The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program was established in 1982 as a non-profit charity. The Government of Canada generously laid the foundation for our scholarships through endowments of $5 million in 1982, and another $10 million in 2006. As we near our 40th anniversary, we are proud to have funded the post-secondary education of nearly 1,000 students.

Our vision is to be one of the most prestigious scholarships in the country, dedicated to honouring and advancing the humanitarian legacy of Terry Fox – one of Canada’s most recognized heroes – by encouraging Canadian youth to emulate Terry’s courage and determination through volunteer work and humanitarian services.

Board Openings and Qualifications

At present, we are seeking to fill two positions on our voluntary Board of Directors.

Directors of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award are deeply engaged in the Program and committed to preserving Terry’s legacy by recognizing and celebrating young Canadian’s commitment to excellence in academic, amateur sport and fitness, voluntary service and humanitarian contributions. Directors contribute to the strategic direction of the Program, provide governance and financial oversight, and engage with recipients, alumni, applicants, and funders as well as potential funders. Our organization is collaborative, collegial, and respectful in its approach to discussions and decision-making.

Elected for a term of three years, Directors may stand for re-election for maximum term of nine consecutive years.

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award is currently interested in nominations and/or hearing directly from individuals with the following skills and qualifications:

  • Marketing, Communication, Fundraising, OR Legal background (LLB, JD)
  • Government Relations Experience
  • Leadership skills
  • Governance experience in a not-for-profit
  • Financial management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Strong networks and the ability to build connections
  • Experience on not-for-profit Boards

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Preference will be given to former recipients of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.

Time Commitment

Board members are expected to participate in Board meetings every quarter by video and in an Annual General Meeting, which usually rotates between Canadian cities during the last week of May and first week of June, when travel permits. Board members are expected to serve, additionally, on at least one Committee with a time commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per quarter.

Application Process

If you are interested in one of these positions, we would like to hear from you. Please send your cover letter and resume outlining your experiences and how you have impacted other organizations in your role as a committee or board member to the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program on or before April 7th.

Interviews will occur in the month of April. Successful candidates will be expected to start serving on the Board of Directors at the 2021 Annual General Meeting on June 2, 2021, which will be held by video-conference.