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Leading-Edge Social Benefit Agency Seeking New Director
Are you looking for a rewarding way to engage with your community?
The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society has an opening on its volunteer Board of Directors. As a member of the board, you’ll help guide the Society towards its goal of becoming a recognized leader in building a strong, collaborative and empowered community. Whether you’re looking to give back, build connections, gain new perspectives, or develop leadership skills, serving on the Bridge board promises to be both enlightening and rewarding.
As a registered and accredited non-profit society, the Bridge offers parent education, support and counselling programs for youth and families along with leading-edge addiction treatment and education for men, women and youth.
The Bridge is currently seeking board candidates with strong business acumen though applications are welcome from anyone interested in helping build a stronger community. Previous board experience an asset but a willingness to learn is an even greater asset.
The Society is strongly committed to diversity within its community and being an equal opportunity employer.
Call Celine Thompson, Executive Director, at 250-763-0456 for more information.
Please send resume to attention of Board Nominations Committee, #8-2604 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1X 7Y5, fax 250-763-4910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ben Wasenius, B.A., President
Ben has a deep understanding of the role that community social services have in building strong societies. He credits this to his time living and working in Finland, during his teens and early 20’s. Inspired by the high level of emphasis on social development, it sparked Ben’s passion to be involved in community programming and building great places to live. Ben returned to Canada to complete his Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. After moving back to Kelowna where he was raised, Ben quickly joined the Board of Directors at The Bridge Youth and Family Services Society. Ben currently serves as Board Vice-President, Chairs the Board Development Committee, sits on the Board Succession Planning Task Force and is a member of the Finance Committee. Ben is happy spending his days in the amazing Okanagan and making it a better place to live, one program at a time. Ben has been a Director with The Bridge Youth and Family Services Society since 2006.
Britt Vig, C.A., Vice President, Treasurer
Britt Vig is a Senior Manager at BDO Canada LLP with over fourteen years’ experience providing accounting, advisory, taxation and assurance services to many organizations and has specific training and experience with local NPO organizations, private enterprises, and local government entities and their different financial reporting requirements. Britt leads the high level discussions on accounting issues, as well as leads her team to ensure quality service is provided.
Over the past 10 years, Britt has been active in many not-for-profit organizations. She joined The Bridge Youth & Family Services in 2013 as Treasurer for the organization. She previously sat on both the Kelowna Women in Business board and the JCI Okanagan board.
Meghan Currie, Secretary
Tina Marten, M.A., (PhD Candidate) Director
Tina is very passionate about community and its social profit sector. She has volunteered extensively in the local community since the late 1990s. She has been serving on The Bridge board since 2005, currently as President. Tina also sits as a director on the provincial Board Voice society board.??Her educational path began with a business degree from Sprott-Shaw-College. She then went on to earn a BA with a double major from Okanagan University College, followed by an interdisciplinary MA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She is currently working on her PhD.
Tina's award-winning academic achievements include a Pacific Century Scholarship and a nomination by the University of British Columbia to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She has presented her work at local, national and international conferences, and co-authored several journal articles. ??Tina has lived with her family in the Okanagan since the mid 1980's.
Robert Levin, L.L.B., Director
Robert Levin is a personal injury and commercial litigation lawyer with Robert O. Levin Law Office. Bob is very active in his professional community. He is currently the Yale County representative to the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. branch, where he stays up to date with current legal professional issues, occasionally lobbies local MLA’s, and participates as a volunteer lawyer at the annual Pro Bono Clinic in Kelowna.
Bob believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Bob is a past president and Board member for The Bridge Youth and Family Services Society. Bob has been a Board member of The Bridge since 1984. He is a member and past president of the Okanagan Jewish Community Association, and supervised the construction of the OJCA’s current home building in Kelowna in 1992. He has also served on the Sunshine Theater Board and School District #23 Racism Free Committee.
Bob’s fitness passion is Karate. He is an instructor at the City of Kelowna Parkinson Recreation Centre for youth advanced karate.
Liz Woods, Director
Retired registered nurse and union representative
Corinne Johnson, Director
Patrick Spinks, Director