Below, you will find answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions about our Board of Directors. If you have a question that is not listed below, we invite you to contact us at 613-238-1089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with our Executive Director.
The Distress Centre provides a free and confidential active listening service, offering suicide prevention, crisis intervention, support, information and referrals to the citizens of Ottawa, the Frontenac County, the Renfrew County, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the Counties of Grey and Bruce, West Québec, and the Nunavut Territory.
The Centre maintains excellent relationships with its funding providers, either through traditional funding arrangements or through purchase of service agreements. Our funding partners include the Canadian Mental Health Association (Grey Bruce), Centraide Outaouais, the City of Ottawa, the Cornwall Community Hospital, the Addiction & Mental Health Services - Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington, Grey Bruce Health Services, Hawkesbury & District General Hospital, Hôpital Montfort, the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line, the Ottawa Hospital, the Pembroke Regional Hospital and United Way/Centraide Ottawa.
If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter, your resume, and the names and contact information of three references to the Executive Director.
After submitting your application, the Executive Director will contact you to confirm receipt of your application which will be forwarded to the President of the Board. If selected as a candidate, the President will contact you to explain the process and timelines in more detail.
It is difficult to provide a definitive timeline, as it depends on the time of year you apply. Where possible, DCOR prefers to add new Board members only at the AGM which is held in June of each year, as new Board members must be voted in by the Distress Centre's general membership.
The Board of Directors reviews all applications. Some applicants are then invited to participate in an interview. After the interviews are conducted, reference checks will be completed. The Board of Directors then makes its decision about which successful applicant(s) should be invited to join the Board of Directors. After receiving Board approval, the applicant’s name is then submitted to the general membership of the Distress Centre for a vote. Before joining the Board, the applicant must obtain a police records check, if they have not already done so through the Distress Centre's telephone volunteer program.