Board of Director - Parkdale Community Legal Services

Oct 13, 2020
Toronto, Ontario


Community Solidarity. Government Advocacy. Accessible Legal Services.

Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) is both a community legal clinic and teaching clinic for Osgoode Hall Law School students in downtown Toronto. We work with low income community members in a culturally diverse community. We focus our work in the areas of housing and homelessness, migrant rights and immigration law, workers’ rights, income security, violence and health, in conjunction with community development and organizing work to address systemic issues of social exclusion, displacement and poverty.

PCLS is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the people we work with. This includes diversity in languages spoken, culture, race, sexual orientation and gender identity. We encourage applications from individuals who are Black and Indigenous, as well as individuals from diverse, racialized, and marginalized communities and backgrounds.

PCLS relies on a strategic, progressive and community-focused Board to oversee the management of the clinic and ensure PCLS activities are aligned with its mission, vision and philosophy. The Board is responsible for strategic planning, community engagement, funder relations, and more, so that the legal clinic can do the work necessary for both individual cases and systemic law reform.

We are seeking volunteers to join our Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 term. Our Annual General Meeting will be held at the end of September. We invite interested applicants to join in the governance role of helping to defend the rights of low income people in our community. 

No previous experience on Boards is required. PCLS will provide orientation and training to all successful candidates. 

Experience with the following areas are an asset but not a requirement:

  •  Fundraising and/or grant writing

  •  Financial management

  •  Advocacy and/or public relations


Individual Board members are responsible for the following duties:

  • Attend monthly Board meetings (via Zoom at the moment).

  • Commit to an additional 5-10 hrs/month to prepare for meetings and participate on working committees

  • Keep informed about PCLS’ legal and foundational documents 

  • Keep generally informed about ongoing activities at PCLS

  • Act with honesty and good faith to support the best interests of PCLS

  • Maintain solidarity with fellow directors in support on a decision that has been duly made according to the bylaw

  • Work collaboratively with PCLS on committees or at any Board meetings

  • Be a good ambassador for PCLS; build and maintain relationships with community and sector stakeholders


Be available to serve a minimum of a 2-year term with eligibility for reappointment for successive terms


We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and no later than September 20, 2020. 

How to apply:

To apply, please provide us with the following:

  1. Resume/CV

  2. A one-page cover letter expressing your interest, experience, and qualifications

You can submit your application via:

Email: with “Board of Directors” in the subject line

Mail: Parkdale Community Legal Services, 1229 Queen St W, Toronto ON M6K1L2


Fax: 416-531-0885

For more information about the role and nomination process please contact Tenzin Tekan, Program and Operations Director at or 416-531-2411 x 241.

PCLS promotes the principles of anti-oppression and adheres to the tenets of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Please advise if you have any accommodation needs regarding the submission of your application.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information about PCLS please visit our website

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