Volunteer – CAI Board of Directors


Call for Expressions of Interest – Board of Directors


The Community Action Initiative Society of BC (CAI) provides grant funding and capacity-building opportunities to community-based and peer-led organizations across BC to develop and implement innovative projects in alignment with provincial priorities for mental health and wellness. CAI’s granting framework encourages grant-making in a manner that respects the wisdom, power, and self-determination of equity-seeking groups across BC. Through this, CAI plays a unique role, bridging provincial government priorities and community needs.

In January of 2020, after a decade of supporting community-based organizations through grants and capacity building opportunities, CAI incorporated under the Societies Act of BC. With a vision for the future where community-based agencies are viewed as essential partners in addressing mental health and substance use in BC, CAI is focused on developing a policy governance board, as part of a broader community engagement governance framework, and on developing long-term financial sustainability that will carry the organization another decade into the future. CAI’s Board of Directors is currently seeking expressions of interest for 3-5 new Directors who are willing to let their name stand for election or appointment to the Board.

The role of CAI’s Board is to steward the organization by determining, monitoring, and ensuring appropriate organizational performance. The Board fulfills the highest fiduciary duties, including:

  • Fiscal accountability,
  • Hiring and monitoring of the Executive Director, and
  • Organizational outcomes.

 In addition, collectively the Board is responsible for:

  • Guiding organizational thinking and behaviour through the provision of clearly stated values and principles and being proactive in the identification and development of policies
  • Organizational monitoring
  • Performance evaluation of the Executive Director
  • Performance evaluation of the Board of Directors
  • Representing a positive image of the organization to the public
  • Contributing to sustainability planning and maintaining relationships with funders
  • Reviewing and responding to complaints
  • Ensuring an independent audit of the Society’s accounts and financial affairs are carried out at least annually
  • Approving an annual report on the affairs of the Society that will be available to the public (with financial information consistent with the audited financial statements)
Skills and Competencies

The Board, as a whole, shall reflect a broad range of backgrounds, skills, and experience. The specific competencies currently sought for CAI’s Board of Directors are as follows:

  • Accounting/audit or finance
  • Stakeholder engagement / Government Relations
  • Indigenous background (status, non-status, Metis, Inuit) and/or knowledge of, and experience with Indigenous culture(s); familiarity with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a strong asset
  • Marketing or communications, including Social Media across a variety of platforms
  • Non-profit or charitable sector operations
  • Mental health and substance use expertise, including lived/living experience
  • Rural/remote community-based mental health and substance use services expertise
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion expertise
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

CAI has a clear purpose and a values-based culture. We have a strong organizational commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, and as such, strongly encourage applications from candidates who can provide an underrepresented perspective.

Time Commitment

Board Directors should be prepared to spend between six (6) and 10 or more (10+) hours bi-monthly on Board and Committee matters. This would include a combination of both tele/electronic communications and in-person meetings; all/most meetings will take place at 1183 Melville Street in Vancouver. We ask all Board members and committee volunteers for a two (2) year commitment, which can be renewed up to a maximum of three (3) consecutive terms. Note: during COVID-19 all meetings are by teleconference or video-conference.

Additional Details

To apply: please send your expression of interest and current CV/resume to: [email protected]. In your expression of interest, please tell us a bit about yourself, why you would like to join as a Director, and what you hope to contribute and gain from being involved with CAI. To learn more about us, please visit www.caibc.ca.