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The Ontario Genealogical Society Seeks Interim Executive Director

October 7 2014
Sarah Newitt, present Executive Director of The Ontario Genealogical Society, has indicated that she plans to take a year’s leave from her position for pregnancy and parental leaves as of December 31, 2014, with a return date of 31 December 2015.

Contract: January 1, 2014-December 31, 2015

The Executive Director serves as chief executive of the Ontario Genealogical Society and, in partnership with the Board, is responsible for the success of the Ontario Genealogical Society. Together, the Board and Executive Director assure the Ontario Genealogical Society’s relevance to the community, the accomplishment of the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Mission, Vision and Objectives, as they pertain to the organization’s annual goals, and the accountability of the Ontario Genealogical Society to its diverse constituents which include 29 geographic Branch organizations and four Special Interest Groups.

The Board delegates responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the Executive Director, and s/he has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the Board. The Executive Director provides information and direction to enable the Board to carry out its governance functions.


  • Direct, supervise, coach and mentor the provincial office staff and volunteers
  • Foster a service centred culture within the provincial office
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with all staff, the Board, members, family history society/heritage society contacts and the general public
  • Actively seek additional funding for the Society, including grant writing
  • Oversee Society projects and committees as directed by the President
  • Manage the Society’s records appropriately


  • Non profit Management Certificate or equivalent
  • Human resources skills an asset
  • Experience in the operation of a non profit, charitable entity
  • Leadership skills that provide motivation and direction to staff and members
  • Ability to prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with fundraising, including grant writing
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite, Office, Sharepoint, and Adobe Acrobat
  • A working knowledge of databases
  • Comfortable supporting a networked office
  • Able to lift boxes up to 13.6 kg [30 lb]
  • Work some evenings and weekends

Location: 40 Orchard View Blvd., Suite 102, Toronto ON

Deadline to Apply: No later than October 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a letter of application and resume to We thank all applicants and will contact the individuals selected for an interview. No phone calls please.

Call for Speakers - Ontario Genealogical Society 2015 Conference

"Tracks through Time"
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
29-31 May 2015
Conference 2015 website

Deadline: 12 September 2014
(Multiple proposals encouraged)
Print version

The Ontario Genealogical Society will host the Society's annual conference on 29-31 May 2015 at Georgian College Campus, Barrie, ON, Canada. The conference theme – “Tracks through Time” – originates from the 130th Anniversary of the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway across Canada. Many family historians have their roots in the immigrant laborers who built this railway across our vast country. Other ancestors were tempted by the transportation routes and migration opportunities allowed by its completion. Still others worked for the railway company itself over the years to follow. As researchers, we track our family history through time in many ways, always attempting to ensure we are tracking the right people from the right line. The variations on “Tracks through Time” are endless.

The subject of presentations should preferably fall within one of the following categories:

  • Impact of the development of the railway in Canada
  • Tracking various cultural and ethnic ancestor groups to and within Canada (e.g., Aboriginal, African American, Chinese, Scandinavian, Quaker, Polish, Jewish, etc.)
  • Tracking ancestors through various record groups (land, company, religious, civil, etc.)
  • Tracking the right people (sorting out same-name research, One-Name Studies, etc.)
  • Technological advancements in tracking our ancestors

Saturday and Sunday lectures will be one hour long, including time for questions. Friday workshops offering a more in-depth exploration should be 2.5-3 hours in length, including time for questions. Consideration will also be given to distance presentations – “streamed in” from a presenter’s location and/or “streamed out” to a distance audience.

Each one-page proposal should include:

  • Presentation Title
  • Abstract – no more than 200 words
  • Presentation Description – one or two sentences for program brochure
  • Full Contact Information - name, postal address, telephone number, e-mail address, and website (if applicable)
  • Brief Biography
  • Target Audience - beginner, intermediate or advanced level family historians; general or specialist audience

If your proposal is accepted, you will be requested to provide a 2- to 4-page summary of your lecture or workshop for our Conference Syllabus. This may include a brief overview, references and web addresses mentioned, sample screen shots, etc. It will be submitted electronically no later than 1 March 2015 as a word processing file or in rich text for ease of formatting our Program Syllabus. Speakers should also bear in mind that PowerPoint presentations must be clearly readable from a minimum distance of 20 metres/65 feet and should employ fonts no smaller than 32 points.

Please include your approximate travel costs, economy class, to Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Remuneration will normally include reimbursement of transportation expenses, free conference registration, free accommodation, meals on the day(s) of your talk(s), free social activities, plus honorarium. Workshop fees may be negotiated.