Board Recruitment Info

Are you Interested in learning more about how community organizations work? Do you want to gain skills in financial management, organizational and policy development, labour practices and strategic planning? Are you interested in being a part of the decision-making process that contributes to how OPIRG Guelph functions?

OPIRG Guelph’s Board of Directors is looking for students, activists and community members who are interested in furthering our mandate for the advancement of social and environmental justice.

What does the Board of Directors do?

The Board of Directors works collectively to determine the direction of OPIRG and to ensure that it is meeting its legal and financial obligations as an incorporated non-profit organization. The Board is also involved with planning events and conferences and deciding on the focus of research projects.

As a Board of Directors member, you would receive training on the financial management and governance of a non-profit organization, consensus-based decision-making, and how to facilitate and participate in meetings effectively. The skills that you would learn as a Board member would be a major asset to you in other organizations. Former Board members have become Executive Directors of non-profit organizations all over Canada and in other countries as well. Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller began his career as a Board member for OPIRG!

What are the requirements for becoming a Board member?

To join the Board of Directors, you will need:

  • to be an OPIRG member (Note: If you are a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, and you have not requested a levy refund, then you are an OPIRG member)
  • to make a commitment of 6 hours per week
  • to be committed to learning about and confronting the many forms of oppression
  • be passionate about social and environmental justice
  • to be willing to work cooperatively with staff and other volunteers
  • to have an interest in understanding how non-profits work, including staff/employer relations, policies and finances
  • have a desire to develop new skills

The time to create change is now!

If you have the time to give, passion for the issues, and feel that you can play a role in supporting OPIRG Guelph’s work, we would like to talk to you. For more information on how to join the Board of Directors, please contact Brad (Organizational and Policy Development) at on the nomination process please contact

OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization,. OPIRG is dedicated to creating a work and volunteer environment that respects and supports the diverse experiences and contributions of all our members. and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered people, trans-sexuals, intersexed people, working class people, single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities to apply.