FSI Membership – Join the Family
Having a membership with FSI, gives you the right to vote and have your voice heard at our Annual General Meeting if you are a family member of a person with a disability or a person with a disability. But most important of all, you will be showing your support for our values and beliefs.
Membership options overview:
|Membership Term (Length)||Family and Individual||Non-Profit / Government Agency||Corporation / Business|
Select your membership term:
(If you are registering on behalf of an organization, please put your organization name in brackets in the last name field)
To sign-up for membership with an offline method (cash, cheque, etc), please fill out this form and mail it to the FSI office.
Donate to FSI
You can also choose to support us through a one-time donation. You will be enabling us to continue strengthening and empowering families who have family members with disabilities throughout BC by providing them with information, support and training.
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To donate with your credit card scroll down; otherwise to send in a donation using an offline method (cash, cheque, etc), please fill out this form and mail it to the FSI office.
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How To Volunteer for Family Support Institute
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? If so, please contact the FSI office (, 604-540-8374 ext. 523).
Career Opportunities at the Family Support Institute
Job Title: Provincial Family Support Coordinator
Hours: Permanent full time – 30 hours per week
The Provincial Family Support Coordinator is the primary FSIBC contact for families, FSIBC’s volunteer peer mentor families, and members of the community seeking information, support, and referral.
In addition to overall family support and volunteer engagement / connection, the Provincial Family Support Coordinator is also responsible for:
- staying apprised of all relevant supports and services available to families in BC
- working in partnership with other FSIBC staff on training opportunities offered by FSIBC
- attending meetings and committees as an FSIBC representative
- compiling and distributing resources to volunteer network
Reporting Relationship: Reports directly to the Executive Director
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Information & Referral
- Respond to incoming requests for support and information from families and other community members and record the requests for support in the FSIBC database.
- Circulate appropriate information and materials upon request to families, professionals and organizations.
- Refer parents, family members and professionals to appropriate FSIBC volunteers, agencies or service providers.
- Maintain open communication to our provincial volunteer network and ensure training and support needs are being communicated and responded to
- Refer families and others seeking information and support to FSIBC volunteer parents and family members.
- Ensure our RP network is current, relevant and continuously growing and evolving (working with other FSI staff such as our Regional Network Coordinators in Communities)
- Recruit new volunteers, screen and mentor new volunteers, and ensure all new volunteers have been matched with mentor volunteers and connections to them are ongoing (working with other FSI staff such as our Regional Network Coordinators in Communities)
- Participate on local and provincial committees to represent the interests of families and FSIBC.
- Share information to volunteers individually and in group emails
- Ensure the volunteer support calls are entered in the database.
- Assist FSIBC Training Coordinator in coordinating the delivery of workshops and annual training conference for FSIBC
- Act as a workshop presenter for FSIBC when RP workshop facilitators are not available or in other situations where appropriate
- Regularly review the workshop material and inform the Executive Director when upgrades and/or adaptations are required to existing workshops to reflect current issues, needs and best practices.
- Attend the Training Weekend and provide assistance as required.
- Stay current on issues of concern for families and relevant supports available to offer support, guidance and resources for families in BC
- Be knowledgeable in disability supports in BC and be able to effectively refer families to these supports and services in their communities.
- Establish positive and effective working relationships with families, community groups, funders, volunteers, and other stakeholders.
Education, Training and Experience
A certificate or diploma in a discipline relevant to supporting families with a family member with a disability is desirable, but not necessary. Equivalent experience will be favored. Two to three years of relevant volunteer or work experience in the disability sector is required. A demonstrated understanding and knowledge of the disability sector, including but not limited to, services and supports for children, youth and adults with a disability and their families, funding sources, provincial and local initiatives is required.
The main purpose of the Society is to support and foster connections between parents and family members of a person with a disability.
** It is preferred that the candidate be a parent, guardian or family member of an individual with a disability. This is not mandatory, but desirable **
Job Skills, Abilities and Knowledge
- Overall diplomacy including polished and professional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to deal with sensitive issues in a tactful and respectful manner.
- Well developed planning, organization, time management, and problem solving skills.
- Extensive knowledge of supports, services and resources for families of a child with a disability (any age, any disability, provincial level knowledge) or complimentary research skill set build skill set.
- Ability to work independently; multi-task; confident; self motivated
We will be accepting applications until December 20, 2019.
Please submit cover letter and resume to Angela Clancy, Executive Director and email to . Interviews will be conducted in the early New Year.