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Needed: Board Members / Directors (3)
Type: nonprofit board / unpaid
Organization: Ignatius Jesuit Centre
Location: Guelph, Ontario / Mix of in-person and remote work

Are you interested in contributing to an organization that promotes spiritual growth and ecological engagement through nature conservation, contemplation, community development, and working with the land?

Are you….?

  • Aligned with IJC’s vision, mission, culture, and values
  • Kind, compassionate, self-aware and have a desire to seek feedback, learn and grow.
  • Organized and can manage timelines, goals and expectations well.
  • Truly interesting in supporting the well-being of this charity, and excited to devote time and energy to supporting IJC’s direction.

Are You Looking To….?

  • Share your expertise, knowledge and learned experience
  • Develop new skills while deepening existing one
  • Strengthen your leadership skills
  • Expand your social and professional networks
  • Support and strengthen your community
  • Be part of taking IJC to the next level

The Ignatius Jesuit Centre:

  • cherishes relationships and connections between human and more than human world
  • facilitates retreats and gatherings of groups and events that promote education, arts and harmonious relationships with outer and inner worlds

Every year over 5000 individuals and families build better connections with the land through the Ignatius Jesuit Centre’s (IJC)’s retreats, trainings, farm products, trails, and land-based initiatives. IJC’s mission is to cultivate spiritual growth and ecological engagement. IJC’s 640-acre property has three main programs which include Loyola House, a world-class retreat & training centre, Ignatius Farm, a community organic training farm offering local access to land and food, and the Old-Growth Forest, a 94-acre conservation and education initiative.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for Board members who are interested in rolling up their sleeves and getting involved to promote IJC Mission and Vision.

Board members with expertise, knowledge and/or learned experience in the following areas will help strengthen IJC’s ability to fulfill its mission and vision:

  • Ecological stewardship and land conservation
  • Agriculture
  • Community and Program development
  • Human Resources
  • Indigenous relationship development
  • Accounting/ Financial
  • Legal
  • Fundraising/philanthropic
  • Youth (aged 18 – 29)

Previous board experience is not necessary.

We aim for our Board to encompass diverse voices, backgrounds and perspectives.

Time Commitment:

This voluntary commitment involves attending one Board meeting (1.5-2 h) per month as well as one Committee meeting per month (1.5- 2 h), except December, July and August. Each Board member is asked to join one Committee. Committees include Financial, Governance, Land, Human Resources and Fundraising. A board term is 3 years, and it can be renewed for up to three (3) terms. Time in between meetings is required for preparation and reflection.

Responsibilities of IJC Board Member:

  • Provide strategic leadership
  • Be knowledgeable about IJC’s mission, vision, values, programs, risk management plan and long-term objectives.
  • Monitor and assess organizational performance
  • Ensure IJC has sufficient resources to carry out its mission
  • Understand fiscal, staff, reputation and community implications of decisions
  • Share knowledge, engage in critical thought and meaningful conversation around complex issues
  • Work closely with other directors and be part of at least on Committee
  • Actively engage in Board meetings
  • Be an ambassador and promote IJC’ work in the community
  • Support the Board Chair, Executive Director and Directors of Operations
  • Ensure no conflicts or interest exist and that duties are upheld.

How to Apply:

Please email your resume and statement of interest to Hilary Jenkins at

In your statement include:

  1. Why you wish to be IJC Board Member
  2. How you can support IJC (expertise, knowledge and/or learned experience)
  3. Which committee you are interested in joining (Land, Fundraising, Human Resources, Finance, Governance)

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 3 2024    ID: 71501