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 firstname.lastname@example.org to show your interest.
Andrew Brown has been a member of the Board for several years and stepped up as Chair in 2018. He has over a decade of experience in the sector as a front line worker, program coordinator, and also a homeshare contractor. Andrew is also a music producer and runs Barely North Entertainment based in the Cowichan Valley.
Bio coming soon.
Hello, I am Valeri Brooks. A little bit about myself and the reason for my interest in VITALS. I am a wife, mother of three beautiful daughters, grandmother of seven and great grandmother of five, soon to be six. Each being as special as can be.
One of my grandchildren has special needs (autism_ when diagnosed we had no idea the journey that was ahead.
As time wasted my grandson and family were struggling for desperately needed support, as now there was a need for 24/7 care and mom was unable to find support that was needed. MCF were unable to provide care in our area and had ran out of options for support.
Thorough word of mouth and fate, the family connected with VITALS and got the much needed support that was required. Thanks to VITALS my grandson is no in an amazing safe environment, with the support needed and this has opened the door for my interest in VITALS around a year or so ago. I attended a meeting of the board and proud to say I am now a member of that board and a society, that services many special persons, that need the care and support that VITALS provides in our community.
Erika Brown has been a Board member since 2018,
and brings with her a wealth of experience in the medical field as both a longtime Nurse and Orthotech at Cowichan District Hospital. Erika is also a homeshare provider.
Originally from Ontario, Kori has resided on the traditional land of the Quw’utsun and Coast Salish peoples for nearly twenty years. She is a partner, mother, sister, auntie, artist, and social worker who was drawn to VITALS by the strong foundation of diversity, inclusion, and community within the organization.
Kori’s experience includes management, program development, group work, advocacy in the non-profit social service sector. More recently she has been practicing social work in acute care and now in community health care. With nearly two decades of working with and advocating alongside people with diversabilities, mental health and substance use, and brain injuries Kori is pleased to be able to share her experiences and give back to the community by sitting on the VITALS board of directors.
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals from all backgrounds and histories. We'd love to hear from you.