Roles and Responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board

December 10, 2024
04:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Board members of an incorporated, non-profit organization are legally responsible for the governance of the organization and are expected to develop, implement and monitor policies that will allow the organization to carry out its mission.

Beyond their legal duties, board members are also important resources - they contribute to the culture, effectiveness, and strategic focus, as well as act as ambassadors and advocates for the work being done by the organization. While a board may appoint staff and/or committees to carry out the work related to its policies, programs and services, the board is ultimately responsible for meeting outcomes.

In this workshop, participants will learn the best practices of board governance, the legal duties and responsibilities of board directors, and risk management that will ensure that the organization has the right resources to advance its mission.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Key roles and responsibilities of the board and its members
  • Common board governance structures and which one best fits your organization
  • How committees can support the work of the board
  • Understanding bylaws, policies and procedures
  • Identifying the legal duties and liabilities of the board

Who should attend?

This workshop was designed to assist individuals with little (or no) board governance experience, those who would like to refresh their knowledge, or those who are working with boards that have gotten a little off track.


Juanita De-Souza-Huletey is a trailblazing leader, educator, mentor, and patron, who has made a significant impact in Canada since her arrival over 30 years ago. As an intern at IBM Canada Ltd, Juanita began her journey after graduating from the University of Ghana. She holds various roles, including being a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Manitoba, an entrepreneur, a board advisor, and the Manager of Application Services at the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.

With a master's degree from the University of Manitoba and ongoing Ph.D. studies, Juanita is highly educated and has published papers in international journals while presenting at conferences. She is actively involved in multiple boards and advisory positions, such as Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Western Canada and the Ghana Mission Queen Girls Up (UN Foundation).

Juanita's dedication to the immigrant community is commendable. She addresses systemic issues, coaches immigrant professionals, and promotes successful integration. Her passion for volunteering is evident in her leadership of initiatives like Folklorama, Africa Fest Business Networking, and various fundraising activities.

Empowering immigrants, women, and girls in STEM is Juanita's driving force. She strives to challenge biases and create a better future. Her leadership style is characterized by integrity, accountability, transparency, and consistently surpassing expectations.

Juanita is happily married and the proud mother of three adult sons.


Technical Requirements to Participate Virtually:

To participate, you will need a computer/mobile device with internet connection, speakers and microphone. A webcam is preferred but optional.


Volunteer Manitoba strives to host inclusive, accessible workshops that enable all individuals to engage fully. If you require any accommodations to participate in our training, please indicate so on the registration form.






Juanita DeSouza-Huletey

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