Position Duration: 1-2 years
Positions Available: 1 or 2
Capital Rainbow Refuge is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 to sponsor and support sexual and gender minority refugees. It is based in the national capital region and Eastern Ontario. Operating with charitable capacity, CRR mentors other LGBTQI+ refugee sponsorship groups and
assists in the settlement of LGBTQI+ refugees who have arrived by other means (including inland refugee claimants, government refugees, and newcomers).
CRR also engages in advocacy at all levels of government as a member of the Rainbow Coalition for Refugees. In 2020, CRR became incorporated in Canada and began the task of developing governance models, policies, and structures. Prior to an Annual General meeting, the Board can appoint members, and we are currently seeking 1-2 people to serve on the Board of Directors.
Board Purpose - The Board of Directors is composed of up to 10 volunteers who are responsible for the governance of Capital Rainbow Refuge. The Board accomplishes the mandate through goal setting, developing strategic priorities, decision-making, advising, and setting policy. The Board
sets the vision, values, and path forward, in service of CRR’s members. The Board should be guided by the principles of accountability, collaboration, commitment, and be grounded in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and anti-oppressive practices.
Treasurer - The Treasurer is a volunteer and member of the Capital Rainbow Refuge Board of Directors. S/he/they are assisted by staff, including the executive director, and a bookkeeper. They oversee all aspects of the organization’s finances, including budget planning, record-keeping, monitoring incoming and outgoing funds, help prepare for external audits and are a co-signer. They monitor the organizations financial health and keep the board of directors up to speed so that they can make better decisions, and fulfill the Board’s fiduciary responsibilities to provide financial oversight and accountability.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Board - As Capital Rainbow Refuge is taking steps to become a society, the Board of Directors has a unique opportunity to impact the future and governance of Capital Rainbow Refuge, overseeing the creation of systems, structures, and policies that will allow the organization to enter a new phase of sustainable growth. The Board can designate the Officers of the Corporation and may appoint a Chair of the Board, Vice-Chair of the Board, a Secretary and a Treasurer as well as any other Officers that the Board may determine.
The Board of Directors supervises the management of the Corporation, gives direction to the Executive Director, and is responsible for oversight for staff and volunteers. The Board supervises the leadership of the Corporation, and sets strategic priorities for the organization. Therefore CRR requires individuals with a wide array of skillsets. Priority areas for expertise, knowledge and experience include: finance, fundraising, internal and external communications, and organizational capacity building. Capital Rainbow Refuge is committed to centring the perspectives and insights of individuals with lived experience as LGBTQI+ refugees and newcomers at all levels of leadership within the organization. Individuals with lived experience as LGBTQI+ refugees are encouraged to apply and self-identify. People of colour are encouraged to apply. Directors must have the time and capacity to dedicate to guiding the organization. The Board meets ten times per year for an approximate duration of 2-3 hours. All Directors are expected to serve on one or more committees established by the Board, and to be a Board liaison to one Board Committee, such as: Finance & Audit, Fundraising, Human Resources, Qmunity, Sponsorship, Strategic Planning. There can also be Board Retreats, and Events. Directors are elected at the June AGM, normally for a term of two (2) years, with half of the board being elected each year.
• Must become a member of CRR
• over 18 years old
• Demonstrated commitment to supporting LGBTQI+ refugees
• Knowledge of and sensitivity to the multiple, often intersecting, inequities experienced by LGBTQI+ refugees
• Enthusiastic about organization building and governance
• Able to collaborate to achieve common goals
• Able to effectively communicate with constituents and external stakeholders from diverse social & cultural backgrounds
• Experience and knowledge in any of the following areas: communications, fundraising, capacity building, and finance
• Previous experience participating in, or facilitating, equity and inclusivity focused initiatives is an asset
• Fluency in a language other than English (French, Arabic, Spanish, etc.) is considered an asset.
• Lived experience as an LGBTQI+ refugee or newcomer is an asset.
Commitment - Directors will be responsible for supporting Capital Rainbow Refuge through its upcoming transition from non-profit status to charitable status, and must therefore be enthusiastic about organization building and governance.
Process - If this sounds like a great fit and you have some time, skills and energy to share, please send an email, and your CV to the Board’s Recruitment Committee at
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