Call for Board Members

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) is a dynamic agency making a difference in the community. IWSO is looking for individuals with the following skills or experience to fill current vacancies on the Board:

• Legal background (Family Law; Immigration Law)
• Board Governance
• Communication
• Fundraising


The Nominating Committee would like to receive nominations from individuals who have one or more of the above skills or experience, and have an interest in the services and programs of IWSO.

IWSO would like to ensure its Board of Directors reflects the clientele the organization serves. We are particularly interested in qualified candidates who also offer lived experience as:

  • A newcomer to Canada / a racialized woman;
  • A survivor of violence;
  • A member of the LGBTQ+ community.

You are encouraged to self-identify as a member of one of the above-mentioned groups when applying. Please see the attached Job Description for more information on the duties, responsibilities and expectations of IWSO Board Members.

If you would like to be considered please send us your resume and a one or two page letter outlining your interest in IWSO and the relevant skills or qualifications you will bring to the position.

If you know of someone who would be an excellent candidate for the Board, please forward this information to them.

Applications may be sent to by Monday, August 23, 2021 and addressed to the Nominating Committee. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Job Description IWSO Board Member

 Statement of Responsibility

The Board of Directors is the legal authority for Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO). As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.

The Board of Directors emphasizes:

  • Strategic leadership and its fiduciary responsibility;
  • Clarification between the Board and staff roles;
  • Social justice, anti-oppression, and equality for all women.


  • Attend Board meetings up to 8 times per year
  • Participate on at least one Board Committee
  • Review and amend the vision, mission and objectives of the agency as deemed necessary
  • Review and amend the By-Laws and operational policies and procedures
  • Participate in the implementation of IWSO’s Strategic Plan
  • Define and review programs and services within the policy framework of IWSO
  • Contribute to IWSO’s fundraising program of activities by:
    • o making contacts on behalf of IWSO;
    • o seeking out potential donors and sponsors.


  • A strong commitment to the vision, mission, mandate and values of IWSO
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • A deep understanding of the issues affecting immigrant women
  • A deep understanding of the Violence Against Women and Settlement & Integration Sectors
  • A commitment of approximately 5 hours per month
  • Ability to contribute to strengthening the financial base of IWSO
  • Offers lived experience as a newcomer to Canada, survivor of violence, or both
  • Ability to communicate well in English


Directors serve a two-year term and may be elected for an additional two consecutive terms for a total of 6 years.

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa
219 Argyle Avenue, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2H4
Tel: 613-729-3145
Fax: 613-729-9308