Volunteer Posting 1580

Board Directors
Megaphone (Hope in Shadows Society)
Work From Home - Vancouver & Lower Mainland
2 to 4 hours per week
closes in 27 days (Fri, 10 May)


Megaphone’s mission is to change the story on poverty by promoting social equity, amplifying marginalized voices, and creating meaningful work. Established in 2007, Megaphone produces award winning, community-driven publications Megaphone magazine, Hope in Shadows calendar and Voices of the Street anthology. 

At the heart of the organization, the Vendor Program addresses the lack of accessible income earning opportunities for people with barriers to traditional employment. We do this by producing literary and journalistic publications and training 125+ people experiencing poverty in Vancouver to sell those products for an income

Our publications, the means by which they are created and sold, foster community engagement, awareness, and support for people experiencing acute poverty and social isolation.

The role of the board 

The Hope in Shadows Society board of directors advances the mission of Megaphone, through good governance and oversight. The Board holds a fiduciary responsibility to comply with all legal requirements of a registered Canadian charity, to act in accordance with the Society By-laws and Constitution, and to formulate and approve governing policy decisions that promote the short- and long-term success of the Society in accordance with the Society’s strategic documents (mission, vision, values and strategic plan). The Board makes annual appointments to Committees to conduct work and research and produce recommendations for the Board.

The board meets a minimum of 5 times a year and board members are expected to attend board meetings and to join and attend meetings for one committee (governance, HR, finance, fundraising). All board members are elected for a two-year term. Being a board member requires a commitment of 5-10 hours per month. 


Key qualities for candidates 

Megaphone is recruiting new candidates to strengthen the diversity of perspectives and experiences at the board level. In particular, we welcome applications from people with expertise in community work, fundraising, human resources, financial administration and/or accounting, and technology and digital development.

Megaphone recognizes the importance of an inclusive workplace and a diverse workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds; LGBTQ2+ identified persons; women/femmes/non-binary people; people with disabilities; and people with lived experience of issues on which Megaphone is working to change the public conversation, such as poverty, homelessness, and substance use.


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