Join our Board of Directors and be the Voice of Change for Individuals With Aphasia!

Make a lasting impact, shape our strategic vision, and empower those in need.

The Aphasia Centre of Ottawa is seeking dynamic and passionate individuals to join our Board of Directors as new board members.

As a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by aphasia, we require a diverse range of skills and expertise to guide our strategic direction and ensure the success of our programs and services. This is a volunteer position that offers an opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those affected by aphasia.

A Message from our Board Chair

Nabil Ould-Brahim - ACO Board Chairman
Nabil Ould-Brahim

Are you ready to be part of an incredible journey? Join our exceptional board and be a catalyst for change at the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa!

Aphasia’s immense impact can seem insurmountable, but we’re rewriting the narrative right here in our own backyard. Together, we’ll create a ripple effect that resonates throughout our community.

I extend a personal invitation to you to embark on this extraordinary voyage, making a lasting difference in the lives of these remarkable individuals. Let’s unite to raise awareness, expand our reach, and pave the way for a future where every person diagnosed with Aphasia receives the vital services they deserve.

Join us in this audacious quest, and together, we’ll unleash the power of possibility. It’s time to inspire, to empower, and to reshape lives. Together, we’ll turn dreams into realities and ensure a brighter tomorrow for all.

What are the Responsibilities?

  1. Collaborate with fellow board members to establish and uphold the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
  2. Participate actively in board meetings, providing input, insights, and expertise on strategic planning and decision-making.
  3. Contribute at a strategic level to the development and evaluation of policies, programs, and services to best serve our members.
  4. Act as an ambassador for the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa, promoting awareness, advocating for resources, and fostering community partnerships.
  5. Help ensure the financial sustainability of the organization by participating in fundraising initiatives, donor cultivation, and grant applications.
  6. Support the organization’s governance by upholding ethical standards, maintaining confidentiality, and adhering to legal and regulatory requirements.
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What are some Ideal Qualifications?

You must have a willingness to dedicate time and effort to board meetings, committee work, and organizational activities, typically requiring a commitment of 2-10 hours per month.

In addition we also recommend having at least 2 of the following skills:

  1. Strategic thinking: Ability to contribute to the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plans and initiatives.
  2. Leadership skills: Demonstrated leadership experience and the ability to collaborate effectively with fellow board members, staff, volunteers, and external stakeholders.
  3. Fundraising and resource development: Experience in fundraising, donor cultivation, grant applications, or resource mobilization to support the organization’s financial stability.
  4. Communication skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively convey ideas, build relationships, and represent the organization in public settings.
  5. Governance and compliance: Familiarity with nonprofit governance principles, legal and regulatory frameworks, and an understanding of board member responsibilities.
  6. Community engagement: Strong community connections and the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders, including individuals with aphasia, their families, professionals, and community organizations.
  7. Ontario healthcare experience:  Previous experience in the healthcare, Ontario Health Teams, Clinic, Hospital, Health Administration.

BONUS: Knowledge and understanding of aphasia: Familiarity with the challenges faced by individuals with aphasia and an understanding of their communication needs and abilities.

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