The Governance Committee is a standing committee reporting to the Board.  Reporting via the Governance Committee Chair, the Committee assists the Board to fulfill its legal, ethical, and functional responsibilities by:

  • Overseeing compliance with governance principles, culture and ethical values, and legal issues.
  • Developing and advising the Board on strategic issues and priorities.
  • Overseeing the risk register and recommending risk mitigation strategies
  • Regularly reviewing the performance of the board as a whole and evaluating the contribution of individual members.
  • Regularly reviewing the performance of board standing, adhoc and operational committees.
  • Facilitating the development and regular review of the Christmas Bureau Bylaw, governance policies and procedures.

What We Can Offer You:

  • Opportunity to give back to your community
  • Experience working on a not-for-profit committee
  • Effective use of your expertise and experience
  • Networking possibilities
  • Opportunity to enhance/grow your knowledge and experience

Candidates who can demonstrate their interest in:

  • Supporting the Christmas Bureau’s mission, values and guiding principles
  • Bringing a diverse knowledge, experience and cultural base
  • Committing time for Volunteer Committee duties and related activities
  • Bringing governance knowledge and expertise to the Committee table

Experience in any of the following areas would be an asset:

  • Not for profit board governance knowledge and expertise including board and committee evaluation
  • Risk management and mitigation knowledge
  • Experience in engagement of stakeholders for the development of strategic plans
  • Policy development expertise
  • Knowledge of not for profit bylaws, Alberta Societies Act, CRA regulations, and understanding of compliance requirements
  • Legal background would be a benefit
  • Not for profit committee experience

Our Mandate:  To provide a festive meal and coordination of Christmas giving to Edmontonians in need.

A volunteer driven charity, non-denominational and accessible to all Edmontonians in need, the Christmas Bureau provides festive meals to Edmontonians in need and teen gift cards to Edmonton teens age 13 to 17.  The Christmas Bureau provides coordination of Christmas services in partnership with various Christmas giving organizations like 630 CHED Santas Anonymous, Junior Chamber International and the Salvation Army to minimize the duplication of services.  Approximately 50% of the clients served are children and teens under the age of 18 years.

Providing a one-stop application process for three Christmas giving programs—festive food program, teen gift card program and toys for children, applicants are screened for eligibility with dignity and respect. This reduces the stress on families by not having to apply to multiple agencies to ensure that all Christmas services are provided.

Interested candidates are required to submit a resume highlighting experience and a cover letter expressing interest.  Your Christmas Bureau Committee Application Package should include:

  1. Cover letter (one page) outlining your interest in serving on the Christmas Bureau Governance Committee
  2. Resume (maximum three pages)
  3. Two references
  4. What committee you are applying for

Click here for the application package

Please submit your application package to:

Susan Sarrasin, Human Resource Committee Chair

Email: [email protected]

For additional information about the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, please contact Darlene Kowalchuk, Executive Director by email at [email protected] or by phone at 780-414-7685.



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