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 non-profit 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.
Associates: If your organization does not deliver direct social services but you want to support our work, you can become an associate of Board Voice (non-voting). You will receive many of the same benefits as membership, including our monthly newsletters and weekly e-blasts keeping you up to date on advocacy efforts, policy trends, funding and engagement opportunities, and more.
Join us! Board Voice has an impressive membership of almost 70 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 and senior staff of community social service organizations – and as an agency funded exclusively through membership fees – Board Voice can approach government without fear of agency reprisals and without the perception they are concerned only for their agency. There is safety in numbers when tackling difficult issues. With media, Board Voice provides 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 media to gain more balanced representations of the work the community social services sector does and the need for more attention from government. We author opinion pieces on relevant topics that appear in media and are widely shared.
We create opportunities to connect with other board members and senior staff 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 our members’ concerns.
Education and Skill Sharing
Effective governance can be challenging. It is often a new experience for volunteers or even professionals 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.