Volunteer Opportunity: HR Committee Member

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic individual who wants to make a difference in our community to join our HR Committee.

About Us

We are building a community that shares responsibility for social good.

United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin brings people and resources together through our collaborative networks to monitor and identify pressing social issues. Then, with the support of our donors, we invest in existing community programs and mobilize new collective approaches to create lasting positive change in the most effective way possible.

Making real and lasting change requires the contributions, expertise, and commitment of everyone in our community – including our HR Committee. We know that the social issues facing our community are challenging. We also know that the ways that people want to connect to make a difference in their community are changing. Working on our HR committee, you will help us adapt to meet these needs as we elevate our role as a catalyst for change in Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin.

How You Can Make an Impact

Our communities have experienced hardship and isolation through a prolonged pandemic, an unignorable deepening of preexisting needs and inequities, and a groundswell of interest from individuals and organizations who want to directly contribute to make a difference. These are rare circumstances that both necessitate, and make possible, once in a generation change.

By joining our HR committee, you will be part of an organization who is uniquely able to focus and unite people and resources to improve lives and build community by building impact in these five areas:

  • Resilience in children and youth through emotional wellbeing, because we know that helping to prevent and mitigate adverse childhood experiences is both urgent and foundational to lifelong potential;
  • Belonging, inclusion, and connection to supports in community, because we know that isolation, mental health, and informal and formal supports are critical issues coming out of the pandemic;
  • Dedicated investment for equity-seeking and rights-seeking groups, because we know that real, tangible barriers to resources and belonging in our communities persist;
  • Aligned collaborative supports for food, housing, and financial security, because we know individuals and families need comprehensive opportunities to stabilize, recover, and build their futures; and
  • Focused investment and presence in rural communities, responsive to their unique needs.

How You Can Help Us

We are committed to ensuring representation on our HR committee that is consistent with the communities we serve.  Based on the current committee composition in terms of skills, expertise, demographics and lived experience, we welcome a wider range of perspectives to ensure a more diverse set of voices at our table. Although applications are accepted from all interested individuals, we particularly welcome applications from individuals who bring any of the following perspectives to their work:

  • Skills / experience in Human Resources.
  • Individuals between 18 – 40 years of age
  • Black or racialized individuals
  • First Nations, Metis or Inuit peoples
  • Individuals who identify as 2SLGBTQ+
  • People living and/or working in Wellington & Dufferin County

HR Committee Member Position


The Human Resources (HR) Committee assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities regarding the excellence in the management of the organization’s employees and volunteers. The HR Committee ensures that the work of the committee progresses the organization’s values.

Committee members are responsible for: 

  1. Providing oversight to the organization’s Human Resources policies and overall compensation design; 
  2. Reviewing succession planning with respect to the ED and the direct reports of the ED; 
  3. Providing feedback and advice to management on Human Resource risks and monitor risk plans to address identified risks; 
  4. Defining the process for the performance review of the Executive Director including seeking engagement from staff and other stakeholders when appropriate; 
  5. Acting in an advisory capacity to the Executive Director in matters related to Human Resources of UWGWD; 
  6. Developing, modifying and monitoring organizational compliance with Human Resource Policies and relevant legislation;  
  7. Conducting employee exit interviews; and 
  8. Other duties as assigned by the Board.  

Time Commitment

HR Committee Meetings are held once every two months. Members are expected to: 

  • Attend bi-monthly committee meetings. Meetings take place on the Second Tuesday of the month at 5 pm. Currently committee meetings are virtual.
  • Attend United Way special events and fundraisers and represent United Way at community events. 
  • Total time commitment of approximately 2-4 hours a month.

How to Apply

Send a copy of your resume (if you have one) to info@unitedwayguelph.com by November 19, 2023. Your application will be reviewed by our Governance Committee, and we will be in touch with next steps.

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