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CMHA Ontario seeking experienced volunteers for Board of Directors

Would you like to take a leadership role in the future success of an outstanding Ontario organization in the mental health and addictions sector?
Are you interested in elimination of stigma, development of creative Ontario policy options and enhancement of governance skills in CMHA Branches?
Will a governance style which focuses on results and separation of strategy/policy from operations allow you to optimize your contribution?
If the answer is yes, then we would welcome your application to become a CMHA Ontario Board Member.

CMHA Ontario is a provincial association chartered in 1952. Our mission is to develop and provide public policy advice that promotes mental health and improves the lives of people living with mental illness.

The four strategic priorities of CMHA Ontario are:

  • Leadership in the evolution of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system.
  • Promoting mental health.
  • Advancing health equity in mental health.
  • Partnership with our Branches

We are seeking experienced volunteers to join our provincial board of Directors for a three year term. The Board of CMHA operates under a results-based governance model. The Board is accountable for achievement of the strategic directions of the organization and for ensuring that its fiduciary “duty of care” is fully exercised. The Board does not intervene in the operations of the organization unless its policies have been violated or unusual circumstances occur.

The Board meets face to face four times a year generally in the Toronto area, as well as four times a year by teleconference. There is also a requirement to be available via teleconference or videoconference to participate in provincial committees and work groups. Individual Board members also attend periodic special events such as AGM’s of CMHA Branches within their geographic area.

Applicants should have a genuine desire to improve the mental health of their communities. General Competencies required of Board members are an ability to:

  • articulate ideas and opinions clearly;
  • ability to understand and interpret the organization’s by-laws, strategic plan and basic financial and operating statements;
  • ability to collaborate with others;
  • ability to respect opinions of others;

Board members also required a capacity to work productively as a member of a deliberative group.

Other competencies that are desirable include experience serving on the Board of a not-for-profit organization; strategic thinking; experience working with a board model focused on results and policy rather than operations; knowledge of the mental health and/or addictions field. Experience in the legal or financial field would be of benefit.

We encourage applications from all individuals with relevant experience, including consumers and family members.

Please submit resumes by April 4, 2014 to the attention of the Governance Committee, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, 180 Dundas Street West, Suite 2301, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z8, by fax (416) 977-2813 or email: We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.