Board of Directors

We're recruiting!

The Bridge Youth & Family Sevrices Society invites applications to servce on its volunteer Board of Directors. The Society is a registered charitable non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth, families and individuals living in the Central Okangan since 1969. The Society offers a range of programs, including addiction services (withdrawal management and residential treatment), family services, youth services and parent education and support. The Bridge is accredited by the Council of Accreditation.

We are seeking Directors with;

  • Governance expertise, including leadership ability and policy development skills
  • Relevant business experience
  • Financial expertise
  • Legal expertise, especially in the areas of contract law and labour standards
  • Knowledge of consumer issues and trends
  • Familiarity with and access to community leaders, political representatives, and other relevant, local organizations
  • Public interests
  • Commitment and ability to fundraise or to connect the organization to possible resources.

Previous board experience an asset.

Call Celine Thompon, Executive Director, at 250-763-0456 for more information.

Please send resume to attention of Board Nominations Committee, 760 Hwy 33W, Kelowna, BC, V1X 1Y4, fax 250-763-4910 or email by October 31, 2016.  

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 VigBritt 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) Past President

Tina Marten

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

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

John Woodfield, Director