Meet The Team2020-2021
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 Past-Chair, Volunteer Canada.
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 volunteers with local community organizations including as co facilitator for Cowichan Networking for nonprofits 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
Secretary & 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 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 also currently the Coordinator of Volunteers at the Chilliwack Museum and Archives to the Chilliwack Museum.
Board Of Directors
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.
Community School Coordinator, James Bay Community Centre
Tracey Gibson is currently the Community School Coordinator at the James Bay Community Centre and worked for the last two years at Volunteer Victoria as the Manager of Learning and Training. She has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Before joining the staff team at Volunteer Victoria, Tracey had been a part of their board and ended her 6 year term as past president.
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.
Society of Friends of the Early Music Studio
Caroline Miller 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 in the region. She is President of the Society of Friends of the Early Music Studio in Kelowna, an organization she has been with since 2003. As Chair of the BCACG in 2019, she now sits on the Board of Volunteer BC.
General Manager, Volunteer Prince George
Wendy Pollard is the General Manager for Volunteer Prince George, providing support towards the development of the volunteer community in Northern BC. With over 25 years in the event management industry, Wendy’s most recent accomplishments include Manager of Athlete Services for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, Bid Coordinator for the PG 2015 Canada Winter Bid Committee, Operations Manager for the Road to the Roar Olympic Curling Pre-trials and the Prince George BC Seniors Games. Wendy is also very active in the volunteer sector as the Logistics Lead with the Relay for Life-Prince George, the only 24-hour relay in Canada.
Mary Catherine Williams
Executive Director, Volunteer Campbell River
Mary Catherine Williams has over thirty years of experience working with children, families, and communities to promote well-being, safety and success. Her career spans working in child care centres in the Downtown Eastside, instructing ECE programs, operating child care facilities, owning a small business, supporting families raising children with a variety of developmental disabilities and challenges, and providing training to families and community professionals. During the past 18 years she has collaborated in community development initiatives in Campbell River with a focus on mental health and addictions prevention and supports, Reconciliation and community resilience. Volunteering has been a cornerstone for Mary Catherine throughout her life. She brings a range of experiences spanning social services, sports, education and government with roles on non-profit boards, provincial advisories, as a sport official, in fundraising and board development training. Mary Catherine is currently the Executive Director of Volunteer Campbell River which also supports the Comox Valley Volunteer Connector.
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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