519 Church Street Community Centre

The 519 Church Street Community Centre is the hub of community life in Toronto's diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with their neighbours and lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together.

The 519 Church Street Community Centre is one of 10 Association of Community Centres (AOCCs), which are volunteer board-run multi-purpose facilities providing a broad range of community, recreation and social service programs to residents in the local community.

The AOCC model is a hybrid between a City agency and an independent not-for-profit community-based organization. The core administration activities are funded by the City and treated like a City agency. The program component is funded through fees, donations, and grants and treated like an independent not-for-profit community-based organization.

Board responsibilities

The responsibilities of the board include the following specific matters:

  • the overall management, operation and maintenance of the Community Centre ensuring compliance with the relevant by-laws, applicable laws and applicable City policies
  • the overall development, funding and management of all Community Centre programs
  • the approval of the annual administrative budget for recommendation to City Council
  • the approval of the annual report for submission to City Council
  • the approval of all programs including fees for the use of the facilities and programs if applicable
  • the development of resources to support activities, programs and services of the Community Centre
  • the hiring and evaluation of the Community Centre's Executive Director
  • the approval of the Community Centre's Annual Financial Statements for audit purposes and receiving the report of the Auditor

Term of office

The term of office is set by the board but cannot exceed four years.


  • City Councillor for Ward 13
  • 11 public members


The majority of board members must be residents in the centre's catchment area.

In addition to the general eligibility requirements set out in the Public Appointments Policy, community members are encouraged to elect board members who possess:

  • an understanding of diverse neighbourhoods and communities within their catchment area
  • reflect the cultural and social diversity of the community
  • have knowledge and understanding of community and public service
  • possess good communication and decision making skills


The board meets at least every month on the last Monday at The 519 at 6:30 p.m. Board members are expected to serve on at least one standing committee and participate in Board training or additional meetings as required throughout the year. Board members are expected to support The 519 through attendance and participation at activities and events hosted by The 519 throughout the year as well.


No remuneration is paid to board members.

How to Apply

  • Please submit an application at The 519 Application FormOpens in new window
  • Apply by August 28, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
  • If you require more information, please email secretariat@the519.org.

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  • Membership

    The current and historical Appointments for this body.