POSITION OVERVIEW: The Brenda Strafford Centre is seeking a new member on our Board of Directors. As Board Member, you will act as a trustee for the people and communities receiving services from the Brenda Strafford Centre. You will help create and steward a vision for the Centre, be an ambassador for the Centre’s work, and are responsible for contributing to effective governance and oversight of the organization.

Indigenous women continue to be over-represented in family violence services. In 2017, self-identified Aboriginal women accounted for 29% of new intakes at The Brenda Strafford Centre. Historically, Indigenous families report experiencing a multitude of barriers in accessing services due to social exclusion and systemic discrimination. The Brenda Strafford Centre appreciates the pressing need to understand and address the factors which contribute to the experience of families seeking support, with a focus on understanding and consideration for the unique culture, history, and traditions of Indigenous peoples, including the impact of multigenerational trauma and the effects of residential schools.

As such, The Brenda Strafford Centre is seeking a dynamic and experienced Board Member with lived experience and/or specific training and understanding around Indigenous Knowledge who can support our commitment to organizational accountability in service provision to indigenous families through their representation on the Board of Directors.


  • Approximately one Board Meeting per month (3 hours/evening)
  • Participation in one Board Committee (1-2 hours/month)
  • Availability to consult with the organization on matters related to your area of expertise.
  • Previous governance experience either working with or serving on a Board would be a definite asset in this position.

Brenda Strafford Board members serve a three-year term with the option to serve subsequent terms.

DIVERSITY: The Brenda Strafford Centre is committed to achieving a member composition that is representative of the clients, organization and community it serves, and to maintaining purposeful consideration to the selection of members of the following groups: Female-identified persons, Indigenous Peoples, and Members of Visible Minorities. Diversity will be a leading consideration in recruitment and selection of new Board Members. Application: If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of people impacted by family violence in Calgary, we would love to hear from you.

Please note this is a volunteer position.

APPLICATION: To apply for this position, please contact: Tolu Adepoju Board Secretary, Brenda Strafford Centre via

ABOUT THE BRENDA STRAFFORD CENTRE: The Brenda Strafford Centre encompasses a Second Stage Shelter and Transitional Housing Program (Progressive Housing), serving women and children seeking safety from family violence from a client-centered and trauma informed approach that allows families to lead their care in a safe, secure, and supportive environment.

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