Volunteer Posting 426

Board Members
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
up to 2 hours per week
closing today (Fri, 30 Jul)

45 years ago, a number of visionary and committed immigrant women identified a need for programs that would support the settlement needs of isolated immigrant mothers and women. Today, PIRS remains one of the only organizations across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland dedicated to addressing the unique needs and challenges of immigrant and refugee

women and their children. Grounded in strong community partnerships, and using a decentralized approach, we deliver critical programming and services where the need is the greatest. Our programs have empowered thousands of newcomer women to gain the knowledge, skills, confidence, and friendships needed to feel at home in our community and to open doors to greater participation in Canadian society.

The PIRS leadership team has worked diligently throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to continue empowering newcomer women while maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our staff and participants. In these uncertain times, we are grateful that PIRS is more than just a place of work; we are a community of powerful, caring, and creative women! Together, we will develop solutions needed to ensure that PIRS will not only navigate these unprecedented times but that we will flourish to provide yet another 45 years of exceptional service.

We are seeking individuals with a passion for our cause, and who can offer support during COVID-19 and beyond. As a Board member, you will contribute to the governance of the organization, providing leadership, oversight, planning, ideas, and networks so that we continue to grow, engage our stakeholders and continually improve our brand and reputation within the communities we serve. In return, you will be a member of an enthusiastic team: a strongly committed board and skilled, engaged employees. The following are some specific skills that we are looking for during this unprecedented time:

  • Financial expertise
  • Human resources
  • Health and human services
  • Event planning
  • Governance, particularly governance during crisis
  • Resource and fund development to strengthen the fundraising efforts of the organization through relationships and innovative ideas
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Lived experience as an immigrant, newcomer or refugee

The following are some of the qualities we’re looking for in a board member:

  • You have an inquisitive mind and a love of learning.
  • You think critically and are comfortable working at a strategic level.
  • You bring experience with and enjoy collaboration and being part of a team.
  • You have strong written and verbal communication skills, are comfortable networking
  • and building relationships.
  • You bring lived experience of migration and/or structural inequity.
  • You work from a feminist, anti-oppressive perspective, and are committed to diversity,
  • equity, and inclusion.

Time commitment

On average, 10 hours per month. Board members are encouraged to attend hosted events and expected to attend monthly board meetings, planning sessions and meetings of the society.

Time & Day of Volunteer Engagement

Evening; Weekdays

We recognize the importance of a diverse board of directors. We encourage applicants with lived experience of structural inequity to apply, and in particular, those who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ2IA+, and those living with a visible or invisible disability.

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