing the long-term direction and vision,
    • monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the strategic plan,
    • overseeing the financial health of the organization, and
    • providing business and personal insights to inform major organizational decisions.
  • Acting as a positive and passionate ambassador for United Way both in the board room and out in the community.
  • Has a willingness to connect the organization to capital such as:
    • financial resources or prospective donors
    • policy makers or community leaders
    • diverse populations or community issue subject matter experts
  • Keeping informed about the organization, its issues, and its connection to the community through active participation.

Time Commitment

Board members hold a three-year term, renewable up to three times. During that term, board members are expected to:

  • Attend monthly board meetings. Meetings typically take place the third Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. Currently board meetings are virtual but once it is safe to do so, meetings will be held in person but with the option to participate virtually.
  • Participate on one United Way governance or operational committee. Between Board meetings, members are asked to actively work on their committee projects to ensure activities are proceeding according to schedules.
  • Represent United Way at community events.
  • Total time commitment of approximately 4 – 6 hours a month plus meeting preparation time.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying to be become a Board or committee member, send a copy of your resume and a personal statement about why you are interested in joining to Your application will be reviewed by our Nominations Committee and we will be in touch with next steps.

About us:

United Way works so that every person in every community across our region has a fair shot at their best life. As the largest non-government funder of essential social services in ElginMiddlesex, we tackle issues linked to poverty and social exclusion through strategic leadership, advocacy and investment in programs proven to get results. Donations stay 100% local, always.

United Way Elgin Middlesex is committed to diversity and encourages applications from people who are Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+, women, persons with disabilities, and other overlooked and underestimated groups.

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