Board of Directors: FAQ

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 our Executive Director, Charles Laframboise for further information.

Can you tell me about the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region?

The Distress Centre provides a free and confidential active listening service, offering suicide prevention, crisis intervention, emotional 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 and Akwesasne Territory, the Counties of Grey and Bruce, West Québec, the Nunavut Territory and the region of Nunavik.

Who funds the Distress Centre?

The Centre maintains excellent relationships with its funders, either through traditional funding contributions 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 and District General Hospital, Hôpital Montfort, the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line, the Ottawa Hospital, the Pembroke Regional Hospital and United Way/Centraide Ottawa.

What do I need to do to apply to become a Member of the Board of Directors?

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.

What happens after I submit my application to the Executive Director?

After submitting your application, the Executive Director will contact you by e-mail to confirm receipt of your application which will be forwarded to the President of the Board.  The President will contact you promptly by phone to explain the application process and timelines in more details.

What is the expected timeline?

It is difficult to provide a definitive timeline, as it depends on the time of year you apply.  Where possible, the Distress Centre prefers to add new Board members only at the Annual General Meeting which is held in June of each year, as new Board members must be voted in by the Distress Centre's general assembly.

Who reviews my application and what are the next steps?

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 assembly 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 volunteer Crisis Line Responder program.