Community Director for the Ottawa Distress Centre
Volunteer Types: Governance (Boards, Committees)
Organization types: Health and Diseases
Ongoing (more than a year)
Application Deadline: April 11, 2022
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The Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region has served the community for 53 years providing 24/7 crisis services to those who need to be heard. The Distress Centre is a well-recognized agency within the social services circle. With more than 200 volunteers as front-line workers, the Distress Centre is there for those who contact us for help. Last year, we answered nearly 61,000 calls/chats/texts from those in need.

The Distress Centre seeks driven, results-oriented individuals from the community to join its Board of Directors — people like yourself, who are committed to bettering their community through active volunteerism and are willing to invest a portion of their time in a worthwhile cause.

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
In return for being on the leadership team and helping to steer and direct the Distress Centre through its mission at Board and committee meetings, you will get the chance to network with others, be exposed to new ideas and feel empowered knowing that you are making a contribution to your community.
How will the organization benefit?
The ideal candidate has knowledge and/or experience relating to mental health, or in a functional area such as Information Technology, Finance, Law, Strategic Planning or in another relevant field. We are actively seeking Board members who represent the communities we serve. Prior experience on a Governance Board would also be useful. The Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region (DCOR) is committed to building an organization that is diverse and inclusive. DCOR encourages applications from all qualified individuals including those with lived experience of mental health and racialized individuals, especially those who identify as Black or Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit), as well as people who identify as LGBTQ2S+, and persons with a disability. When you apply, we invite you to indicate, on a voluntary basis, if you belong to one of these groups.
Volunteer location:
P.O. Box 3457, Station C, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4J6


Charles Laframboise
@Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region
Ext: 224
Time it will take to contact applicants:


This position would be great for: Adults, Newcomers to Canada, Person with a disability or medical condition, Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 4
Good for people interested in: Governance (Boards, Committees)
You will be helping with: First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous persons, LGBTQI2+, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions, Seniors, Visible minorities or racialized persons, Youth (19-24 years)

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  • Police record check required
  • This position can accommodate persons with a disability
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