Volunteer Board Member for Alberta Seventh Step Society

Description of Charity/Foundation:
The Alberta Seventh Step Society is a private, not for profit society licensed and overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Society was started by Patrick Graham in the Drumheller Institution in 1971 and became a non-profit corporation in 1974. The Community Residential Facility (halfway house) in Calgary has been operating since 1977. We provide a wide range of pre and post-release services for federal offenders.
Vision: Support offenders and ex-offenders to achieve and maintain their freedom, realize their potential and grow within the community.
Mission: We believe people can change. We help offenders and ex-offenders help themselves to become responsible and accountable members of the community.

Description of Role:
Our volunteer board of directors provides hands-off governance and strategic planning to the Societies management team. We meet every six weeks to discuss the Society’s progress, the findings of our committees and make decisions accordingly.
The Board of the Alberta Seventh Step Society provides volunteers with opportunities:
– For personal growth and connection;
– To make a difference in someone’s life;
– To experience the unique nature of the organization;
– To garner volunteer experience applicable to the work force; and for civic duty.

Certification or Education Required:
Accounting studies, degree and/or background.

Applicable Interests:
Interest in growth as a volunteer, operation of a not-for-profit organization and it’s board, opportunities for self-help processes and giving people a second chance.

1 Year to 2 Years

Charity/Foundation Website: http://www.albertaseventhstep.com
Heather Stockall
Email: hstockall@gmail.com

Volunteer Treasurer for Calgary Association of Freelance Editors

Description of Charity/Foundation:
The Calgary Association of Freelance Editors (CAFE) is a professional association promoting and developing freelance editors in Calgary and area. CAFE began in 1989 with a small group of editors as a forum to exchange information about editing. In 1998, it was officially incorporated as a society. In 2014, CAFE celebrated 25 years in the community! Over 70 members and over 200 friends, affiliates and organizations from the editing, writing, and literary community at large are invited to CAFE’s programs and activities. CAFE programs provide a mix of learning, networking, and social opportunities—social get-togethers; organized tours; academic forums such as panel discussions and round tables; skills-based working groups and workshops; and guest speakers and lectures. To learn more about CAFE, please visit our website at www.calgaryeditors.com.

Description of Role:
As a member of the board, the treasurer will provide the organization with sound financial planning and management.
The treasurer will attend monthly board meetings; maintain bank accounts in collaboration with the President; supervise all financial transactions; prepare required financial documents; and report to the board.
The treasurer will:
• create a budget and provide a quarterly financial status report
• complete an annual financial report to be delivered at the society’s AGM
• maintain a synoptic ledger of financial transactions
• manage the society’s income, expenses, petty cash, PayPal account, and bank deposits
• collaborate with the Membership Coordinator on membership renewals and member event attendance fees
• be one of two persons required to sign all cheques and bank withdrawals
In addition to accounting/financial skills, this position requires leadership and team-building skills. Ideally, this volunteer has the ability to work collaboratively, and has some knowledge or experience of non-profit organizations.
Some is preferred, but none is required. Please note: all board members must become members of the society.
• Use professional skills to sustain and grow valuable community services
• Work with a group of committed leadership volunteers
• Develop knowledge of the community and represent the organization in community networking
• Develop a variety of skills: consultation, verbal and written communication, problem-solving, change management and leadership
• Attend society events and programs if desired
So You Want to be a Board Member: http://culture.alberta.ca/community/programs-and-services/board-development/resources/info-bulletins-english/pdfs/SoYouWant-Print_09.pdf
Financial Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards: http://culture.alberta.ca/community/programs-and-services/board-development/resources/info-bulletins-english/pdfs/FinancialResponsibilities09-print.pdf
One two-hour board meeting per month (except summer) and 6-8 hours flex time per month.
The treasurer is required to attend monthly board meetings, which take place at a central Calgary location. All board members are strongly encouraged to attend other CAFE events at various similar locations to represent the society.

Certification or Education Required:
Accounting designation preferred (CA, CGA or CMA) preferred. References required

Applicable Interests:
Editing, writing, literary arts, and/or general arts interests.

1 Year to 2 Years- This position is for a one- or two-year term. The program year runs from September to June, with the CAFE’s annual return required for August (which can be prepared before the end of the program year).

Charity/Foundation Website: www.calgaryeditors.com
Caralee Hubbell

File: CAFE-TREASURER-POSITION-for-website.pdf

Volunteer Accountant for Ranchlands Community Association

Description of Charity/Foundation:
We are a NW Calgary Community Association serving the community of Ranchlands. We operate a Community Hall, skating rink with boards, and a playground. The current board is modernizing the operations of the facility and updating the policies and procedures.

