Joining the VITALS Board of Directors is a great way to contribute to your local community. The time you spend volunteering will benefit those who are most vulnerable, who are often unable to advocate for themselves. Being a board member is also great experience for any other aspect of your life, including future employment and leadership training.
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals from all backgrounds and histories. If you decide that joining our board is the right fit for you, there are a few steps required in regard to the application process.
Board members are required to attend a monthly meeting, and can expect to give about four hours of time monthly to this commitment as well as others.
The meetings typically last around two hours, and cover topics such as Program, Financial, and Human Resources reports, updates on status of houses, strategic plans for future direction of the organization, votes and approvals in regard to plans of action, as well as any items that may have been added late to the agenda.
New directors will be given a board handbook and conduct and orientation with the Executive Director and a fellow board member. They will thoroughly familiarize themselves with the policies and procedures that govern the operations of the society & its staff; the collective agreement between the society and the union, and the contracts for operating service between the funding agencies and the society. New Directors will also become familiar with the Societies Act of BC, Schedule B, and the bylaws.
If you would like more information about becoming a VITALS board member, please feel free to send an email to email@example.com to show your interest.
Heather is an undergraduate Political Science and Social Justice Co-op student at the University of Victoria (UVIC) and is looking to work in Child Rights, Child Abuse Prevention and Youth Empowerment.
She’s currently in her last year of study and works and volunteers at a few different places. She currently works at Fairfield Gonzales Community Association in childcare and with the New Student Connect Program and UVIC, mentoring new students. Heather also volunteers at The Sanctuary Youth Centre with homeless and vulnerable youth and is a member of the Undergraduate Political Science Board at UVIC as an elections director.
Heather has a passion for working with vulnerable children and youth. One day, she hopes to work at a non-profit organization like UNICEF or WHO that gives voices to children and allows them to be leaders in their communities. She’s hoping to get her last two Co-op placements working within government and local organizations working with youth, children and women in the community and start working with local non-profit grassroots organizations in the community. She is looking forward to graduating and starting work within the community.