Director, Member of the Volunteer Board of Directors - Kinark Child and Family Services

Sep 27, 2020
Markham, Ontario

Director, Member of the Volunteer Board of Directors

Kinark is a Markham-based leader providing services and supports for children and youth with complex needs and their families, Kinark provides clinical assessment and intervention to some of Ontario’s most complex and high-risk children and youth.  Services are provided in the areas of child and youth mental health, autism, forensic mental health/youth justice, therapeutic respite and supervised access.  As one of the largest agencies in our sector in Canada, our service catchment spans the municipalities of Simcoe, York, Durham, Peterborough and Northumberland with one program in Peel. We also operate two provincial programs: the Syl Apps Youth Centre located in Oakville and the Kinark Outdoor Centre in Haliburton. Kinark is a large and complex agency with a budget of ~$113M and a staff of 800.

Kinark provides services to approximately 10,000 clients and their families annually. Kinark is the lead for community-based child and youth mental health planning in York, Durham and the three-county area of Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough.

The child and youth system in Ontario is in a period of significant change and transformation, increasingly focused on collaboration, leadership, quality and performance excellence and better outcomes for children and youth.

The Kinark Board of Directors is a high performing, accredited Board with responsibility for strategic leadership and stewardship of, and accountability for, significant government funding.  Our Board, like our organization, is committed to leadership in our sectors and supports our Board Directors with ongoing governance development and a range of service opportunities to optimize the combination of each Director’s skills, experience and interest.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for our 15-member volunteer Board of Directors - energetic and inspired individuals, seasoned strategic and systems thinkers who are committed to service excellence for children and youth with complex needs.


  • Ability to contribute to setting strategic direction and guiding system change in a period of transformation;
  • Experience contributing to strategic governance with an active volunteer Board of Directors;
  • Energy, optimism, leadership and insight.

Area of Expertise Currently Needed:

In addition to general criteria/requirements the Board has defined for new Directors, the Kinark BOD is specifically looking to enhance the skills mix of the Board by adding members with skills and experience in:

  • Finance and accounting
  • Youth justice
  • Government relations
  • Leadership experience gained in large, complex organizations; particularly in the human services fields of health, education and/or child protection

Our Board meets at least six times a year, currently virtually, with additional expectations to serve on one committee, on task groups as needed, and to participate in organization-wide events. Board members are asked to commit to a minimum term of three years. We invite you to join with us during this period of unprecedented opportunity to contribute to positive growth in the child and youth service system in Ontario.

Kinark promotes an inclusive and barrier-free environment. We are actively seeking applicants from diverse backgrounds of ability, culture, language, race, religion, and those representing under-served populations. We particularly welcome applicants from our catchment areas, including west, east and north of Toronto.

If you have the qualifications for, and are interested in, our Board, please to apply in writing with a cover letter and curriculum vitae to:

Eleanor Balcruz

Executive Assistant

Kinark Child and Family Services 500 Hood Road, Suite 200 Markham, Ontario L3R 9Z3

For further information please visit our website:

We are committed to providing accessible recruitment practices that comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Eleanor Balcruz at

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