Conference 2018

 Up to All of Us

 Nov. 16-17, 2018, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond

Join Board Voice for an engaging, enlightening and informative day and a half of workshops, panels, and facilitated conversations that will increase your effectiveness as a board member, provide insights and strategies into the major issues affecting BC’s community social-benefit sector, and offer opportunity to network and share knowledge with your peers.


Keynote speaker Alex Nelson, Indigenous leader, residential school survivor, founder of Canada’s first Indigenous provincial sports body, the Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Society of BC.

Conversations with political leaders

  • Role of the community social-benefit sector in the health of British Columbians – Health Minister Adrian Dix and MP Don Davies, federal NDP Health Critic
  • Poverty reduction in BC – Social Development and Poverty Reduction Minister Shane Simpson with Minister’s Advisory Forum on Poverty Reduction co-chair Dawn Hemingway.

Advocating for Children and Youth. First Call panel featuring:

Responsibility for Social Care: Isolation and Loneliness. Open facilitated conversation featuring:

  • Vickie Cammack, founder and CEO, Tyze Personal Networks, co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
  • Holly Kavanaugh, board member, AiMHi; board member, Board Voice
  • Rod Santiago, executive director, Abbotsford Community Services

Community Partnerships: Serving People in Crisis Situations

  • Moderated by Cheryl Melder, Manager of Victim Services for Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV)
  • Members of the FSGV/Vancouver Police Department’s collaborative Domestic Violence and Criminal Harassment Unit
  • Models for collaborative community response

Working tables

  • Reconciliation in Action. Identifying and cultivating actions in your organization that work toward a goal of reconciliation.
  • Poverty and Care in Our Communities.

Conversation on refugee settlement

  • Chris Friesen, director of settlement services with the Immigrant Services Society of BC, chair of the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance, co-chair of the National Settlement Council; Tima Kurdi, Co-founder of the Kurdi Foundation and author of The Boy on the Beach: My Family’s Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home


  • Boards and Executive Directors: Bringing out the Best in Each Other (panel)
  • Non-profit Life Cycles and Board Roles in Times of Transition, with Alison Brewin, Executive Director of The Vantage Point.
  • Advancing the Case: Next Steps in Social Policy Planning (Board Voice executive director Jody Paterson)
  • Finding Money: Innovations in Fundraising
  • Lessons in Risk Management: Perspectives of Senior Staff, with Steve Atkinson, Director of Finance, Pacific Community Resources Society; and Jessica Denholm, Vice-President of Family Services of Greater Vancouver.
  • Reconciliation: From Theory to Reality. Bringing the principles of reconciliation into practice.

Friday night networking reception and dinner will be followed by musical entertainment provided by  Luna and the Moondogs

Note to Vancouver Island members: Contact Board Voice Executive Director Jody Paterson if you are interested in carpooling to Richmond for the conference. We can explore borrowing a van to make that happen!