A LITTLE ABOUT US
WHO WE ARE
Volunteer BC is proud of being a strong voice on important issues that affect volunteerism.
Volunteer BC is the voice for supporting & connecting the voluntary sector to achieve excellence in volunteerism for the benefit of all British Columbians.
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.
History – A Movement of Volunteers
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.
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.
Volunteer BC formed to support volunteerism, volunteer administration and volunteer centres in BC.
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.
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
Provincial Program Coordinator, Volunteer Resources Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Aboriginal Child Welfare Director
Executive Director and Community Engagement Coordinator at Volunteer Terrace
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. .
Program Director at Volunteer BC
Executive Director at Volunteer Campbell River
Program Administrator at Volunteer BC
Program Admin support at Volunteer BC and handler of the critical itty bitty things.
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.
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.
Policy Analyst BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.
Vice-President & Acting Treasurer
Experienced Non-Profit Professional
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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?
Administrators of Volunteer Resources of British Columbia is the provincial professional association for individuals involved in the management of volunteer resources.
National charitable organization that supports charities and nonprofits so they can support Canadians and communities they serve.
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