8th Annual Conference Updates

The Board Voice conference committee is pleased to announce that Health Minister Adrian Dix will be speaking at our upcoming conference. We are very excited that Minister Dix has made time to speak to our group of board governors.

We are also pleased to announce that former Board Voice Chair, Michael Davis (Principal, PublicAffair), will lead a dynamic panel of social policy experts as they look to the future of social policy in BC.  Our panelists are  Andrea Reimer (City Councillor, Vancouver), Michael Prince (Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, University of Victoria), Anita Huberman (CEO, Surrey Board of Trade), and Dawn Hemingway (Chair, Associate Professor School of Social Work at UNBC). We are confident that this will be a very stimulating panel discussion with opportunities for the conference attendees can engage in the conversation.

Our governance-focused workshops are sure to be very valuable for our members. Conference attendees will learn more about new hub models that allow community benefit organizations to pool resources and share spaces. This workshop will look at different models and address some of the governance issues. Our Friend-Raising workshop will focus on how board members can take the message of their organization out into the community. Discussion stimulators  Susan Witter (Director, Board Voice Chair, Greater Vancouver Community Services Society), and Leslie Welin (Vice Chair, Board Voice and President of the Clements’ Centre Board) and facilitator Karin Kirkpatrick (CEO, Family Services of Greater Vancouver) promise a lively discussion. Finally, our third workshop will address the relationship between the Board Chair and agency ED. Join seasoned Board Chair Tim Beachy (Chair, Options Community Services Society and former CEO of the United Community Services Co-op) and Executive Director Christine Mohr (Executive Director of Options Community Services Society) as they explore the dynamics that make this relationship a success.

Board Voice is also pleased to announce that Dawn Hemingway, Board Voice Board Director, has been appointed to co-chair of the province’s Poverty Reduction Advisory Group. Legislation based on the recommendations of the advisory group will be introduced in the spring. The poverty reduction strategy will “include targets and timelines that will be drawn up with the help of a group of more than two dozen advisers from a variety of backgrounds, Simpson said.” This is an exciting initiative that could be incorporated into an overall framework for wellbeing. Hemingway is “confident that we have the collective will to make sure this happens.” There will be consultations in 20 BC communities as well as online. Check out the full article here.

In just 16 days we will be opening our 8th annual conference. Please register as soon as possible to secure your seat.

Checkout the full conference agenda here: When Innovation Meets Action Conference