Recruitment Notice: Board of Directors
The Diefenbunker is seeking qualified volunteer candidates to serve on its Board of Directors, to help steer the organization on the exciting path toward its next phase of growth. If you have an interest in history and share our passion for the success of the Diefenbunker, then we’d like to hear from you.
The Board has a particular need for individuals with expertise in the following areas:
In its commitment to a culture of equity, inclusion and diversity, the Board encourages applications from candidates whose personal backgrounds could enhance the social, cultural, demographic, and geographic diversity of the Board.
The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is a once top-secret, four-storey underground bunker and is the only museum of its kind in Canada. As a museum and national historic site preserving and promoting Canada’s Cold War history, the Diefenbunker has a crucial role to play in helping us learn from our past and envision a more peaceful future. The Diefenbunker’s one-of-a-kind experiential learning environment, along with its award-winning programs, events, and exhibitions, draws close to 70,000 visitors per year from around the world.
Designed sixty years ago as the centre for Canada’s defence against nuclear attack, the Diefenbunker was intended to house key government and military officials to ensure national communications and continuity of government. The facility operated as Canadian Forces Station Carp until 1994, when the site was decommissioned, and a group of volunteers stepped forward to preserve the building. In 1998, the Diefenbunker opened as a museum and charitable organization. Today, twenty-five years later, the museum is governed by a Board of Directors, led by an Executive Director, and operated by a full-time professional staff and a corps of volunteers.
The mandate of the Diefenbunker is to increase, throughout Canada and the world, interest in and a critical understanding of the Cold War, by preserving the Diefenbunker as a national historic site and by operating a Cold War museum. By showcasing Canada’s preparedness to secure the seat of government during the Cold War, the Diefenbunker creates this country’s most unique learning environment for Canadians to better understand a critical period in recent world history.
The current 2022–2024 Strategic Plan prioritizes four areas of development:
As a not-for-profit corporation, the museum is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with a duty of care, diligence, and loyalty.
The Board carries the following primary responsibilities:
Directors are accountable to:
Director time commitment:
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