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.

Oscar Cruz

Director

Manager of Supported Volunteering, Volunteer Burnaby

 Oscar Cruz is a Manager of Supported Volunteering with Volunteer Burnaby since 2001, providing services for people with intellectual disabilities to find meaningful volunteer opportunities that will enrich their lives. Currently also coordinating the creation of learning opportunities for professionals of volunteer resources administration. Also a math, science and Special Education teacher with extensive faith and community leadership experience.

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.

Rob Gloor

Director

Executive Director of the Kay Meek Centre

Rob Gloor is a 25 year veteran of arts management. With degrees in both Music and Business, Rob’s early career experience included senior roles in the fields of orchestral music, choral music, opera, and performing arts centres in Ontario, Alberta and BC.  After moving to Vancouver in 2009, Gloor established an arts management consulting practice working across arts disciplines, and from 2012 to 2016 he led the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture, a province-wide arts advocacy association. Rob is currently Executive Director of the Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts in West Vancouver and makes his home on nearby Bowen Island.  He serves on the boards of Volunteer BC, the BC Association for Charitable Gaming, Artspoints Charitable Foundation, and Bowen Island Arts Council. 

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 Assistant

Program Assistant 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.

Debbie Smith

Treasurer and Director

President Volunteer Kamloops Board

Debbie strongly believes that to be a part of a community, volunteering must be a part of one’s life, as it contributes to making change and helps make healthy societies. Volunteering transforms a community into an engaging and inclusive nation of people.

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. .

Andy Telfer

Vice-President

Experienced Non-Profit Professional

In his 8th year on the Board, Andy is Executive Director of the WITS Programs Foundation, a national anti-bullying charity. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for 25 years, helping start 4 nonprofits and 2 social enterprises. Andy has served on municipal & provincial advisory committees, provincial boards, and is currently the BC representative on the National Advisory Committee for Canada’s Volunteer Awards. Andy also consults on fundraising and strategic planning.

Jocelyn Wong

Director

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 our Board?

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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.
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

 

British Columbia Association for Charitable Gaming (BCACG) represents charities and community groups, promoting access to gaming revenues that are licensed and regulated by the Province of British Columbia.

 

Silkstart – Volunteer BC’s membership system provider.