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Show your support for FSI’s values and beliefs. Become a member or a volunteer Resource Parent/Peer (RP) today!

Volunteer

Would you like to support other families faced with similar circumstances to you and your family? Are you looking to mentor others on their journey? Are you interested in finding ways to celebrate diversity with other families? Become a Resource Parent/Peer.

Benefits of volunteering with FSI


FSI MEMBERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER RESOURCE PARENT

What is the difference?

As an FSI volunteer Resource Parent/Peer (RP), you have formally agreed to join a network where you will be called upon to offer 1-1 support to families across the province. 

Volunteers: 

  • Mentor and coach;
  • Guide families to resources;
  • Attend meetings, take notes, debrief
  • Listen and learn.

FSI membership demonstrates support of FSI’s work.

Members are invited to an AGM and, if eligible, enjoy voting rights.

The people who are eligible to vote at the FSI AGM are family members to persons with a disability.

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So, I’m not automatically an FSI member when I become an RP?

Correct. Becoming an RP is separate from becoming an FSI member. However, we do encourage all RPs to become members and have their voices heard!

Am I required to be a member in order to be a volunteer Resource Parent?

No, there is no requirement to be a member in order to volunteer. These two things are not related.

Membership

Having a membership gives you the right to vote and have your voice heard at our Annual General Meeting. Show your support for our values and beliefs.

Membership Options

For families and individuals:
1 year = $25; 2 year $45; 3 year $60; 4 year $75; 5 year $90

For non-profits and government agencies:
1 year = $60; 2 year $110; 3 year $150; 4 year $180; 5 year $200

For corporations and businesses:
1 year = $100; 2 year $190; 3 year $270; 4 year $340; 5 year $400

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Donate

When you donate to FSI you are helping us to support families all over BC.

Your donation goes towards strengthening our volunteer network with training, networking opportunities and assisting our peer mentors to be equipped to take complex calls.

Your funds can be directed towards advocacy, family support, peer networking, workshop development and mentorship. Your contribution can also help to ensure that our database is current, and that our computers have up to date software to we can keep all our records safe, secure and confidential.

FSI makes every effort for our work to be sustainable over time so your financial contribution will be long lasting and go towards many families who are in need of supports.

Every donation counts and your help is very much appreciated! When you donate we can offer you a tax receipt right into your inbox!

Thank you for considering a donation to FSI today.

Ways to Donate

CanadaHelps.org

CanadaHelps will send you a tax receipt as soon as your donation is processed. Your donation goes straight to FSI.

Donate a Car

Donate a Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for FSI. Working or not, old or new, donate your vehicle to this program and FSI will benefit. 

Offline methods

For offline methods such as cash or cheque, please complete this form and mail it to the FSI office.

FSI website

Donate directly from our website one time (or monthly) using a credit card or Paypal account through our website. Your personal information will be stored behind secure encryption. 

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Leave a Legacy

Have you ever wondered about the future and what it might bring to families with family members with a disability? You can make a difference by designating the Family Support Institute of BC Society as your charity of choice when considering leaving a gift through your will or any other gift planning instrument (like the Leave a Legacy program). Through our volunteer network FSI has supported tens of thousands of families over the past 30+ years – building a better quality of life for families in communities throughout BC.

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Enrich People’s Lives

Every day families with family members with a disability are supported by the FSI office or through our volunteer Resource Parent/Peer network, ensuring that families receive the support they deserve and need.

Provide Support

Financial assistance is essential to support and sustain the charitable work of FSI. Many people generously give their money, time and energy to FSI and are unaware that by leaving a gift in their will or estate plan, they can continue to help families in need.

Leave A Memory

Choosing to leave a gift from the heart brings meaning, dignity and purpose to a life well lived. This is your opportunity to participate in the charitable and community work most meaningful to you, in a way that allows important causes like FSI to be well supported now and long after you are gone.

Build the Future

Many of us require some kind of assistance - physical, financial or spiritual. Maybe you were given a scholarship that made the dream of post-secondary education possible or experienced compassionate support during a crisis. Your gift can contribution to the future sustainability of FSI.

Celebrate your life and make a difference in the lives of families that follow.

Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest! There are no employment opportunities at this time.

Title: Provincial Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Classification: 21 hours/week, Permanent part-time
Wage: $27.50 per hour

 

POSITION SUMMARY & PURPOSE

The Family Support Institute of British Columbia relies on a network of over 250 volunteers across the province who support people with a disability and their families. Our capacity to support families is a reflection of the strength of this network, which requires consistent attention, development and nurturing. The Provincial Volunteer Engagement Coordinator is therefore an important and rewarding role that requires strong organizational and relationship skills.

The Coordinator will engage by phone, email, Zoom or in person (when feasible) with all FSI volunteers in the network. Working alongside the FSI Staff Team, they will help ensure that volunteers have the support and training they need to answer support calls and represent FSI in their communities.

The Coordinator will be working from a home/remote office within British Columbia, be eligible for an extended health and dental benefits program, and will enjoy a high degree of flexibility.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Job duties and Accountabilities

  • Ensure volunteers are trained and ready to support families with disabilities
  • Maintain an up-to-date volunteer directory in the
  • Assist with the planning of, and attend, the annual training conference for
  • Stay alert to opportunities for volunteers to be engaged in their own
  • Establish positive and effective working relationships with families, community groups, funders, volunteers, and other stakeholders.
  • Stay current on issues of concern for families and relevant sources to offer support, guidance and resources for families in BC.
  • Support volunteer recruitment activities and orientation
  • Keep volunteer orientation manual updated and current.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education, Training and Experience

  • 3+ years in volunteer support/management; Candidate should have demonstrated success managing large groups of volunteers.
  • Work experience in the disability sector is desirable
  • Experience with and/or a strong understanding of database

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

We welcome applications from a “people person;” warm and diplomatic with polished and professional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; high maturity level and good judgement.

  • Ability to deal with sensitive issues in a tactful and respectful
  • Well-developed planning, organization, time management, and problem-solving
  • Proficient working with FSI uses Outlook, Smartsheets, online meeting software, Microsoft Office Suite and equivalents, Access database.
  • Knowledge of the supports, services and resources for families of a child with a disability is beneficial
    Comfortable taking initiative with the ability to work independently and as part of a team within a remote-work environment.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

This position has the flexibility to work from our offices in New Westminster, BC, from a home office, or both/hybrid.
The duties of this position are generally expected to be performed Monday – Friday, to facilitate collaboration with other staff.
Applicant must provide a standard criminal record. Preference may be given to candidates who self-identify as a parent, guardian or family member of an individual with a disability, or who self-identify as a disabled person, with the required combination of education and experience

The Family Support Institute of British Columbia is strongly committed to equity, diversity, anti-racism, and to being a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply and join us in our mission to create a more inclusive and empowering future for all families.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received so we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Sponsors & Donors

PLEASE NOTE that some sponsors and funders targeted their support towards a specific project or work. 

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