Making our voices heard
Board Voice is the only pan-provincial community social services organization in BC working at the governance level. We are leading discussions in the community social services sector and collaborating with our members and other organizations to provide innovative approaches to challenges. We are an effective advocate for our members with government and the media.
There are two ways you can be part of Board Voice:
Members: For boards of legally constituted not-for-profit organizations
actively involved in direct provision of social services in British Columbia.
Associate: If your organization does not deliver direct social services but you want to support our work, you can become a ‘Friend of Board Voice’ (non-voting).
Join us! Board Voice has an impressive membership of some 60 non-profit agencies from around the province. View a list of member organizations here.
Board Voice focuses its work in three main areas:
As a collective of board-level volunteers, Board Voice can approach government without fear of agency reprisals and without the perception they are trying to build their agency. There is safety in numbers when tackling difficult issues. With media, Board Voice provide a go-to resource for media outlets looking for Subject Matter Experts to comment on stories of the day. We have been successful in approaches to editorial boards, to gain more balanced representations of the work the community social services sector does, and the need for more attention from government.
Creating opportunities to connect with other board members in similar services or geographic areas strengthens all the organizations involved. New solutions to capacity issues, new opportunities to provide service to the community and new ways to approach contracts are all possible. Our annual conference in November provides an excellent opportunity for connecting, learning and sharing about the critical issues facing the social service sector and gives ‘voice’ to your concerns.
Education and Skill Sharing
Effective governance can be challenging. It is often a new experience for volunteers or even professional from the sector. Board Voice allows organizations to share both internal and external experts on governance issues and best practices. We arrange workshops and bring in recognized experts to offer education and facilitate skills sharing.