Board Member (Volunteer) - Frontlines

Nov 05, 2020
Toronto, Ontario

About Frontlines

Started as a drop-in centre that focused primarily on music, Frontlines now offers a variety of programs to hundreds of children and youth from Weston and surrounding neighborhoods.  Our youth face a number of issues ranging from crime, poor educational systems, lack of youth engagement resources, child hunger and poverty. Frontlines is the only child and youth specific centre addressing these needs.  Our programs and services serve six to 29 year olds and range from homework clubs to employment programs; all of Frontlines’ programming serves as a building block for children to feel valued, empowered, and create a greater sense of connection. 

We believe in community and stay true to our core guiding principles. For 35 years of service in the community, we seek to sow seeds of greatness and excellence in all that we do.  Please read more about our vision, mission and values here.

Check out this video to hear from the staff and youth of Frontlines. 

Visit us at where you can see weekly updates of what is happening with this dynamic organization.

Board Role

The Board of Directors is responsible for, while working collaboratively with the Executive Director, setting the strategic direction of Frontlines and providing fiduciary oversight and accountability for performance in achieving Frontline’s mission and vision.   


The general responsibilities of a Board Member include:


  • Putting the well-being of the youth of the Weston and surrounding communities as a whole first and foremost; 

  • A three year commitment (renewable for a second term)

  • Attendance at Board meetings (typically once per month);

  • Coming prepared, including reading minutes, agenda, and ED and committee reports, to discuss issues and vote on motions at Board meetings;

  • Being an active participant in Frontline’s Strategic Planning process and review; 

  • Membership or chairing one or more board committees which meet at least monthly outside of Board meetings; 

  • Ensuring the financial health, effective leadership and health and safety compliance of the organization; 

  • Building relationships and networks with stakeholders;

  • Participate in an annual evaluation process to enhance Board performance;

  • Support fundraising efforts and raise money for the organization; 

  • Identifying and disclosing real or perceived conflicts of interest; 

  • Contribute to a collegial environment that works towards consensus; and 

  • Exhibiting compassion, patience, collaboration, perseverance, and dedication.


  • Ability to contribute to setting strategic direction and determining long terms goals for Frontlines; 

  • Experience monitoring and/or improving organizational performance;

  • Demonstrated ability to assess, manage, and mitigate risk;

  • Strategic thinker that brings analytical skills to decision making;

  • Connections to business and community through personal and/or professional networks; 

  • Cultural competency skills; and

  • Passion, energy, optimism, leadership, team-oriented, outcome focused, and insight.

Area of Expertise/Representation Currently Needed:

In addition to general criteria/requirements, the Frontlines Board is specifically looking to enhance the skills and perspective mix of the Board by adding members with skills and experience in: 

  • Human Resources

  • Risk assessment and management

  • Leadership development

  • Fundraising 

  • Lived experience and knowledge of the challenges of youth in racialized communities

  • Knowledge/understanding of cultures of diverse populations including Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean     

  • Previous participants or parents of previous participants are encouraged to apply 

  • Experience with engaging youth around governance (i.e. youth advisory)


Selection Timeline and Process

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview with the Governance Committee in September.   Candidates who are recommended by the Governance Committee will stand for election at the October Annual General Meeting.

Please complete the application on our website and forward it to with the subject line “Board of Directors Expression of Interest”.  You may include a current copy of your resume or a link to an online profile.

We thank you for your interest.

Deadline:             Tuesday September 8, 2020

Respond to: 

Please state in the Subject Line:  “Board of Directors Expression of Interest”.


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