Organizing Committee Positions for Defeat Depression Annual Fundraising Walk

(Mood Disorders Society of Canada)

Position ID: V-CWD0394 Last Modified: 17 Nov 2020 Last Full Update: 17 Nov 2020
Opportunity Details
ContactKen Porter, National Program Manager, Mood Disorders Society of Canada; Phone: 647-629-3720; Email:
DutiesDefeat Depression Campaign is Seeking Organizing Committee Members  
2020 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Canadians. The organizations we support need your help now more than ever. The 2021 Defeat Depression Walks/Runs will take place the last weekend in May! We are currently looking for dedicated community-minded individuals to join an organizing committee and help organize a Defeat Depression event in your community. Take an active role in helping local mental health programs and join the team!  
The Defeat Depression campaign is a national fundraising campaign designed to allow individuals and organizations to raise funds in support of their local mental health programs and services. The campaign has grown into a national movement bringing much-needed funds, awareness of mental health issues while fighting mental health stigma one event at a time.  
Planning and organizing the Walk/Runs takes time, passion and creative thinking. With support from volunteers and Mood Disorders Society of Canada’s staff, you will be a part of something truly extraordinary in your community. Although this is a national campaign, local success depends on volunteers like you. With your community insight, you will raise awareness, encourage participation, and drive fundraising results.  
Available Positions: 
Event Chair/Co-Chairs oversees all elements of the event from start to finish, liaises with Mood Disorders Society of Canada, attends host conference calls during the planning process, and explores new ideas and suggestions on how to make the event successful, responsible for financial tracking of the event 
Volunteer Coordinator recruit volunteers to help on the day of the event and/or with tasks throughout the planning process, assigns responsibilities as needed, and builds relationships within the community 
Local Sponsorship Coordinator – you will recruit build local connections, new sponsors, and strengthen relationships with existing sponsors to offset some event expenses and contribute to the local fundraising revenue. Working with your committee and Defeat Depression Staff, you are responsible for acquiring local cash, and in-kind sponsorships, ensure that sponsor obligations are fulfilled, and each sponsor feels the true value of a partnership with the Defeat Depression Campaign. 
Communications/Marketing Coordinator oversees promotion of the event, brainstorms how to attract participants and sponsors, engages local media and hosts media on the day of the event, etc. 
Social Media Coordinator oversees the event Facebook page, handles posts and responds to inquiries on social media, engages local stakeholders, helps promote the event through social media, shares pictures post event, directs people to engage with YouTube and Flickr 
Logistics Coordinator books the location for the event, plans the walk or run course, obtains all required permits/approvals, plans for tents/water/parking/supplies on the day of event
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BenefitsYou will gain skills and experience: 
• Contributing to the organization’s mission of creating a world where Canadians with depression and other mental illnesses feel  
free to seek treatment without stigma 
• Working collaboratively with like minded volunteers in the community 
• Building relationships in your community
Ages16 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDYes
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Youth (12-18) ; Highschool students ; Post-secondary students ; Men ; Women ; Individuals ; Community Groups ; Workplaces / Corporate Groups
Areas of InterestCommittees ; Community Outreach ; Event Coordination & Support ; Fundraising / Canvassing ; Group / Family Volunteering ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Mentorship / Leadership ; Social Interaction ; Social Media ; Volunteer Coordination
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Creativity ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; General Computer Skills ; Leadership ; Planning & Organizing ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Team Work ; The ideal committee member has: 
• Strong organizational and time management skills 
• The ability to work independently and as a member of a team 
• Exceptional communication skills 
• Access to a computer with Internet, and willingness to use new software programs 
• Passion for Mental Health
Commitment LengthEvents will be taking place in May 2021 and event planning will begin in January 2021, earlier if possible.
Interaction LevelSmall Group
Dates and TimesTime commitment: 
• Monthly committee meetings from January to April and biweekly 12 weeks before the event 
• Weekly tasks averaging 2-5 hours per week depending your role and the time of year 
• Attendance and leadership role at pre-events / opportunities 
• In person availability on the day of the Walk/Run
SeasonsSpring ; Winter
LocationCollingwood - Organizing location will be arranged by committee members
Number of PositionsCollingwood: 3 individual(s) ; Simcoe County: 3 individual(s) 
6 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training on-going
Agency Details
Organization NameMood Disorders Society of Canada