Board of Director Nominations

Interested in being part of a Board of Directors that is making a difference in the lives of youth in Scarborough?  We’re seeking Board of Director nominations of people who share a passion for youth and are interested in serving ion this capacity for YouthLink.
YouthLink is a professional, innovative mental health agency based in Scarborough providing services that allow youth to thrive individually, and within their families and communities.   We are a registered charity and a United Way Anchor agency.  YouthLink is accredited through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation and Children’s Mental Health Ontario.
The Board of Directors comprises of up to 12 members and is a policy governance board.   The Board is responsible for governing the organization that includes strategic planning, policy, financial oversight, and board self-management.

What you’ll get out of this experience

  • opportunity to assist youth in Scarborough
  • board experience and a chance to network with great people
  • opportunity to participate in matters of finance, governance, fundraising, community engagement, and strategic planning
  • satisfaction that comes from making a difference in peoples lives
  • a chance to give back to your community

Your commitment:

  • Three year term that may be renewed for a further three years, pending renewal and approval by the board
  • The board of directors meets September through June on the last Thursday of each month from approximately 5:30 – 8:30pm
  • Meeting locations are at the Kennedy office
  • Committees of the board typically meet during business hours, once a month either in person or by teleconference, according to their respective work agendas

Board member \responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in all matters of the board relating to good governance including strategic planning, financial oversight, policy setting, self-governance and oversight
  • Attend all board meetings, AGM, and special events
  • Assist in engaging the Scarborough community in YouthLink events
  • Be committed to the work of YouthLink and knowledgeable about our services
  • Be an advocate for the youth and families we serve
  • Participate on a minimum of one board sub-committee
  • Help to promote our special events, attend our signature fundraiser ‘BluesLink’, recommend sponsors, assist with ticket sales
  • Work as a team member by supporting the Board and the Executive Director

Nominations for 2019/2020:
The Board of Directors requires nominees who have many of the following skills:

  • Previous Board Experience in a Not-For-Profit
  • Knowledge of Scarborough or the Scarborough Business Community
  • Understanding of Diversity and Newcomer Issues
  • Specialties in Either:
  • Government Relations
  • Finance
  • Social Services / Mental Health
  • Human Resources
  • Diversity

We encourage nominations from diverse community members.  Please submit nominations including a resume and cover letter to Doug Harris, Chair of the Board Nominations Committee, 636 Kennedy Road, Scarborough, Ontario  M1L 4A8
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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our What’s Up Walk-In services are now being offered online through video-conferencing. We know this is a stressful time for everyone, and we want you to be able to continue to access our counsellors and clinicians in a safe and secure way so we are now offering you online video-conferencing counselling and support.


Our E-Counselling What’s Up Walk-In service will be open Monday – Friday until further notice. If you would be interested in booking one of our daily video-conferencing appointments for a counselling or support session with a clinician, call 416-967-1773 extension 222 and you will be connected to our Intake department. E-Counselling and support is also available for many of our other programs. Intake staff can provide you with more information if you are interested.


Although many of our staff are temporarily working off-site, all of our housing and residential programs continue to operate as usual.