Volunteer and Career opportunities
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP), for more than three decades, has been at the forefront of the movement to reduce the impact of suicide in Canada. Our dedicated and passionate staff work hand-in-hand with CASP’s Board of Directors to provide national leadership and advocacy for suicide prevention and life promotion.
CASP is a virtual organization, with our employees working as part of a dispersed team across the country. We value our staff and have regard for their emotional wellbeing. CASP has created an inclusive and supportive culture, encouraging each of its employees to fully engage with our organization as it continues to grow and make a meaningful difference.
CALL FOR BOARD DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS
July 20, 2021
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention is currently seeking applications for volunteer (unpaid) board members on its Board of Directors.
Interested individuals should submit their application and resume online by August 23, 2021.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP), envisions a Canada without Suicide. Since 1985, CASP has been working towards the achievement of its purpose by advocating, communicating, and educating for suicide prevention, intervention, postvention and life promotion in Canada.
We aspire to be a leading voice for advocacy, communication and education for suicide prevention, intervention, postvention and life promotion within Canada and ensure that our efforts are inclusive of the diverse perspectives and circumstances of those across our Country impacted by Suicide.
Over the next few years, CASP will be particularly focused on:
● annual events - World Suicide Prevention Day, International Day for People Impacted by Suicide Loss, National Conference and Healing Day;
● advocacy with respect to responsible reporting and current topical issues (e.g. medical assistance in dying);
● building up membership;
● creating awareness about the organization outside of the suicide prevention sector;
● maintaining a leadership role within the suicide prevention sector; and
● building bridges between Indigenous life promotion principles and suicide prevention.
BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS
We invite individuals who are currently living permanently in Canada and who have an interest in suicide prevention and are committed to using their skills in support of a national coordinating body.
Term and Location
Directors will serve for a term of three years with eligibility for reappointment for a second consecutive term of three years. These positions will commence September 29, 2021, at the end of the AGM meeting. The Board meets virtually via video-conference calls and schedules two in-person meetings within Canada annually (one of which is during the Annual Conference).
Meetings of the Board of Directors are 90 minutes in duration once a month from September to June. Directors are expected to also participate on at least one board committee, which meet monthly for one hour (and as needed); and must make reasonable efforts to attend all scheduled meetings. Additionally, Board members should plan to be accessible for contact in between Board meetings.
Skills and Experience
The nomination and selection process is designed to maintain a board composition that includes experience and competency in various areas. We are seeking to add experience in the following areas:
● Human Resources Management
● Fundraising/Fund Development
● Public Relations/Public Affairs
● Business Administration
Board members must be able to work in English (read, write, speak). The ability to also work in French, Indigenous languages, or any other language is an asset.
Board Members Responsibilities
● Prepare in advance for decision-making and policy formation at Board meetings; take responsibility for self-education on the major issues before the Board.
● Responsibly review and act upon committee recommendations brought to the Board for action.
● Participate in the annual Board development and planning retreat.
● In general, utilize personal and professional skills, relationships and knowledge for the advancement of CASP.
● Engagement in fundraising activities.
Consistent with CASP’s commitment to increase diversity, we encourage applications from people who are currently living permanently in Canada who reflect Canada’s diversity. We welcome all nominations, though we are specifically seeking nominations from:
● People from marginalized or racialized populations including First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.
● People with Lived Experience of suicide related behaviours and/or thoughts.
● People impacted by suicide loss.
● People living with a disability.
● People representing British Columbia, Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.
The CASP Board meets virtually, therefore, Board members are required to have either an internet or phone connection. Computer, internet and phone expenses are not covered by CASP.
Interested individuals should submit our application online which includes submitting a resume, cover letter, and two references by August 23, 2021.
Please use this link to complete our application here.
Questions? Feel free to email us.