BC People First Advisor

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COVID-19 Support: 
No
Virtual work: 
Yes
Position description: 

BC People First (BCPF) Volunteer Advisors are people an individual can trust and feel comfortable with. Advisors are appointed by the volunteer Board of Directors of BC People First support a Board Member or project in a specific region of the province. 

Advisors assist Board Members to receive information in a form that allows them to understand what is happening at meetings, events, and in the operations of BCPF. They help Board Members understand the issues affecting people and help us educate others in the province about these issues.

The goal is for Board Members to be able to make decisions by themselves - the Advisor is encouraged to share their opinions and knowledge for the purpose of enabling Board Members to understand the consequences of decisions, good or bad. They lend an ear for Board Members to discuss and clarify their assigned tasks after meetings and advocacy events. 

Advisors may support advocacy projects and programs across the province of BC, depending on their involvement and interests. 

Locations needed across BC: Dawson Creek, Kelowna, Trail.

BC People First Society is a non-profit provincial organization that is part of a national movement. We work to make sure that people with developmental and intellectual disabilities are respected and included in communities as full citizens. We do this by supporting each other to speak up for ourselves and others. We are run BY self-advocates FOR self-advocates. Our vision is a diverse community where all people are: included and involved; honoured and respected; seen for their abilities, and supported to participate. 

BCPF has been the provincial voice of those who have been labelled with a developmental disability since 1981. People First was formed because some of the people in our communities felt that they were not considered as people first. They felt that they were talked about, talked to, thought about, and treated according to the disabilities that others labelled them with. BC People First continues to advocate “Nothing about US, Without US” through workshops, presentations, letter-writing campaigns, public speaking, community engagement, and the empowerment of Self-Advocates across the province. We are a strong, independent society that is run BY people who have been labelled FOR people who have been labelled.

Deliverables/Duties: 

Advisors will attend the monthly board meeting via conference call (2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00pm) and a few events throughout the year in their area. 

Advisors assist Board Members to receive information in a form that allows them to understand what is happening at meetings, events, and in the operations of BCPF. They help Board Members understand the issues affecting people and help us educate others in the province about these issues.

The goal is for Board Members to be able to make decisions by themselves - the Advisor is encouraged to share their opinions and knowledge for the purpose of enabling Board Members to understand the consequences of decisions, good or bad. They lend an ear for Board Members to discuss and clarify their assigned tasks after meetings and advocacy events. 

Qualifications: 
  • Knowledge and experience with Board of Directors process and responsibilities of non-profit/charitable organizations.
  • Knowledgeable and sensitive to the issues of people labelled with an intellectual or developmental disability
  • Understanding of the importance of plain language and accessible communications
  • Experience in community development and public education or advocacy work

Time Involved: 5-10 hours per month, approximately 3 days per month 

Locations needed across BC: Dawson Creek, Kelowna, Trail

 

To apply or ask any questions please email Roxci Bevis at bcpfcoordinator@gmail.com or call 604-245-1012.

Role is suitable for: 
Student
Adult
Senior
Additional Information: 

Visit our website at www.bcpeoplefirst.com for more information.

How to apply: 
Please email bcpfcoordinator@gmail.com with your interest and experience or for more information.
Contact person: 
Roxci Bevis
Contact e-mail: 
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Disability Services
Education & Research
Law, Advocacy & Politics
Mission:
Position type:
Number of volunteers required:
3
Position start/end date:
10 Jan 2021
Time Committment:
8 Hours Per Month
Time of day:
Daytime, Evening, Weekdays, Weekend, Virtual
Work location:
across BC
New Westminster, BC
Last Updated: December 22, 2020
Posting will Automatically Expire: March 22, 2021