A LITTLE ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

Volunteer BC is proud of being a strong voice on important issues that affect volunteerism.

VISION

Volunteer BC is the voice for supporting & connecting the voluntary sector to achieve excellence in volunteerism for the benefit of all British Columbians.

MISSION

To be strong and relevant provincial voice in promoting the development and value of volunteerism in BC by working cooperatively with the general public, volunteer centres, voluntary organizations, governments, business, and volunteer-involved organizations.

Volunteer BC Works with various partners and serve all members of the public who want to volunteer and be engaged in their community through meaningful and productive volunteer opportunities.

We work together to reduce duplication, increase efficiency and more effectively deliver services throughout all of BC.

Find out more about Volunteer BC programs & activities.

History – A Movement of Volunteers


1970's

As communities grew and became more complex, citizens wanted to find out where their donations of time were needed, and organizations needed ways to let people know where they could volunteer. Volunteer Centres emerged as a solution to both problems.

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1975

Engaging volunteers in the work of organizations was also getting more complicated. The profession of volunteer administration was born, and along with it a professional organization for managers of volunteers: the Administrators of Volunteer Resources BC.

1977

As Volunteer Centres were established in more and more communities across Canada, a national organization, Volunteer Canada was founded.

1979

Volunteer BC formed to support volunteerism, volunteer administration and volunteer centres in BC.

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1980's-2000's

Communities established centres across the province. Volunteer BC links the network of over 35 Volunteer Centres in British Columbia, and is the key conduit between community volunteers and the national voice for volunteerism.

NOW

Volunteerism is a core component of a healthy British Columbia. 1.5 million BC volunteers contribute 114 million hours a year to better communities all across the province. That’s equivalent to 60,000 full-time jobs.

Meet Our People


Stacy Ashton

Vice-President

Provincial Program Coordinator, Volunteer Resources Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Provincial Program Coordinator, Volunteer Resources – Alzheimer Society of B.C. Stacy serves on the Board of New West.TV, and has volunteered with many great organizations, including the Royal City Humane Society and the Vancouver Crisis Line. Stacy has a Masters in Counseling from Simon Fraser University, and a background doing clinical work in the suicide prevention field. She recently completed her Certificate in Non-Profit Management through BCIT, and is proud to be a member of AVRBC and CAVR.

Shawn Bellamy

Director

Aboriginal Child Welfare Director

Shawn is employed in Aboriginal Child Welfare with the Prince George Aboriginal and Family Commission and has worked extensively in the non-profit field for over 20 years. She is active in her community as Board Member of the BC Association of Charitable Gaming, President of Northern Interior Communities Association and founding President of Peyak Li Moond Metis Society, a non-profit whose mandate is the promotion and education of Metis culture/heritage. .

Tracey Davidson

Director

Executive Director and Community Engagement Coordinator at Volunteer Terrace

Tracey is also Chair and Facilitator for Terrace Restorative Justice Society, on the board for Terrace Downtown Improvement Association and Terrace Little Theatre. Before moving to Terrace, she lived in North Vancouver where she volunteered for the North Shore Community Resource Society, North Shore Spirit of BC (2010 Legacies Now), and the North Shore Multicultural Society. Tracey is excited to be on Volunteer BC’s board and hopes to help to contribute to the organization that supports so many throughout BC.

Naomi Fleschhut

Director

Director, Community in Action

Manager of the Sunshine Coast Volunteer Centre (SCCSS), and Director of Community in Action programs of the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society.  With a background in the life sciences and 20 years’ experience working and volunteering in the non-profit sector in the areas of community development, permaculture and environmental conservation, Naomi is passionate about contributing to a sustainable, resilient local and global community. .

Sarah Foot

Director

Manager at Volunteer Prince George

As a long-time resident of northern BC, she knows first-hand that volunteers are the roots of strong communities.  She is excited about empowering people to act on their passions and to experience the many social, health, and career benefits of volunteering by connecting them with over 125 community “not-for-profit” organizations in Prince George.

