An Incredible way to connect with your Community!
If you are a professional with experience in legal, finance or a strong commitment to charitable work, and are looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity, we may have the perfect role for you!
The Oakville Community Foundation is currently seeking local applicants for our volunteer Committees and Board of Directors. These positions are a rewarding volunteer experience that will allow you to have a direct impact on the place you call home. No prior Board experience is required, just your willingness to share your knowledge and help your community.
Our Board members are champions of our community and are passionate about making a difference locally. In addition to the standard roles and responsibilities of a Board member, our Board members act as advocates and ambassadors for The Foundation and are actively engaged in creating a better Oakville for all.
We are looking to build a Board that is representative of our changing and growing community demographics, as well as aligning with our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. We encourage all interested applicants to send their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Oakville Community Foundation?
Formed in 1994, the Oakville Community Foundation is a local charitable solutions provider, delivering the tools to realize charitable passions. The Foundation acts as a philanthropic medium, investing donations to generate new money for our community. We conduct local research to provide our diverse donors with knowledge and solutions to make an impact in the local community, both today and in the future. As of 2023, The Foundation has granted more than $59 million to support charities locally and beyond.
What is the time commitment?
The full Board of Directors meets quarterly. Board members are expected to attend four board meetings per year. They are expected to read Board materials in advance of board meetings and to come prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions. There are additional opportunities for committee involvement, strategic visioning and event participation throughout the year. Required time commitment varies, depending on the Board members role, availability and interest.
How long is a Board Term?
Each Board member is elected for two terms. At each Annual General Meeting, those who have completed a one-year term are eligible for re-election to a maximum of 6 consecutive terms.
What is the application process?
Applicants may self-nominate by submitting a resume to email@example.com. We encourage all interested applicants to apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. New and returning board members are announced at The Foundation’s Annual General Meeting in the Spring.
Meet some of our current Board members:
“Serving as the Chair of the Board of the Oakville Community Foundation is a great privilege for me. We have a highly capable, diverse and energetic board that believes strongly in The Foundation’s mission and strategic priorities and I am so excited to be part of and lead this group. The Foundation’s leadership and team is ambitious and driving toward exciting innovations in the philanthropic sector and it is.”
Bindu Cudjoe is a Fundholder, a founding member of The Foundation’s Women’s Giving Collective, past Chair of the Community Legacy Building Committee and Governance & Nominating Committee’s of the Board, and now serves as Chair of the Board. Professionally, she was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in 2016. Bindu is active in the community and believes in leaving the world a better place than how it was found. Bindu is a big proponent of activism and social justice and works to be an active teacher, listener and ally throughout her work with The Foundation.
“Having seen first-hand the wonderful community work that the Oakville Community Foundation does, I am excited to now sit on the Board of Directors. The Foundation continually strives to ensure that human rights, diversity, inclusion and equity remain a cornerstone of their philanthropic policies, programs and practices. I am proud to be a part of this organization and its support for cultural diversity in Oakville.”
Andrew Tyrrell is a Fundholder, Vice-Chair of The Foundation’s Community Legacy Building Committee and a longtime friend to The Foundation through his community involvement. Andrew is the President & Executive Board Member of the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton and is on the Board of Directors of Radius Child and Youth Services. Professionally, he is a Senior Investigator with expertise in complex financial frauds, professional conduct of regulated professionals and criminal prosecutions. Andrew is a cycling and running coach to many recreational athletes in the Burlington, Oakville and Toronto areas and continues to serve as President of Oakville Legion Track & Field Club.
Lindsay Patrick is a member of The Foundation’s Women’s Giving Collective and the Investment Committee. Professionally, Lindsay has two decades of experience in investment banking and is the Managing Director and Head of Strategic Initiative and ESG, leading the Sustainable Finance Group with her team at RBC Capital Markets. She has been recognized by Women in Capital Markets as a Champion for Change and for Excellence in Innovation and is active in the industry in advancing important initiatives related to diversity and inclusion. Lindsay is an active volunteer within the local community.
Binu Dhas is a member of The Foundation’s Community Legacy Building Committee. Binu is an experienced finance leader who specializes in service transformation and team building in his role as Vice President of Operations of Hoskin Scientific. He is a strategic international leader who achieves tangible results by building high performance teams and fosters collaborative and safe working environments. Binu is an active volunteer and has served as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Finance Committee with the YMCA of Oakville, as well as on the Fundraising Committee with Springboard Services Canada.
“Being on the Board of the Oakville Community Foundation provides me with an opportunity to get involved in the community in support of key social issues and to learn and grow as an individual and on a professional level.”
Kevin Tremblay is a Fundholder with The Foundation and a member of The Foundation’s Audit as well as Finance and Risk Committees. Kevin has more than two decades of experience as a strategic consultant and is qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator and has his Corporate Finance qualification. He uses his professional experience to navigate challenges associated with succession planning to help clients realize their personal and corporate goals.