Gutsy Walk Chair - Fredericton, NB

Gutsy Walk is Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s signature national fundraising event, celebrated on the first Sunday of June each year. Thousands of people across Canada come together on one day to raise money to advance medical research and improve the lives of Canadians who are affected by these diseases.

This role involves in-person interactions. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada encourages volunteers and community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by their local or provincial Public Health authorities. We take the health, safety and well-being of our volunteers seriously, especially in light of the fact that people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis may have compromised immune systems, which is why we continue to follow the guidance of local Public Health authorities.

  • Adhere to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada policies and procedures, including the Volunteer Code of Conduct
  • Provide team leadership and support the Gutsy Walk committee’s efforts for event participation and fundraising growth
  • Communicate regularly with staff partner to identify challenges, successes, and walk growth opportunities
  • Support staff partner to manage event budget, track and maintain expenses
  • Collaborate with staff partner to set agendas for walk committee meetings
  • Oversee and lead regular Committee meetings as well as post-event wrap up
  • Establish key timelines, monitoring deliverables to ensure all milestones are in place and on time
  • Network with other Gutsy Walk Chairs across Canada to celebrate successes and exchange ideas
  • Participate in webinar trainings offered nationally to be familiar with processes and tools available to you
  • Act as a role model by supporting fundraising, directly or indirectly (sharing new ideas and leads, doing your own fundraising, promoting the event amongst your network)
  • Attend the Gutsy Walk and oversee event success as a volunteer leader
Time Commitment:
  • Approximately 8-12 hours a month including monthly committee meetings, with additional meetings leading up to event day and a post-event wrap-up meeting.
  • Some evening and weekend activity is required to support committee members with their roles
  • Some daytime availability is ideal for making phone calls and responding to emails
What you bring:
  • Experience with leading a team, fundraising, event planning
  • Strong communication skills (verbal/written).
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to organization and collaboration
  • Open and adaptable leadership style
  • Outgoing, friendly manner with a focus on relationship building and follow through
  • Willingness to learn more about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Proficiency with email, web browsers, and video calling applications (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams)
  • Willingness to communicate with Gutsy Walk stakeholders by email, phone, and video call
What we offer:
  • A community of support, a dedicated staff partner, team of peers and role-specific training
  • An opportunity to use and grow professional skills, expand your network
  • A hands-on chance to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in your community
Apply here!
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada commits to supporting you in your role and to providing an engaging volunteer experience. Your feedback is appreciated -

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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