Description of Role:
We require a person to assist and advise the Board regarding our operating budget and our financial policies and procedures. We are in need of developing an operating budget that is realistic. Further, we recently started using Quickbooks and require advice on our current accounting procedures. *Please note our financial year-end is June 30 so we need someone to assist us immediately on the operating budget

Certification or Education Required:
Any Accounting/Financial certification will be acceptable, but the interested volunteer will need to be able to work with Board Members with limited financial knowledge. Quickbooks knowledge would be an asset.

Applicable Interests:
Interest in non-profit board governance and charitable compliance.
Enjoy working with volunteer boards.

1 Year or Less

Charity/Foundation Website: http://ranchlandscommunity.com
Veronica Crane
Email: ranchlandscommunity@outlook.com

Volunteer Board Members for Downstage Performance Society

Description of Charity/Foundation:
Downstage is a busy and ambitious theatre company producing Canadian plays that create meaningful conversation around social issues.

Description of Role:
We are currently inviting applications for volunteers to bring their passion, expertise and insight to our Board of Directors. Our ideal volunteers have an interest in theatre and are willing to be strong advocates for our company. 

We’re looking to remove barriers to access live theatre, attract audiences that truly reflect the diversity of our city, develop world premiere works that explore issues of relevance to Calgarians, tour our award-winning new works across the country and continue to build a strong and resilient funding base.

The Downstage Board of Directors is a Governance & Policy Board. Directors are required to attend regular Board meetings (every 4-6 weeks) as well as participate on at least 1 committee. As stewards for the organization, directors provide strategic direction to staff; tackle the big questions that face our company; regularly review the organization’s financial statements and approve the annual budget; attend Downstage’s productions and events; and cultivate relationships to support the organization as advocates, donors & volunteers.

Orientation and training is provided to make sure Directors are comfortable and knowledgeable in their role; previous board experience is certainly an asset and preferred but not required. The typical term of service is three years, although two-year terms are available.

We’re specifically looking for people with expertise in any of the following areas: accounting, finance, fundraising, social issues, social justice, community relations, and human resources. Our current Treasurer is a CA.

Intrigued? Please submit a completed Board Application Form (available at www.downstage.ca/boardform.pdf) along with your resume and a brief statement of interest to ellen@downstage.ca (feel free to send us questions beforehand, too).

Certification or Education Required:
Designation preferred but not required.

Applicable Interests:
Local theatre, arts, live performance, social issues, social justice.

2 Years or More

Charity/Foundation Website: http://www.downstage.ca
Ellen Close
Email: ellen@downstage.ca

Volunteer Treasurer for Dress for Success

Description of Charity/Foundation:
Located in Inglewood, the mission of Dress for Success Calgary is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
We work with over 25 agencies in Calgary, such as the YW, CIWA and EmployMe Calgary that refer women preparing for an interview or employment and are in need of professional attire and support. We provide 1-on-1 boutique stylings where our clients and stylists work together to select one professional outfit. When our clients secure employment they can be referred back to us and can receive up to 5 complete professional outfits to enter the next phase of their lives. We also work with other organizations and businesses to provide further resources, such as online courses, to our clients.

Description of Role:
Major Responsibility:
The Treasurer is responsible for managing and reporting on the finances of Dress for Success Calgary.

Treasurer Responsibilities:
• Compile the annual operating budget
• Assist on-site during fundraising activities and oversee cash handling and record-keeping
• Gather and maintain all financial information required for all financial reporting purposes in order to meet reporting requirements on a timely and accurate basis
• Ensure timely deposits of all monies or other valuable effects.
• Provide accurate, up-to-date financial reports and explanations to the Board at regular meetings, including cash flow analyses
• Report to the Board any financial irregularities, concerns and opportunities
• Sign documents of the organization as required
• Ensure that all financial statements are prepared in accordance with Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations (ASNPO)
• Keep up-to-date with changes to Canada Revenue Agency guidelines for charities and legal, regulatory and sector developments related to the Board’s responsibilities
• Prepare and submit on time the CRA Annual Charity Return
o T3010 and all schedules
o TF725
o T1235
o Copy of annual financial statements
• Administers all financial transactions, bookkeeping and financial administration including tax receipts and bank accounts
• Monitor individual email account with Dress for Success Calgary domain name. Check and reply to email inquiries within a 1-2 day timeframe.
• Participate in one Board committee
• Delegates bookkeeping or other administrative duties to junior staff as required
• Pay the Charity’s vendors in a timely manner
• Monitor the Charity’s cash flows and financial position continuously

