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Annual General Meeting! POSTPONED

Annual General Meeting! POSTPONED

The OPIRG Toronto AGM will be rescheduled for later in the summer.

Dear applicants and attendees, 

After much deliberation and consultation with our Chief Returning Officer, OPIRG Toronto’s Board has made the difficult decision to reschedule the 2024 AGM. This is due to extenuating circumstances and in recognition of the urgent ongoing needs of our communities. This decision has not been made lightly and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Our community is currently facing significant barriers to participation in the AGM as they are understandably focused on pressing issues which for many directly impact their friends, family and loved ones. As an organization with a deep commitment to decolonial solidarity and intersectional student mobilization, we feel it is critical to hold our AGM at a time that facilitates the full participation of students, community members, and action groups. 

The new date for the 2024 AGM will be shared with all registrants, nominees, and community members as soon as possible.

In solidarity and Free Palestine, Free Congo and Free Sudan,

OPIRG Toronto Board of Directors

Join OPIRG Toronto’s board of directors!
Applications will open shortly for the 2024 elections for the 2024-2025 Board term

In order to attend the AGM you must be a member in good standing of OPIRG. This means that if you are a UofT student (all Graduates and St George Undergrads and Part-time Undergrads) you have not opted out or if you are a community member, that you have registered and paid a membership fee beforehand. Eligible members must demonstrate a commitment to social and environmental justice, a willingness to learn and equity.

What is the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors are elected by the membership, or they are appointed by a current Board.

The Board does not attend to specific social justice issues, but instead focuses on the long-term well being of the organization.

The Board makes decisions regarding activist training for volunteers, finances and yearly budget, overall planning and programming, the hiring of staff, and the allocation of funds and resources to support action groups, campaigns, and events.

Collectively, the Board operates as the employer of the CUPE 1281 staff, which includes our Programming Coordinator and Finance and Admin Coordinator.

Why join the board?

As a board member you will receive training in:

  • the financial management and governance of a non-profit organization
  • consensus-based decision-making
  • how to facilitate and participate in meetings
  • how to be an employer in a unionized workplace

The skills that you will learn as a Board member will be a major asset to you in other organizations.

What does it take to be on the Board?

  • Be an OPIRG member (full-time UofT students are already members; you can become a member for $3-30)
  • make a commitment of around 4 – 6 hours per week; This includes biweekly meetings of two hours
  • Uphold the OPIRG Toronto mandate, policies, and procedures
  • Be committed to learning about and confronting the many forms of oppression
  • Be passionate about social and environmental justice
  • Be willing to work cooperatively with staff, other Board members, and volunteers
  • Have an interest in understanding how non-profits work, including staff/employer relations, policies and finances
  • Have a desire to develop new skills

How to apply

The process for the nomination is quite simple. We just ask that you submit a short statement on why you would like to join the board and any highlights of your experience (max 200 words), and a brief bio that tells us a little about who you are (max 150 words).

At our next board meeting, which happens biweekly, our board members will read your statement and bio, and if they don’t have any follow-up questions for you they will make a decision to bring you on board!

Everyone welcome!

If you have the time to give, passion for the issues, and feel that you can play a role in supporting OPIRG Toronto’s work, we would like to talk to you. For more information on how to join the Board of Directors, please contact opirg.toronto@gmail.com.

OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites Black, Indigenous and Racialized people, poor and working class people and those on social assistance, women, Intersex people, gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer people; transgender, nonbinary and gender diverse people, Two-Spirit people; single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, people from non-academic backgrounds, disabled, chronically ill or neurodiverse people, people with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or AIDS-related illnesses, people with records of offences except where it relates to bona fide employment qualifications, people involved in or with experiences in sex work to apply.