Join the Board

The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the organization honestly, in good faith, and in the best interest of the organization. This work includes financial management, program and policy planning, implementation and evaluation, communication, and strategic direction. All committees report to the Board of Directors. The committees provide background information and make recommendations to the Board. The Board works closely with the Executive Director.

The members of the Board and its committees are volunteers and tenants just like you. CCOC will help with taxi or bus fare and family care for committee and board members attending meetings.

Join CCOC’s Board of Directors!

Do you want to make a real impact in your community? Do you want a say in the decisions that impact your life? Do you want to grow your professional development skills alongside a thoughtful group of volunteers? If this sounds like you, you should consider running for CCOC’s Board of Directors!

Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) is a community-based non-profit organization with a mission to create, maintain and promote affordable housing. CCOC is directed by volunteers—tenants and community members—who make up our Board of Directors and committees.

Each year in May, CCOC’s membership elects new board members at the Annual General Meeting. Board members are elected for a 2-year term. There are 14 seats on the Board, with 7 seats up for election every year.

CCOC is actively committed to anti-oppression and equity work and Indigenous reconciliation, as identified in our anti-oppression statement. We recognize that the current Board does not fully reflect the rich diversity of backgrounds, identities, and life experiences among CCOC tenants and our community.

We especially encourage candidates from under-represented communities, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), people with disabilities, new Canadians, youth, seniors, those who use social assistance or receive subsidies, and those from the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

What is the time commitment?

The Board meets once a month for two hours. Meetings are the last Wednesday of the month. You will need to do some preparation ahead of time. Before teach meeting, you will need to read the Board Package which includes minutes from all of the standing committees, and any other information required for that month’s agenda. The Board Package is usually circulated on the Friday ahead of the Board meeting.

Click here for the full Board of Directors role description.

For more information, please contact Hannah Vlaar, Director of Tenant and Community Engagement, by email or call 613-234-4065, ext. 254. She can answer any questions you have about running for a Board of Directors. She can also connect you with a current Board member who will share their experience and answer any questions you may have.

Deadlines and requirements

  • To become a Board Member, you must be at least 18 years old, and have been a member of CCOC for at least 30 days before the AGM.
  • You will also need to submit a bio about why you are running for the Board ahead of time. This bio will be shared with the membership in advance of the AGM.
  • Finally, you will need to prepare answers to two questions in advance of the AGM. These answers will be shared during the CCOC AGM so members have a chance to learn a little more about you.
  • Board members are elected by secret ballot during the AGM.
  • Deadlines for each of these requirements, and the date of the AGM, will be released early in 2023.

Too big a commitment right now? How about joining a committee?

Anyone can become a committee member after attending three meetings as a guest. CCOC has five committees standing: Development, Rental, Finance, Facilities Management and Tenant and Community Engagement. Committees meet once a month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Click here for a description of each committee.

Contact the Tenant and Community Engagement Facilitators for more information about joining a committee or getting involved.