Looking for a cause that matters? Volunteer with the Mental Health Foundation

MHF Board of Trustee Nomination Process

The Mental Health Foundation Board regularly recruits new members to replace retiring trustees. If you’re looking for a rewarding and meaningful volunteer experience you’re encouraged to consider applying.

We seek exceptional candidates with a passion for our cause, a commitment to action and a willingness to lend skills, experience and personal support to ensure we achieve our vision and mission. Board member diversity is important to us. Ideally, the composition of our Board reflects the rich diversity of the people of Alberta. While we seek to attract the competencies we require to succeed, we also strive to be inclusive – providing a level playing field for those interested in contributing.

The Role of the Board

Trustees are actively engaged by the Mental Health Foundation to provide strategic direction and guidance in raising awareness, understanding and funds for impactful mental health and addictions support and services in Alberta. The board includes up to 18 voting trustees as well as ex-officio members from Alberta Health Services. We are the primary fundraiser for Alberta Hospital Edmonton and addiction and mental health services across the province.

Time Commitment

Trustees serve three-year terms, with the option of two renewal terms. Trustees are expected to attend four to five, 2.5-hour-long Board meetings annually and participate on at least one committee. Committees meet quarterly for about 2 hours. While our business office is in Edmonton, meetings can be in person, by phone or by virtual connection. Location should not affect participation.

In addition to meetings, trustees are asked to participate in fund raising events throughout the year. In general, a Trustee can expect to spend between 50 and 100 hours a year on board-related activities.

Giving and Fundraising Expectations

The Mental Health Foundation’s mission is to raise funds, promote the impact and outcomes donations achieve for Albertans, and convey thanks to our donors, sponsors and partners for all they make possible. All Trustees are expected to help raise funds for the Foundation by attending events, engaging their connections, introducing potential new donors to our efforts, helping us thank current donors and personally contributing financially. As our core purpose is fundraising and we ask others to give to the Foundation, Trustees model the way. We have set a goal of 100% philanthropic participation for all Board and staff members with giving amounts variable based on individual circumstances.

Recruitment Process

To apply for a position on our Board of Trustees, please provide the following:

  • A resume or CV
  • A cover letter providing personal insights including:

– your location and the geographic area
– a self-assessment of any personal contributions or circumstances you feel would
support Board diversity
– your connection and commitment to the cause of mental health and addictions
– any other information illustrating the value you have to offer

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to complete a skills checklist to identify the skills, competencies and experience they would bring to the Board.

All candidates expressing interest in the Board are important to the Mental Health Foundation. Based on the profiles of current Trustees and issues of the day, there may be specific skills the Foundation seeks to add. Areas of interest include: Business Acumen; Marketing & Communications; Professional Leadership; Accounting & Finance; and Non-Profit & Governance experience.

A competitive selection process is used to assess Trustee candidate qualifications. The HR & Governance Committee of the Board leads the process, assesses candidates alignment with the recruitment strategy and makes recommendations to the Board.

Candidates may be asked to meet with Board representatives to explore fit and clarify expectations. A shortlist of recommended candidates is presented to the MHF Board for review and approval prior to being forwarded to Alberta Health Services where, with endorsement, they are then advanced to Alberta Health for Ministerial approval.

Candidates will receive regular updates on the status of their application and the timeline for next steps and decisions. An onboarding process will be arranged for all new Trustees at which time committee and volunteer commitments for the coming year will be confirmed.

Unsuccessful Candidates

Those who are unsuccessful in being elected to the Board will be contacted by the Chair of the HR & Governance Committee and invited to remain on the candidate list for consideration for two years.

Individuals interested in Trustee positions are also asked to participate in other volunteer activities throughout the year to demonstrate commitment to our cause and to enhance familiarity with the organization.

Next Steps

If you’re looking for meaningful volunteer work and want to make a difference in the area of mental health and addictions, we want to hear from you. Please contact: Deborah McKinnon, President & CEO, Mental Health Foundation to discuss next steps.