Nova Scotians from all communities and walks of life are needed to serve on agencies, boards and commissions.
Applications are now being accepted from people interested in serving on one of Nova Scotia’s 160 agencies, boards and commissions. All Nova Scotia residents are eligible to apply.
“By serving in these voluntary roles, Nova Scotians can make a real impact in their communities, while gaining valuable experience, developing new skills and meeting new people,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of the Voluntary Sector.
“There are a wide range of opportunities available. I encourage people to learn more and consider applying.”
The province launched its fall recruitment campaign to let people know about the opportunities available. The deadline for some applications is Monday, Nov. 28.
“I’m doing it to help the community. It’s a service, giving back. It’s not an arduous task. We meet four times a year. It is just keeping your eyes and ears open. But it’s important for the community,” said Esther Boyd, member of the Amherst RCMP Advisory Board.
When Dartmouth’s Justin Adams became a member of the board of examiners for the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers, he had little experience in that line of work.
“I think what people don’t understand is sometimes it’s almost better to have no background in the area. I may have an insight as a member of the public that I can offer to my colleagues on the board,” said Mr. Adams.
“Being a member of a board gives interested people the opportunity, especially if they are interested in a certain area, to play an important role, help out and add their thoughts. This helps the boards and self-regulating professions be transparent and have the confidence of the public.”
Applicants are assessed on their skills and qualifications, taking into account the needs of the individual agency, board or commission.
Applications will be considered for both current vacancies and positions that open up in the next two years. Most appointees are reimbursed for expenses, and, in some cases, are nominally remunerated for their services.
To learn more and apply, visit novascotia.ca/abc, or call 902-424-4877 or 1-866-206-6844.
The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy. Applications from aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities, women and members of other employment equity groups are welcomed. Members of these groups are encouraged to self-identify when applying for these positions.