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Positions: Board Members
Organization: Esquimalt Farmers Market
Location: Victoria, BC

Board of Directors - Volunteer Opportunites
Hours: Estimate time commitment of seven (7) to ten (10) hours per month.
Wage: Volunteer (unwaged).
Deadline to apply: October 27th, 2021.

Esquimalt Farmers Market (EFM) Overview:

EFM exists to provide a marketplace that serves as a community gathering point for relationship-building, promotion of and access to our local food system, and equitable environmental and economic sustainability in Esquimalt and beyond. Currently, we operate a weekly Thursday market through the months of April to November but our organization is always growing and shaping to the needs of our community.

Organizational Commitment to Equity:

The Esquimalt Farmers Market operates on the land of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees) and Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nations. As a food-first farmers market, we acknowledge that many of the practices represented at the market are a result of ongoing forms of colonial dispossession and genocide. Recognizing these inherent connections and continuing to interrogate settler colonialism is critical to our work. As we continue to grow as an organization, we endeavour to strengthen our relationships and responsibilities to the people and nations in this place.

We encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, queer-identifying folxs, people who identify as differently-abled and nero-divergent, and anyone with lived experience of poverty and food insecurity. We recognize that there can be significant barriers disportionately impacting participation in unpaid Board work. If this applies to you, we encourage you to reach out to us to discuss how we might facilitate your participation.

Board of Directors Overview:

As a registered non-profit society, the Board of Directors plays a central role in overseeing operations, the organization's mission and accountability, support for staff, and special projects that help to grow and shape our organization.

The time commitment required of Board members is estimated to be seven (7) to ten (10) hours per month. Board members are expected to serve for 2 years.

The Board is composed of the following positions: President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 4 Members at Large.

Board meetings are currently held one recurring weeknight of the month, at 7pm for approximately 1.5 hours. Additionally, all board members must sit on a minimum of two board committees.

Monthly Responsibilities

  • Attendance at monthly board meetings.
  • Preparation for monthly board meetings by reviewing the previous meeting minutes, financial reports, Executive Director reports, and any other relevant reports.
  • Participating in committee work, as required.
  • Attending to email and slack communications on an interim basis between meetings, as required.

Annual Responsibilities

  • Sit on a minimum of two board committees.
  • Participate in 1-2 annual strategic planning meetings with EFM staff.
  • Director responsibilies detailed in EFM Human Rights and Discrimination policy
  • Director responsibilities detailed in EFM Anti-Racism policy and plan
  • Participate in anti-racism and equity processes.
  • Participate in an annual review of the Executive Director and board performance.
  • Review the constitution, bylaws, and standing policy and procedures of the organization as necessary.
  • Attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
  • Review and adopt monthly financial reports and annual financial statements.
  • Support board member on-boarding, as required.
  • Volunteer a minimum of 2 hours at 4 market dates annually to gain an understanding of how the market runs.

Relevant Experience:

  • Knowledge of or an interest in topics related to equity-based sustainable food systems and supporting local businesses.
  • Board members must be willing to work within anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks and actively engage in ongoing learning about these frameworks.
  • Experience working or volunteering in the non-profit sector, or previous Board membership experience.
  • Experience in human resources, law, policy development, group facilitation, special events planning, media relations, project management, grant writing, workers rights, sustainability and/or other relevant topics.
  • Clear written and verbal communication.
  • Self-reflexivity, compassion, authenticity, and openness to change.

EFM is currently looking for applications for the role of Member at Large.

This position requires completion of a criminal record check.

Successful applicants will be brought forward to our membership for election at our Annual General Meeting in November.

Deadline to apply: October 27th, 2021.

To apply:

Please send a one-page statement of interest to Sonja (Secretary) at

Please include what you hope to contribute and learn through EFM’s current engagement in anti-racist and equity processes. 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 5 2021    ID: 61525