Lorelynn Hart

Program Director

Program Director at Volunteer BC

Master of logistics, grant writing, fund development, board wrangling, marketing & communications, event planning, membership, supervising staff/contractors, liaising with partners and more!

Louise Howes

Director

Executive Director at Volunteer Campbell River

Louise joined Volunteer Campbell River (VCR) in 2007 as the Volunteer Centre Coordinator and became the Executive Director in 2011. She holds a Certificate in Non-profit Management from North Island College and has attended various sessions related to Board Development, Non-profit and Volunteer Management. Currently Louise sits on the Board of the CR Beacon Club and is on the family selection committee for the Habitat for Humanity build starting in the spring of 2106. Louise loves supporting community and all the wonderful volunteers and people that shape Campbell River and surrounding areas!

Olivia Jay

Program Admin

Program Administrator at Volunteer BC

Program Admin support at Volunteer BC and handler of the critical itty bitty things.

Anne-Marie Koeppen

Secretary

Consultant

Anne-Marie continues to enjoy the benefit of a strong network in the voluntary sector.  As is a lifelong volunteer, she believes you have to be a volunteer to know a volunteer. She volunteers with local community organizations including as co facilitator for Cowichan Networking for non-profits group. Past volunteer experience includes MacEwan University, Volunteer Management Program, Volunteer Alberta, VM Group of Edmonton, the Advisory Council for Volunteer Centers, Leadership Vancouver Island, and Volunteer Cowichan.  Anne-Marie was honoured to receive the Diamond Jubilee and Caring Canadian Awards for volunteerism. She values the opportunity to engage the voice of experience from Board membership with Volunteer BC and looks forward to what the future brings.

Lawrie Portigal

President

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives

Retired Member of the Alberta Bar. Lawrie (Lawrence) is a native of Calgary and attended the University of Alberta where he received Degrees in Science and Law. Lawrie was first employed by the City of Calgary and later was a senior executive in the coal, electricity and natural gas industries. He moved to Richmond in 2002. Lawrie is active in the volunteer sector and is a Director and Vice Chair of Richmond Cares Richmond Gives (formerly Volunteer Richmond); a Director of the Touchstone Family Association and a Director and Chair of Volunteer Canada.

Julie Robertson

Director

Policy Analyst BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.

With over 20 years in both episodic and long term volunteering in a variety of settings, Julie has a solid understanding of volunteerism. Volunteer Experiences include leadership, recruitment, special events, and long term program specific volunteerism. Professionally Julie has experience in Human Resources, Office Management, and Project Management.

Andy Telfer

Vice-President & Acting Treasurer

Experienced Non-Profit Professional

Andy has had extensive experience with other province-wide organizations as an employee at BC Hockey, Director with the Recycling Council of BC and Chairperson of the Advisory Committee to Encorp Pacific. In the Lower Mainland in the 1990s, Andy was a founding member of Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST), Our Community Bikes!, and the West End Recycling Coalition. He has worked for charities involved in the arts, environment, social services and sport.
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Want to work with us?

We work with like-minded people and groups to achieve mutual goals. Volunteer BC has partnered with Volunteer Canada, AVRBC, the Social Planning & Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) and Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN).

Want to be our next partner? Have a great program or idea you’d like to share across BC?

Our Partners


We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of BC through the BC Community Gaming Grant.

Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada.

Administrators of Volunteer Resources of British Columbia is the provincial professional association for individuals involved in the management of volunteer resources.

Social Planning and Research Council of BC focuses on social justice issues.

Connecting non-profits with volunteer project managers.

National charitable organization that supports charities and nonprofits so they can support Canadians and communities they serve.

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations.

Management & Executive Recruitment Consulting.

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC – collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern communities.

Voluntary Organizations Consortium of British Columbia is a communications and network of provincial, community benefit organizations that involve volunteers