Chapter Membership

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Benefits of Membership

Membership in the Ottawa chapter entitles family members to:

  • participate in local and national mini-camps
  • participate in Junior Branch (JB) activities
  • apply for international programs
  • apply for a leadership position
  • join the Adult Board or JB Exec
  • receive information by email and web updates
  • receive the chapter handbook as well as relevant program handbooks

The chapter is run by volunteers who make up the Adult Board and the JB Exec, both of which hold monthly meetings. Involvement at both these levels typically lasts from two to five years. The JB publishes news updates, and a chapter newsletter is issued at regular intervals throughout the year by the Adult Board.

CISV Ottawa Membership

Memberships are valid from September 1 – August 31 and are renewed annually. Membership types include:

  • Family: $130
  • Individual (for people 18+): $50
  • Volunteer (for adult leaders and volunteers): $25
  • Trial* (good for three months of local chapter events or one JB mini-camp): $0
  • Affiliate (for members from other CISV Canada chapters): $0

* Program applicants and returning members must have a full membership.

Non-members are welcome to come to a JB activity once without being a member and still be covered by our insurance. This does not apply to mini-camps. Mini-camp participants must be CISV Ottawa members (of any type, including Trial or Affiliate, listed above) in order to be covered by CISV Ottawa’s insurance.

Family Commitment

CISV Ottawa counts on the involvement of parents for successful local, national, and international programs. This includes one or more of the following:

  • become a member of the Adult Board
  • host delegation meetings
  • provide homestays of one or two nights for international delegates
  • submit required paperwork by the deadline
  • understand the goals and philosophy of CISV
  • promote awareness of CISV in the community
  • support fundraising initiatives

Membership Policies

These policies apply to all CISV Ottawa members.

Volunteer Policy

CISV is a volunteer-run organization. The chapter counts on all of its members to help with chapter activities. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and contribute to making this a strong organization. All chapter members are expected to complete and submit the Volunteer Agreement as part of the membership application.

Privacy Policy

The personal information collected is shared only on a need-to-know basis within CISV locally, nationally, or internationally, as well as with partner organizations in order to communicate with members, report on membership issues, provide liability insurance, ensure members’ safety, and run the organization. Personal information shall not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. Personal information must be retained only as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes. Personal information shall be protected by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information.

Risk Management Policy

As an organization working with youth, CISV has the health, safety and well-being of its participants and volunteers as its highest priority. In the interest of our goals of building cross-cultural understanding, we try to provide an environment where participants can be free from worry about basic concerns of health, safety and legal issues. CISV has well-developed risk management procedures to provide active and continuous oversight of all CISV activities so as to reduce risk to our participants and to our organization. Risk is managed by being pro-active. Our risk management policies ensure that CISV complies with all chapter, national and international CISV rules, as well as all local and national laws and rules, in order to reduce the possibility of legal action or negative publicity.

Use of Images, Art or Written Work Policy

I agree that CISV may use and publish photographs, artwork, and written work as well as video and audiotape created as part of participation in the CISV Program. CISV may use these items in the production of educational or promotional materials including web pages. These items may be used and published with a child’s first name (or nickname), age, and nationality. Unless my specific parental consent is obtained, children will not be identified by full name.

Legal Release & Responsibility to Pay for Damage Policy

I understand the nature of CISV activities and I consider the participant to be capable of taking part in them. I agree not to make a claim or file a lawsuit against CISV if the participant is injured while participating in CISV programs, unless there has been gross negligence on the part of CISV. I understand that CISV participants are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with local laws and CISV rules. I also agree to pay for any damage or injury caused by the participant. Although the health and safety of all CISV participants is of great importance to the world-wide network of volunteers that make the CISV program possible, CISV Ottawa cannot guarantee that other CISV chapters can accommodate all health issues that participants may have, such as anaphylactic allergies or wheelchair accessibility.