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Department of Imaginary Affairs, a Canadian national not-for-profit, is seeking new members to join our Board of Directors.

The next few years will be an exciting time of growth for the Department of Imaginary Affairs (DIA). We are looking for engaged board members to play a central role in helping to implement our mission and guide the organization in this time of growth.

We are fortunate to have an incredibly engaged Board of Directors made up of extremely interesting individuals who regularly attend quarterly board meetings, participate in annual board retreats, and spearhead committees providing valuable insight and advice as needed. Our board is strategic in helping the organization develop, supportive and active in our fundraising, board development, and visioning. As a governance board, the primary day-to-day operations are taken care of by our small but mighty staff, with fiduciary oversight as required by the board.

As our core mission is about building a welcoming culture and understanding the evolving definition of what it means to be Canadian from new and developing Canadians, we are looking for individuals who have expertise or personal experience as:

  • A newcomer to Canada (lived in Canada for less than 7 years)
  • Foreign-born
  • First generation
  • Working with newcomers or youth
  • Speak another language other than English

Additional desired assets:

  • Legal Experience (contract law, intellectual property)
  • Sponsorship / donor relations
  • Nonprofit governance

Estimated hours of volunteer time: 20 – 25 hrs annually

To apply, please provide:

  1. A resume and/or C.V (include a link to your LinkedIn profile, if you have one);
  2. A brief statement as to why you want to join the board and why you feel like you would make a good fit with Department of Imaginary Affairs;
  3. What you imagine Canada will look like in 50 years.

Email your application to to the attention of: Blair Francey, Executive Director. The deadline for applications is July 8, 2019 at 5pm. We are seeking up to 3 board members at this time, but will be looking for more in the future. Due to time and resources, we will follow up with applicants who are short-listed for an interview and will keep others on file.

Department of Imaginary Affairs is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our organization. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our organization including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

About Department of Imaginary Affairs
Department of Imaginary Affairs is a national not-for-profit organization. Founded in 2015, our projects aim to gain a clear understanding of the evolving definition of what it means to be Canadian from new and developing Canadians, to develop a deeper sense of belonging and well-being as a citizen, and engage citizens in their communities in active decision-making.

We seek, collect, and share stories of new and developing Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Every story we hear helps us learn more about the people who live in Canada and how we as a nation define what it means to be Canadian. Through our projects, we strive to utilize stories to build a nation of empathetic citizens, public services and policies.

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