Women on Boards

Creating Opportunities for Women on Boards

Board Opportunities

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 The Organization 

The Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) is a registered charity that exists to end homelessness in our city. Through Systems Level Leadership and mobilization of collective impact CHF is a catalyst of transformation for Systems and Service Agencies to optimize client success. CHF focuses on four spheres of influence: Research and Data, Community Mobilization, Funder of Outcomes and Impact, and Public and Political Will. CHF addresses gaps and identifies best practices to continually enhance the homeless serving system of care. CHF is committed to moving forward in partnership with the many homeless-serving agencies, the private sector, government partners, the faith community, other foundations and all Calgarians to end homelessness in Calgary. 


Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness officially ended on January 29th, 2018. This Plan was founded on the aspirational goal of ending homelessness in our city in ten years. While Calgary did not achieve its ambitious goal of ending homelessness, over the past decade our community has had many successes. We have housed almost 10,000 people, built almost 600 units of permanent housing with supports, and developed a well coordinated homeless serving system of care that the rest of the world looks to emulate. Our future focus will be on achieving Functional Zero-whereby efforts are concentrated on reaching a point where there are enough services, housing and emergency shelter beds for everyone who needs them. A Functional Zero end to homelessness means that public systems and the Homeless Serving System of Care (HSSC) have a systematic response in place that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible or is otherwise a rare, brief and non-recurring experience. 


CHF is currently seeking new Board members as well as Board Committee members. 


Board of Directors 

CHF is guided by a volunteer Governance Board dedicated to providing focus on a framework by which public systems, homeless-serving agencies, the public, corporate Calgary, and partners, can best utilize the shared knowledge gained over the last ten years to adjust and align our individual agencies’ strategic and tactical plans, governance models, initiative and programs to function better within the Homeless Serving System of Care in order to best meet the needs of vulnerable Calgarians who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The Board is made up of 18 individuals including representation from the City of Calgary and Calgary Police Services and Alberta Health Services. 


Board Committee Members 

CHF is currently seeking new Committee members. Candidates for Board Committees may be nonBoard members who are interested in volunteering and have special expertise relevant to the  Committee. CHF Board Committees include Governance and Human Resources, Audit and Risk Management, Public Policy and Philanthropy. 


Candidates for all positions will need to demonstrate the following general attributes: 

• Commitment to the Vision, Mission and Values of CHF 

• Possess a personal commitment and passion to meeting the needs of those who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness 

• Collaborative Leadership ability guided by a high degree of personal and professional integrity 

• Strategic Thinking 

• Ability to read and understand financial reports 

• Communication skills – balancing advocacy and inquiry 

• Willing to invest the time in attending meetings, events and doing the work of the Board or Committee 


For this recruitment cycle, the Board is seeking candidates who bring, in addition to the above, a background in human resources, legal, finance and public policy. To explore this leadership opportunity, please submit your resume to CHFBoard@calgaryhomeless.com. If you are interested in a specific Board Committee, please indicate this on your resume. 


Thank you for your interest in the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.