Join our board of directors - AIDS Committee of Ottawa
Volunteer Types: Board Leadership, Health Care
Organization types: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Children, Youth and Family, Community and Social Services, Disabilities, Education, Health and Diseases, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, LGBTQIA2+, Poverty/Social Justice
Long term (6 months to a year)
Application Deadline: May 31, 2023
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Contact: Please send resume and a cover letter to [email protected]

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

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
– 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
– 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

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Benefits: - 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
Volunteer location:
zoom primarily, office location 19 main


Peter Szanto
@AIDS Committee of Ottawa
Ext: 228
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: 3
Good for people interested in: Board Leadership, Health Care
You will be helping with: Disadvantaged, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous persons, LGBTQI2+, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions

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