Board Recruitment

Mission: To support women who are, have been or are at risk of being in conflict with the law.

Vision: A society that ensures all women have the dignity and capacity to make informed choices about their lives and avoid conflict with the law.

Values: We are committed to:

  • Agency to be instrumental in our lives and the lives of others
  • Dignity to ensure each person is regarded as worthy, honoured, and esteemed
  • Diversity to respect and celebrate human difference
  • Innovation to create change that makes things better
  • Resilience to recover from and adjust to change and challenge

Elizabeth Fry Toronto has been providing services to women in conflict with the law since 1952. This financially stable organization benefits from diverse funding sources and a dedicated staff that enable it to consistently provide high-quality services, and adapt and expand to meet the needs of its clients and the community.

The board of directors is a policy board comprised of committed and enthusiastic individuals who are knowledgeable in law, risk management, financial management and resource development. We are currently looking for new board members with a high degree of personal commitment to our cause. Successful candidates must be able to serve a three-year term and should have the energy to devote up to 8 hours per month involving:

  • Attending board meetings on the second Wednesday of every month (6pm-8pm) in person
  • Participating on a board committee and/or project work
  • Attending annual events such as the AGM and strategic planning sessions

Currently we are looking for candidates who have the following expertise and skills in one (or more) of the following domains:

  • Prior experience in a senior role on a board of directors
  • Women centered organizations / intersectional feminist theory
  • Non Profit Housing / Real Estate Development
  • Human Resources and / or Organizational Development
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Lived experience within the justice system

Elizabeth Fry Toronto has a Gender-Responsive, Anti-racism, Anti-oppression Policy and encourages community members from diverse backgrounds to apply.

To apply for a position, please send your resume and completed board application form to: with an email subject line “Board Of Directors Recruitment” by April 14, 2017. We thank all candidates for their interest. We reserve the right to reply to and follow-up with only the candidates selected for an interview.

Sometimes the company we keep can have serious, everlasting consequences that alter the course of our life. Charlie found out the hard way that her partner did not have the best of intentions after she was arrested for holding on to his gun. Luckily, Charlie was strong enough to turn her situation around.  Charlie took full advantage of programs available when she was at Grand Valley Institute, and that hard work paid off upon her arrival to the Phyllis Haslam Residence at Elizabeth Fry Toronto. 

Upon her release, Charlie had a job lined up in a field she was passionate about, and has been working hard to save money so she can support herself when she is granted her full parole. Most importantly, Charlie has reconnected with old friends. By surrounding herself with positive influences who are as invested in her success as she is, it reminds Charlie that life always moves forward.