Help Improve Public Health in BC: Join Our Board of Directors!

Help Improve Public Health in BC: Join Our Board of Directors!

The BCCDC Foundation for Public Health (BCCDC Foundation) has been in a growth phase for the last several years, and we have seen incredible success. We are currently poised to undertake broader public health work that will help BC advance the health of our communities.

It is becoming increasingly clear that we need strong public health programs, research, services, leadership, and advocacy for community health and societal wellbeing, and even more clear that public health investment is a prerequisite for positive health.

A significant focus over the next few years will be to attract the necessary public health investment required for building and sustaining healthy and resilient communities.

The Board’s Role

The Board is responsible for providing financial, legal, and risk oversight and working with the Executive Director on strategic direction, priority-setting, and high-level vision for the organization. Currently the Board is made up of nine directors, with three Officer roles: Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Director terms consist of three years, renewable once. In addition to the AGM, the Board of Directors meets four times a year, with ad hoc meetings as needed. Meetings are held in Vancouver or by Zoom, Monday-Fridays. It is expected that those interested will devote the time to being an engaged Director.

Board Director Opportunity

We are seeking Directors with the following skills and interests:

  1. A commitment to supporting programs and projects that benefit the health of British Columbians, with a strong focus on equity.
  2. Demonstrated experience as a Board Director or in a relevant position with a registered charity or related experience.
  3. Knowledge of non-profit legislation and practices and compliance requirements.
  4. Understanding of Board governance.
  5. Experience leading or working on committees.
  6. Experience in one or more of the following areas: fund development; communications and marketing; legal.
  7. Strong community connections and a willingness to connect our organization to those who may help support it.
  8. A passion for engaging people and improving our health system and the health of our communities.

The Director duties are to provide:

  1. Governance and oversight for the organization, including:
    • Financial oversight, approval of the annual operating budget, and approval of the audited financial statements.
    • Policy oversight for board-governed policies.
  2. Direction- and priority-setting for the development of the strategic plan.
  3. Leadership for the Executive Director as they implement the strategic plan.
  4. Monitoring of the organization’s progress towards achieving established goals.
  5. Oversight and evaluation of the Executive Director.
  6. Willingness to act as an ambassador and promote the organization mission, vision, and brand through networking and connections.

The Organization

The BCCDC Foundation for Public Health (BCCDC Foundation) works closely with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and other public health stakeholders, to improve population and public health outcomes in BC.

Established to protect and promote health, prevent harm, and prepare for threats by inspiring vision and philanthropy, the BCCDC Foundation envisions people living in healthy communities protected from infectious disease and environmental health hazards through innovative research and collaborative public health solutions.

As the philanthropic partner of the BCCDC, the BCCDC Foundation operates as a tax-exempt registered charity with its own Board and administration; as such, it is an arm’s length organization in place to work in partnership with the BCCDC and to support public health broadly.

The BCCDC Foundation is modelled such that we can support public health in unique ways through fundraising, grants and awards, communications, knowledge translation, as well as public education and awareness.

By convening, collaborating, and leveraging relationships with our partners to drive innovation that advances population and public health for British Columbians, we provide a value-add for the public health system in BC.

How to Apply

We believe in equity, diversity, and inclusion and that our Board should reflect the diversity of British Columbia and the communities we serve. We encourage applications from persons of all sexual orientations and genders, Indigenous persons, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and others with the skills, knowledge, and passion to bring to our work.

Interested individuals are invited to submit a letter of application and CV to Lisa Young at Lisa.Young1@bccdc.ca.


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