Board Member - Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC
The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC (Crisis Centre) is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to helping people help themselves and others deal with crisis.
The Crisis Centre has been providing emotional support to youth, adults and seniors in distress since 1969. As a safe place to turn when there seems to be no hope, the Crisis Centre is operated by 425+ frontline volunteers and a team of professional staff who support and empower individuals to see their own strengths and options, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We work at the community level to provide education and training aimed at fostering resiliency and building capacity to respond to crisis and suicide.
The Role of Our Board
The Crisis Centre’s board is forward-looking, thoughtful, and committed to building a thriving volunteer-based community. As part of our governance team, you will be leading an organization that:
- engages over 425 volunteers to deliver life-saving programs and services
- runs regional and provincial crisis services that answer over 40,000 calls and chats per year from individuals seeking support through rough times
- provides education and training to support youth to handle stressful situations with grace and resilience and increase the capacity of both regular citizens and helping professionals to respond with compassion and awareness to people experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Our Board ensures our activities are in line with our goals, stewards our financial and in-kind resources, and helps build relationships with government stakeholders at the municipal, provincial, and federal level, as well as potential funders.
Areas for Board Focus
We are especially looking individuals who are:
- interested in growing into board leadership positions
- interested in analyzing challenges and opportunities and developing strategies to guide the organization going forward
- able to enrich the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives that support our mission and vision
Many members of our Board have a personal connection to suicide and mental health. We welcome people with lived experience to apply.
- The Crisis Centre Board meets every two months.
- Meetings are in the evenings, from 5:30 to 8:00pm.
- Board Members also serve on at least one Board Committee, with additional meetings as required.
- Board members serve two-year terms
- New board members start their roles at the Annual General Meeting, scheduled for September.
Meetings are currently held over Zoom.
You can learn more about the Crisis Centre on our website:
Request a Board Application Package
Contact Stacy Ashton, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for a Board Application Package. We will be reviewing applications as they come in, with the goal of making decisions by August 15, 2020.