Future Responsibilities
• Recommend to the Board the selection of an auditor, represent the Board in the audit process and present audited accounts to the annual meeting
• Develop and recommend appropriate financial controls for consideration by the board.
• Compile and complete AGLC reporting and regulatory requirements
• Hire, supervise and delegate to volunteer financial assistant
• Develop adequate control and procedures, specifically around inventory and cash handling procedures

Certification or Education Required:
• Combination of practical accounting experience and a degree in accounting/business administration or a two-year accounting diploma from a technical college. A professional accounting designation is an asset but not required.
• Familiarity with Quickbooks for Non-Profit software
• Knowledge of Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations (ASNPO)
• Able to interpret Canada Revenue Agency guidelines for charities
• Research and Analysis skills
• Detail oriented/accurate/thorough
• Able to meet deadlines
• Ethical
• Sound decision making and judgement

2 Years or More

Charity/Foundation Website: http://www.calgary.dressforsuccess.org
Ayden Majid
Email: calgary@dressforsuccess.org

File: Treasurer-Role_DFSC_Proper-format.pdf

Don’t Miss Out On Our Community Ambassadors Annual Networking Event


The Community Ambassadors aim to help non-profit organizations, ranging from small to large and complex, by helping them connect with the skills-based volunteers they need. These sectors include poverty reduction, health, and support for children, addictions recovery, the arts, animals, and the environment.

Over the past five years, the Community Ambassadors has grown into something amazing. Our initial goal was to connect Chartered Professional Accounts with non-profit groups in Calgary, and we expanded to Edmonton in 2016. We have helped numerous charities find qualified volunteers, and we are very proud of this accomplishment.

The Community Ambassadors host annual networking events in both Calgary and Edmonton. The goal for these events is to facilitate networking between CPA members and the non-profit sector. We also incorporate a short speaking engagement, where attendees will hear from both CPAs and NPOs from the Calgary area, who have benefitted from volunteering and the Community Ambassadors’ initiatives.

Details for our annual networking event:

When: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00pm

Where: Barcelona Tavern

501 8 Avenue SW

Calgary, Alberta T2P 1G3

Who: All CPA members and candidates, and leaders from the NPO sector are encouraged to attend!

Take advantage of a great opportunity to network with your fellow CPAs and leaders from the NPO community, learn more about Community Ambassadors and how volunteering can benefit you both personally and professionally!

Cost: $10.00 + $1.20 ticket fee

Included in the ticket price is one drink ticket (selection of beers, cocktails and wine is available) and appetizers will be served. Additional drinks will be at the attendee’s expense.

Tickets available on Eventbrite: https://communityambassadorscalgary2017.eventbrite.com


Web and IT Guru Needed for Community Ambassadors

Description of Charity/Foundation:
The Community Ambassadors aim to help non-profit organizations, ranging from small to large and complex, by helping them connect with the skills-based volunteers they need.  These sectors include poverty reduction, health, and support for children, addictions recovery, the arts, animals, and the environment.
Over the past five year the Community Ambassadors has grown into something amazing. Our initial goal was to connect Chartered Professional Accounts with non-profit groups in Calgary, and we expanded to Edmonton in 2016. We have helped numerous charities find qualified volunteers, and we are very proud of this accomplishment.  In the pursuit of continuing our success, we want to ensure the group has energetic leadership to benefit our communities.

Description of Role(s):
The Community Ambassadors is currently looking for an enthusiastic and engaged Website & IT Guru to fill the following Board position on a voluntary basis in Calgary.

The Website and IT Guru will be responsible for managing the Community Ambassadors website, including:

  • Website and domain name maintenance
  • Website security and troubleshooting

 Certification or Education Required:
Previous experience with website creation, maintenance and troubleshooting is a requirement for this position.

Applicable Interests:
Candidates will have a passion for community service, as well as the CPA profession.


1 Year Commitment (minimum)

The Board will meet at least quarterly outside of business hours, and may meet more frequently (monthly) as we are approaching our annual networking events in Calgary and Edmonton.  The Website & IT Guru may be contacted outside of regular Board meetings on an ad hoc basis, to resolve website issues if and when they arise.
We’re a fun bunch, and our meetings are pretty informal gatherings over drinks and snacks.
Board members are expected to attend all Board meetings and events in their respective city. In addition, members are expected to assist with online promotion of volunteer postings and events. This would include sharing postings and upcoming events via LinkedIn or Facebook.

