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, Renfrew County, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the Counties of Grey and Bruce, and West Québec.
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, Grey Bruce Health Services, Hawkesbury & District General Hospital, the Ottawa Hospital, the Pembroke Regional Hospital and United Way Ottawa.
No, the Distress Centre Board is comprised of telephone volunteers and community board members.
Directors are expected to serve, with no financial compensation, for at least one 2-year term, with the option of remaining in their position for two additional two year terms. Directors must attend an orientation session, board retreats, and monthly Board meetings (meetings take place from September to June), participate in the activities of the Board and attend the Annual General Meeting. Directors are also strongly encouraged to support any fundraising events organized by the Centre and must be willing to support and “champion” tye Distress Centre within the community. Although the amount of time board members spend monthly on board activities can vary widely, on average, a board member can be expected to spend 5-10 hours per month on board related activities.
If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for 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 candidates to advise you whether there are any board openings and to explain the process and timelines in more detail.
It is difficult to provide a definitive timeline, as it depends on whether there are board openings and 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 recommendation about which successful applicant(s) should be put forward to join the Board of Directors if a vacancy exists. 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 procedures.