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EMCN Board of Directors

The Edmonton Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) is seeking members for its Board of Directors.

Am I the right person to join EMCN’s Board?

Are you passionate about the role of immigrants and newcomers and their contribution to the social and economic fabric of Edmonton? Do you get excited by helping connect people with the services and training and programs that support their success? Do you want to help some of Edmonton’s newest community members thrive in their new hometown? If so, please read our mission and vision, which guide the work of the organization.

What does a Board member do?

A Board member needs to have time to devote to their involvement. As a Board member, you may contribute 4-10 hours a month, depending on the meetings scheduled and the roles you take on. This includes, but is not limited to, attending board meetings (every second month), actively participating on committees, attending special events or EMCN programs, taking part in educational workshops, and attending the annual Board Strategic Retreat in October and the Annual General Meeting in June.

The Board develops and implements policies and strategies that will drive the operations of EMCN. The Board of Directors is the legal authority for EMCN. As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization. Board members also contribute some specialized skills, such as knowledge of finance, fundraising, legal matters, facilities management, and human resources.

What does this look like in practice?

You might join the Governance Committee that oversees the recruitment and make-up of the EMCN Board and ensures the board’s policies and bylaws are up to date and being followed. In this Committee, you can offer your creative ideas about how to attract and recruit diverse board members that fulfill the needs of the agency. You may also be interested in policy writing and implementation, which is another core responsibility of the Governance Committee. Or you might attend a Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) class at our newly renovated 82nd Street location to understand a major piece of programming that EMCN offers and what that means for its long-term planning and financial needs. At board meetings, you might have the position of Secretary and work with management to create inclusive agendas that help the board to stay on track and work together in an equitable manner.

Still interested?

Read on to learn more about the day-to-day work of EMCN and our Board.


The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) is a non-profit charitable organization serving newcomers and all Canadians in Edmonton.

EMCN was founded 40 years ago by members of the Mennonite church to help Vietnamese refugees settle in Edmonton. Today EMCN is one of the largest newcomer-serving agencies in Alberta, providing non-denominational holistic support for up to 17,000 newcomers per year as they embark on their settlement journeys. EMCN provides language classes and childcare for newcomers learning English, employment training and transition supports, settlement services and counselling for families and in-school support for newcomer students, and many community development programs. EMCN is part of the C5 partnership, a collaborative of five social profit agencies working together to serve the community.


To enhance the quality of life for Newcomers and all Canadians.


We see a future where many citizens walk with newcomers to bridge their transition into the community. To achieve this vision, we will serve as a key catalyst and leading collaborator in positively shaping the attitudes, behaviours and practices of organizations and individuals to value the diversity that newcomers bring to the community.


Our goal is to create a society that is based on the dignity of every human being. We do this through our values:

· Social Justice

· Diversity

· Compassion

· Responsibility

Our goal is to create a high functioning and diverse board that is representative and inclusive of the community members we serve.

Individuals with lived experience as newcomers or refugees to Canada are highly encouraged to apply.


As a part of EMCN’s volunteer board, Directors are pivotal in helping steer the organization toward achieving its strategic goals.

Community member Directors are elected for a term of three (3) years with an option to renew for one additional term (maximum of 6 years on the Board).

Directors must hold an individual EMCN membership
Additional Details & Skills Required
Our Board of Directors meets every other month from 6:00-9:00pm. Currently we are conducting our meetings remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Why should you volunteer for this opportunity?
What’s in it for me?

By serving on a board, you meet other like-minded people in the community who are devoted to the support of newcomers to Edmonton. This is an opportunity to grow and engage your existing networks around issues of immigration and newcomer settlement and integration. You also gain skills in policy-making, governance, leadership, and community accountability.
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