The Hamilton Law Association

Volunteer Member - Board of Directors, Banyan Community Services

  • March 09, 2023 2:34 PM
    Message # 13125810

    Banyan Community Services is a not-for-profit organization that serves three sectors:  youth in conflict with the law, children and seniors/adults with disabilities.  Since 1978, an integral part of our service portfolio has been youth justice. Our Board of Directors provides strategic organizational leadership, vision, and maintains high ethical standards.  They engage in effective planning to respond to the needs of our communities, and acts as stewards of our resources.

    We are currently seeking three (3) qualified candidates to serve on our volunteer governing board.  In particular, we are looking for people who meet one or more of the following:

    • Astute governmental advocates who can assist in navigating the political landscape of policy development, funding and legislation.
    • Business leaders who are energetic and entrepreneurial.
    • Individuals with strategic planning and strategic leadership experience.
    • Leaders of agencies and organizations in youth justices, children’s mental health, family and youth services.
    • Scholars/academics with expertise in child development, mental health promotion, children, youth and families
    • Individuals with significant board experience.

    Banyan’s current recruitment priorities include those individuals with experience with:

    • Finance for Not-For-Profit/Charities - you have knowledge of the funder and CRA reporting requirements and expectations for charitable not-for-profit organizations; do you have experience reading financial statements.
    • Government Relations & Insight - you have an understanding of government/funder roles and processes with not-for-profit and charitable organizations.
    • Health and Community Services - you have an understanding of health and community service priorities in this community and how organizations advocate for children and youth.
    • Legal - you have a working understanding of the legislation and laws overseeing non-profit, charitable corporations.
    • HR-Labour Relations - you understand and have working knowledge of Federal and Provincial laws, rules, regulations, case law, principles, and practices related to negotiating and administering labour agreements.

    Finance for NFP/Charities --do you have knowledge of the funder and CRA reporting requirements and expectations for charitable not-for-profit organizations; do you have experience reading financial statements?

    Our Board Members are required to commit to:

    • 6 - 8 hours per month for board/committee participation
    • Attend 10 board meetings annually and 1 annual board retreat
    • Actively serve on one of our committees: Quality and Risk, and Board Governance; Resource and Audit
    • Advocate among colleagues and peers for our organization and the needs of at-risk members of our community.
    This is a three-year volunteer appointment with the possibility of renewal for two additional two-year terms. There is no remuneration. 

    If you are interested in becoming a member of our Board, please send your cover letter and C.V. to Kim Ciavarella, Board Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, c/o

    Deadline for all applications:  March 31, 2023

    At Banyan Community Services we are committed to creating and fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace culture that reflects the people’s lives we impact and the community we work within, where everyone can truly be themselves.  If you’re excited about this volunteer opportunity but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the position description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may just be the right candidate to serve on our Board of Directors.  We are committed to a barrier-free selection processes and environment. Applicants are to advise of any accommodation measures known in advance. Only those individuals selected for the screening process will be contacted.

The Hamilton Law Association 

45 Main Street East, Suite 500Hamilton, ON L8N 2B7

Tel:(905) 522-1563 

Fax: (905) 572-1188

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