Variety Manitoba Board Member

Organization Details
Organization Name: Variety, the Children's Charity
Address: 440a Don Ave
Winnipeg MB  R3L 0S4
Website: http://www.varietymanitoba.com
Organizational Description: Variety, the Children's Charity of Manitoba steps in where government, healthcare and other funding ends to provide life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching equipment, supplies and services to children in Manitoba living with special needs and experiencing economic disadvantage.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: Variety, the Children's Charity of Manitoba steps in where government, healthcare and other funding ends to provide life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching equipment, supplies and services to children in Manitoba living with special needs and experiencing economic disadvantage.

Variety invites you to join them in their efforts to support and empower children so that they can participate more fully in life's activities by volunteering for a board position.

Bring your personal interests and expertise to the nonprofit, but bear in mind your primary obligation of stewardship is to the organization as a whole.

Come to meetings on time, be attentive and well-prepared.

Respect disagreement without personalizing the debate, and avoid paralysis in the face of dissent.
Ask questions rather than accepting the status quo.

Welcome information and advice, but reserve the right to make decisions based on your own best judgment.
Support board decisions as well as professional staff that you have appointed to serve the organization.
Skills Required: Passion - deep interest in the mission of your organization.
Vision and Leadership - the ability to see the big picture and the courage to set direction to achieve the organization's mission.
Stewardship - the integrity to serve the interests and pursue the goals of your organization, as well as the interests of the public and your organization's intended beneficiaries.
Knowledge - knowledge of your constituents and operations and organizational and managerial acumen.
Diligence - dedication and commitment to fulfilling your organization's goals.
Collegiality - possessing a sincere and respectful attitude toward colleagues and their views.
Discretion - Maintains confidentiality of board discussions and speaks with one voice when representing the organization to the community.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Your efforts will benefit this amazing local charity and in your board role you will have the opportunity to network, extend your expertise, and join other like-minded business professionals on the board. Not only that, but they also offer you the ability to try something new and exciting while building your skills and resume.

1. You will develop new skills and use other skills you don't necessarily use at your day job. You have been accepted as a board member, because they need your type of experience and background. You may get a chance to take on duties and be involved in areas that are related to your area of expertise but are slightly different than what you are currently engaged within. Your strategic insight and guidance will assist the Executive Director or President of the non-profit and it will allow you to hone in or lead the process - where in your daily role, you may have only supplied input into a certain area.
2. Your Professional Network will Expand! Sitting on a not for profit board allows you to spend time and interact with individuals you may not usually interact with. Whether they are more senior to you - which gives you great career potential - or they are in different industries and opens up opportunities to do business with them. Getting to know more people and their contacts at events can be a lot of fun as well!
3. Insight into Running a Successful Organization: As a board member, you not only will learn from those around you, you will also see the workings of another organization. Best practices that can be put into place and tested can also then be placed back into your own organization and used with real live facts on how successful they really were. Topics of Financial Effectiveness, Board Governance, or Business Focus are all elements of the organization you will see firsthand. As a senior leader or middle manager, you can see the aspects of the organization from a different viewpoint, than what you usually see at your own organization and sometimes the advancement or clarity this can provide is invaluable.

So, no matter what stage of your career you are at, becoming a board member and sharing your gifts of talent and expertise is a win - win situation. It involves a real time commitment and involvement on your part to embrace a cause that you believe in. If you are new to your leadership role, it is wonderful opportunity to meet others like yourself. If you are new to the community, it is a great way to meet other business professionals and become immersed in this new community.
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening, Weekend
The time commitment varies. There is 1 one hour long board meeting each month There are also other committees on the Board that you could join which also include a few hours each month of your time. You are also asked from time to time to attend special fundraising events.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Uses a wheelchair
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Certificate of recognition
How to Apply: Email: admin@varietymanitoba.com
Closing Date: Nov 20, 2019
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