About STAND Canada

STAND Canada is a national youth-led organization that advocates to make preventing and ending genocide a cornerstone of Canadian domestic and foreign policy. Since it was founded in 2005, STAND has become the leading organization in Canada for youth-led anti-genocide activism. Through the commitment and dedication of excellent volunteers and donors, we are dedicated to providing Canadians with the educational and advocacy tools they need to take action against genocide and crimes against humanity.

The Role

Time Commitment: 5 hours per month

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 30, 2020

The Board of Trustees at STAND play a critical role in providing foresight, oversight, and insight to steer STAND Canada towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance, financial management policies, as well as making sure STAND Canada has adequate resources to advance its mission.

As a Board Member, you will work closely with the Executive Director to ensure that STAND’s vision for a world without genocide is advancing. You will also provide oversight to ensure resources (e.g., financial, people, programs) are used only to support the organization’s mission. You will also ensure that STAND obeys applicable laws and regulations and follows our bylaws.

As a trustee, a board member must follow three basic principles:

  • Diligence. Act reasonably and in good faith. Consider the best interest of the organization and its members.
  • Loyalty. Place the interest of the organization first. Don’t use your position to further your personal interests.
  • Obedience. Act within the scope of the law. Follow the rules and regulations that apply to the organization.


  • Board members have the opportunity to serve in the following positions or on the following committees, but not limited to:
    • Board Chair
    • Board Treasurer
    • Advocacy Steering Committee member
    • Finance Committee
    • Operations Committee
    • Fundraising Committee

There is no remuneration for this position. Trustees will only be reimbursed for travel or meeting expenses with prior approval by the Board.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director to ensure that the annual strategic plan is implemented and continues to serve the organization’s mission.
  • Review outcomes and reports regarding STAND’s impact through its programming and efforts.
  • Credibly solicit donations for STAND’s programming and operational activities from foundations, organizations, and individuals.
  • Approve and audit annual budgets, expenses, and bylaws.
  • Ensure STAND is fulfilling its legal and fiduciary responsibilities, including bylaws and with the federal, provincial, and territorial governments of Canada.
  • Contribute to an annual evaluation of the Executive Director.
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting other Board Members.
  • Serve on committees and fulfill assignments related to these committees.
  • Represent STAND to other organizations and potential donors.
  • Ensure STAND’s Managing Committee and Board reflects a diversity of members including but not limited to education, work experience, and culture.
  • Serve at minimum, a 1-year term.

Who we’re looking for

  • Have a strong understanding of the role of youth-led activism in influencing government policies to support human rights.
  • Demonstrated experience and impacts in one of, but not limited to the following areas: advocacy, communications, finance, fundraising, government relations, human resources, policy, and programs and engagement.
  • Positive track record of diplomacy, integrity, honesty, and ensuring organizations are run effectively on minimal budgets.

Why become a Board of Trustee for STAND Canada?

  • STAND is a nationally-recognized youth-led advocacy organization. Our work is often pitched to government officials and our impact spans from the local, community to global reaches.

Application Process

To apply, please submit your resume and a short (no more than 300 words) biography to https://www.standcanada.org/board-apply/ 

In submitting your application, you provide consent to share your biography with the STAND membership. At STAND’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 3, 2020, the applicant will be nominated to the Board and be invited to provide a statement regarding their qualifications. Alternatively, the applicant may have their biography read if they are unable to attend the meeting. Voting for the Board will be open for one week, and the applicant will learn the results of their application by Tuesday, October 12, 2020.