A LITTLE ABOUT US
WHO WE ARE
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
1970'sAs 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.
1975Engaging 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.
1979Volunteer BC formed to support volunteerism, volunteer administration and volunteer centres in BC.
1980's-2000'sCommunities 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.
NOWVolunteerism 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.
Manager of Supported Volunteering, Volunteer Burnaby
Executive Director and Community Engagement Coordinator at Volunteer Terrace
Executive Director of the Kay Meek Centre
Program Director at Volunteer BC
Executive Director at Volunteer Campbell River
Program Assistant at Volunteer BC
Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives
Treasurer and Director
President Volunteer Kamloops Board
With close to 40 years of volunteering in human service and the judicial system, along with experience working in labour relations and family social work, Debbie will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to Volunteer BC. After retiring from child protection, both from the Ministry of Children and Family Development and First Nation’s Child and Family Services, Debbie moved back to Kamloops and quickly became involved in her community. In 2015 she joined the Board for Volunteer Kamloops and is now in the role of President. She also works with inmates in the Kamloops Regional Correction Centre, helping them with literacy through allowing them to read storybooks to their children. .
Experienced Non-Profit Professional
General Manager, Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives
Jocelyn Wong (MEd) is the General Manager of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives. She brings over 15 years of experience in the field of volunteer management with interest in community development, facilitation, and program and policy planning. Jocelyn believes in the work social service organizations provide in communities, and in engaging community members in learning about community services and issues. In an environment where it is hard pressed to find funding to support volunteerism it is important to showcase the sector and highlight its value because with it our communities are stronger.
Interested in joining the Volunteer BC Board
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?
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