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 a Director of 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 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.
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 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.
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.
KCR Community Resources – Kelowna
Dorothee Birker 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 passionate about the impact that this sector makes and has spent the majority of her career working on initiatives that foster community development. 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. She truly believes that the only way we are going to have effective change is through the inclusion of marginalized voices, a willingness to create systemic change and the mindful presence of diverse lenses that include business, government and nonprofits working together.
Executive Director, Volunteer Terrace
For the past 7 years Tracey has been the Executive Director for Volunteer Terrace. She has been volunteering for most of her life.
Tracey currently sits on the Northern Women’s Recovery House board as Vice Chair, Terrace Riverboat Days as Secretary, and volunteers as a business analyst for 1637 Community Futures and is also a volunteer Restorative Justice facilitator.
Tracey is very happy to rejoin the board of Volunteer BC and represent the northwestern region of BC.
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.
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.
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.
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 nonprofit boards, provincial advisories, as a sport official, in fundraising and board development training. Mary Catherine is currently the Executive Director of Volunteer Campbell River.
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
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