Meet The Team

2022-2023

Officers

Lawrie Portigal

President | Consultant

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 of Volunteer Canada.

Anne-Marie Koeppen

Vice-President 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 currently volunteers with local community organizations, co facilitates Cowichan Networking for nonprofits group, Thetis island Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Advisory Council for Volunteer Centers and Leadership Vancouver Island.  Anne-Marie was honored to receive the Diamond Jubilee and Caring Canadian Awards for volunteerism. She considers the people around her to be one of her greatest assets and values the opportunity to engage their voice of experience.  Anne-Marie looks forward to working with Volunteer BC board members, staff, our community partners, and to what the future brings.

Cari Moore

Treasurer | Director of Volunteer Fraser Valley

Cari is the Director of Volunteer Fraser Valley where she enjoys connecting volunteers with different opportunities in the Fraser Valley. She has a passion for volunteer management and the volunteer management cycle and takes great joy in sharing knowledge with local non-profits through training and workshops. She is currently the Coordinator of Volunteers at the Chilliwack Museum and Archives at the Chilliwack Museum. She is also the President of the Soroptimist International Club in Chilliwack.

Oscar Cruz

Secretary | 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.

Board Of Directors

Dorothee Birker

KCR Community Resources – Kelowna

Dorothee is the Communications & Development Coordinator for KCR Community Resources, a multi-service agency that houses the Volunteer Centre for the Central Okanagan. As an immigrant settler, Dorothee is grateful to make her home in the traditional and unceded territory of the syilx Okanagan people.

In her role as Team Lead for the Community Services Department, Dorothee implements and develops a variety of capacity building programs that serve the nonprofit and volunteer sector. Dorothee is a writer who loves sharing stories of the extraordinary people that make the world a better place through their work and volunteerism. Currently Dorothee is very active in delivering KCR’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs and anti-racism marketing campaigns to help create more just and inclusive communities.

Alexander Blum-Walker

Director of Restorative Justice, Volunteer Terrace

Alex comes to the Volunteer BC Board with a wide variety of experience both through his career and volunteerism. Alex currently works for Community Living BC as a Facilitator as well as for Volunteer Terrace as the Director of their Restorative Justice Program. Previously, Alex worked as an Employment and Assistance

Worker for the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, a Case Manager for Work BC, and a Community Housing Program Manager for a local service provider to youth and adults with intellectual disabilities.  In addition to his diverse career so far, Alex has been volunteering extensively with local and surrounding Special Olympic programs.

Rita Innamorati

Executive Director, Volunteer Nanaimo

Rita has been with Volunteer Nanaimo for 15 years, the past 10 working full time, currently as volunteer Executive Director.  Charity work and volunteerism has always been a passion. She instilled volunteerism in her three daughters growing up, always leading by example, but ensuring that they participated and that they understood the importance and relevance of contributing to society in a meaningful way.  Over the years wherever she lived, Rita was proud and thankful to be able to do volunteer work, sit on various boards and committees. 

Diamond Isinger

Director of Advocacy, Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

Diamond is a non-profit leader and advocacy professional with a passion for volunteerism and mobilizing others to support causes they care about. Diamond works as the director of advocacy for Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada – an organization advancing the policy interests of Canadian co-operative businesses and mutuals, so they can thrive across the country. She also serves as provincial commissioner (provincial council/board chair) of the Girl Guides of Canada, leading a team of thousands of girls/youth and adult volunteers across British Columbia.

Renee Lormé-Gulbrandsen

Executive Director, Oak Bay Volunteer Services Society

Renee is a Certified Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Manager with 16 professional years and 25 years of volunteer experience in the sector. Having dedicated her career to providing administrative, operational and programmatic support to nonprofit organizations, Renee is currently the Executive Director of Oak Bay Volunteer Services, a community-based social service charity providing support to seniors and individuals living with physical and/or mental health challenges so they can maintain independence and have a connection to community.

Caroline Miller

BCACG, Chair & Society of Friends of the Early Music Studio

Caroline has been involved with the not-for-profit world for 20 years, as a Director with the Vancouver International Dragon Boat Society & Bard on the Beach; as General Manager of the Okanagan Symphony, and is currently a senior policy analyst at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.  Caroline has sat on municipal peer assessment committees, and written cultural plans for a range of municipalities in British Columbia.  She has assisted the Central Okanagan Charitable Gaming Association since 2007. Based in Kelowna, she works with NFPs throughout the Okanagan & the Kootenays, delivering workshops and working with multiple not-for-profit members. She is President of the Society of Friends of the Early Music Studio in Kelowna. As Chair of the BCACG, she now sits on the Board of Volunteer BC.

Subrina Monteith

Executive Director, South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre

Joining SOSVC in 2021, Subrina brings many skills and connections to the centre with her regional approach to team building.  Subrina has volunteered on many committees throughout the South Okanagan Similkameen and brings a regional connection to the team.  Subrina has been apart of many festivals, events and organizations in the South Okanagan over the years including Peach Festival, Terry Fox Foundation, Air Cadets, Kaleden Community Association etc.

Jocelyn Wong

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.

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Volunteer BC Staff

Lorelynn Hart

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!

Olivia Jay

Marketing & Communications Specialist

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Paul Dufour

Bookkeeper

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