Charity/Foundation Website: http://communityambassadors.ca
Email: communityambassadors@shaw.ca

Volunteer Board Members for Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation

Description of Charity/Foundation:
Breast Cancer Supportive Care (BCSC) is a non-profit medical organization with a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals specializing in breast cancer care. We provide support to breast cancer patients and their families through individual and group programs. Our community-based programs help breast cancer survivors navigate the many physical and emotional challenges that arise from breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Description of Role:
BCSC is currently recruiting for new volunteer board members to join our diverse and committed team. We are looking for individuals who are actively engaged in the Calgary community, confident in corporate fundraising, and who bring skills and experiences that will provide value, diversity and enthusiasm to our governance Board. Special consideration will be given to candidates with a health care background and skills in strategy and governance.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visit our website at www.bcscf.com and send an expression of interest to BoD@bcscf.com

We expect a term of three years on the Board starting in June 2017.

Charity/Foundation Website: www.bcscf.com
Pam Johnson

Volunteer Treasurer for Instrumental Society of Calgary

Description of Charity/Foundation:
The Instrumental Society of Calgary has been in existence in Calgary since 1979. It produces and stages high quality classical chamber music concerts featuring some of Calgary’s most accomplished and recognized professional musicians. We stage 8 or 9 concerts per season (October through May), some special events concerts or seminars, and several concerts in Calgary schools and hospitals.

Description of Role:
Please see attached job description. We are seeking a qualified CA or CPA who is interested in and motivated to be involved in the Calgary music and cultural scene. You will become a voting member of our Board of Directors, be the Treasurer of the Society, and prepare financial statements which are used in obtaining cultural grants which enable our performances. You will be able to attend all of our events free of charge and receive 2 complementary tickets per concert for friends, family or business associates.

Certification or Education:

Applicable Interests:
Enjoys classical music ( and maybe some jazz too). Interested in meeting others with similar interests. Willing to devote volunteer time to further Calgary’s cultural scene.

1 Year to 2 Years

Charity/Foundation Website: http://www.instrumentalsociety.ca
Victor Carson
Email: vicepresident@instrumentalsociety.ca

File: Treasurer-Job-Description-2015-1.pdf

Volunteer Director for HIV Community Link

Description of Charity/Foundation:
HIV Community Link promotes wellness for individuals and communities affected by HIV and hepatitis C, offering prevention, education and support programs across Calgary and Southeastern Alberta. We work from a harm reduction perspective offering non-judgmental support, tools and information to reduce the risk of HIV and hepatitis C and to end the stigma associated with the illnesses. Our goal is to empower choices, to engage communities and to end transmission of HIV.

Description of Role:
A Director is accountable to the membership of the organization for effective governance and advocacy, as well as to funders and donors for financial responsibility. They also are responsible to the numerous communities we serve for the mission, vision, strategic direction and outcomes of the organization. They serve as a member of the Board for a two year term and may serve for a maximum of three terms (or six years)

The time commitment for this role is approximately 10-15 hours per month including board meetings and varying times for committee meetings and other engagements such as fundraisers or public events.

As a Director you would be responsible for a number of important tasks including:
– Committing to the mission, vision and values of HIV Community Link
– Being informed on the scope of the organization’s work, and participate in decision making surrounding policy, finance, programs, and advocacy
– Approving and monitoring strategic directions, policy and recommendations from committees and the Executive Director
– Reviewing the organization’s bylaws and approving the annual budget
– Participating in advocacy and fund development activities, and supporting fundraising efforts for the organization including the AIDS Walk and Splash of Red
– Developing and maintaining positive relations between various stakeholders in the organization and community to enhance the mission of the organization
– Contributing to the work of committees or special projects on a regular basis, while maintaining a strong level of commitment to the Board

The full volunteer position description, including a detailed list of responsibilities is available on the HIV Community Link website for further information.

We are looking for individuals with experience and expertise in fields such as accounting (CAs and CPAs), law and policy, marketing and communications, human resources, and strategic planning. If you have previous experience serving on a policy governance board, that would be considered a definite asset.

Finally, board members demonstrate an interest and awareness of the relevant issues which we work to address through our numerous programs and services. Successful candidates will be required to attend our Core Training which addresses Challenging Stereotypes, Safer Sex & HIV/AIDS, and Living with HIV/AIDS and will give you more information about the work that we do.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a completed volunteer application, letter of intent, and CV via e-mail to volunteer@hivcl.org with ‘Board of Directors Application’ in the subject line before April 30, 2017. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Certification or Education:

Applicable Interests: 
HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, Homelessness, Social Service, Public Health

2 Years or More

Charity/Foundation Website: http://www.hivcl.org
Email: volunteer@hivcl.org
If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a completed volunteer application, letter of intent, and CV via e-mail to volunteer@hivcl.org with ‘Board of Directors Application’ in the subject line before April 30, 2017. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

File: HIV-Community-Link-Board-of-Directors-Position-Description-2017.pdf