Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) works to tackle poverty law issues through a combination of community development, organizing, and action facilitated by legal representation, summary legal advice, and community legal education. PCLS is also a teaching clinic for Osgoode Hall Law School and law students are our primary caseworkers, supervised by PCLS staff.
We serve low-income clients in a culturally diverse community on the west side of Toronto, particularly in the areas of housing and homelessness, immigration and migrant rights’ law, workers’ rights issues, and social assistance, violence, and health issues, in conjunction with community development work to address systemic issues of poverty and social exclusion. PCLS is committed to advancing racial, cultural, and social equity in its work with the Parkdale community.
PCLS relies on a strategic, progressive, and community-focused Board to oversee management of the clinic.
We are seeking volunteers to join our Board of Directors for the 2022-2024 term.
Individual Board members are responsible for the following duties:
- Attend monthly Board meetings (via Zoom at the moment).
- Commit to an additional 4 – 6 hours per month to prepare for meetings and participate on working committees
- Keep informed about PCLS’ legal and foundational documents
- Keep generally informed about ongoing activities at PCLS and act with honesty and good faith to support the best interests of PCLS
Be available to serve a minimum of a 2-year term with eligibility for reappointment for successive terms.
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and no later than August 15, 2022.
Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview which will be held at a mutually convenient time in the week of August 15 or August 22.
How to apply:
To apply, please submit a 1-2 page letter or a 3-5 minute recorded audio or video message answering the following questions:
- Who you are and what connects you to the issues that PCLS is working on and your current connection to PCLS (if any)
- Your understanding and commitment to access to justice, racial justice and equity
- Relevant experience and skills you feel that you can contribute to a community legal clinic like PCLS
A resume or CV is not required or expected. You can submit your application by email, mail, in person or fax:
Email: email@example.com with “Board of Directors” in the subject line
In person or mail: Parkdale Community Legal Services, 1229 Queen St W – Lower Level, Toronto ON M6K1L2
For more information about the role and nomination process please contact Tenzin Tekan, Program and Operations Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-531-2411 x 241.
PCLS is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. This includes diversity in languages spoken, culture, race, dis/ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We encourage applications from individuals from diverse, marginalized, and racialized communities and backgrounds. PCLS promotes the principles of anti-oppression and adheres to the tenets of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
PCLS is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process and accommodations are available at every stage of the process, including the submission of an application. If you require accommodations related to any protected ground under the Ontario Human Rights Code to assist in the submission of your application, please contact Tenzin Tekan at email@example.com or 416-531-2411 x241.
We thank all applicants for their interest, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.