Link to Mission
The Wildlife Rescue Association rehabilitates wildlife affected by human activity and provides education to the public on co-existing with urban wildlife. Wildlife Rescue operates a Support Centre to assist the public with wildlife situations, runs a Wildlife Hospital on the south shore of Burnaby Lake. Wildlife Rescue treats animals primarily from across the Lower Mainland, but also takes in wildlife from the rest of BC and further afield.
The role of the Board is to provide leadership and oversight to Wildlife Rescue and its activities; represent the interests of its Members and the broader community; ensure broad organizational accountability and transparency; and facilitate active and meaningful external relationships. Members of the board are passionate about Wildlife Rescue’s mission and are committed to the organizational values of respect, caring for wildlife, creativity, and collaboration.
This is an exciting time for Wildlife Rescue, as it evolves and adapts to an ever-increasing number of injured wildlife brought to the Wildlife Hospital. Over the last three years, Wildlife Rescue has worked hard to re-align organizational strengths to achieve greater mission achievement in support of injured wildlife.
Wildlife Rescue has a long history of successes and has effectively brought on new board members in the past year. The board is now looking to attract additional board members with a philanthropic mindset and who are excited to be a part of the renewed growth and relevance of the organization. As the organization embarks on new and innovative fund development initiatives, board members will have the opportunity to play a collaborative role with senior staff in achieving these critical philanthropic goals.
Governance Roles & Responsibilities
- Commit to the mission, vision, and values of Wildlife Rescue.
- Oversee adherence to all policies and legal requirements.
- Prepare for and participate in Board meetings, Annual General Meetings, and Extraordinary Meetings.
- Serve on one or more task force or committee, attend all meetings, and engage in the work of the committee.
- Support the hiring, monitoring, and evaluation of the Executive Director.
- Participate in strategic planning for the organization.
- Support the organization financially.
- Review and approve operational policies.
- Identify and recruit prospective Board members.
- Participate in the annual Board self-evaluation.
- Be an ambassador for Wildlife Rescue – ensure involvement is known within their own network of friends and contacts.
- Keep informed about community issues relevant to the mission and objectives of Wildlife Rescue.
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Excellent communication skills
- A focus on the future and external
- Knowledge of effective not-for-profit governance practices
- Knowledge of Wildlife Rescue Association of BC
Time Commitment is 5-10 hours per month for a 2 year term. Most meetings are conducted via videoconferencing.