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      SURREY FOOD BANK SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS POSITION

Background

Looking for a way to contribute while interacting with interesting people?

The Surrey Food Bank (SFB) is looking for dynamic, committed individuals interested in volunteering by becoming a director at the Surrey Food Bank.

Founded in 1983, as a temporary measure to a downturned economy, the Surrey Food Bank has grown to be a valued community resource, both in its role in food distribution and a number of ancillary programs it offers in partnership with other service organizations.

As a non-profit, charitable organization, the Surrey Food Bank is able to operate solely through donations of money and food. These donations come from individuals, businesses, and community organizations.

The Bank is run by a volunteer board of directors. The board has one employee, the executive director, who in turn manages the staff and volunteers who provide the daily operations of the bank. We are affiliated with Food Banks BC and abide by their Members Standard of Care, and with Food Banks Canada and abide by their Code of Ethics.

In 2020, the Surrey Food Bank Society and the Surrey Food Bank Foundation passed a resolution that resulted in all members of the society also becoming the board members of the Surrey Food Bank Foundation, the original fundraising arm of the organization.

Governance Roles and Responsibility

The primary responsibility of the Board of Directors is to provide an oversight role in insuring that all decisions and actions of the board adhere to Society’s governing legislation, bylaws, policies, and strategic plan.

Other examples of a director’s responsibilities include:

  • Commit to the vision, mission, and values of the Food Bank as well as applicable legislation, policies, strategic plan and SFB practices.
  • Prepare for, and participate in, monthly board meetings, annual meetings, and extraordinary meetings. From time to time, board members may be required to vote on specific issues by email.
  • Support the hiring, monitoring, and annual evaluation of the Executive Director.
  • Participate in strategic planning for the organization.
  • Be an ambassador for the organization by participating in food bank events and leverage business and personal connections to increase awareness of the Bank’s mission in the community.
  • Keep informed about community issues relevant to the Surrey Food Bank and its programs.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the Surrey Food Bank’s vision, mission, and guiding principles/values.
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice/community activism and an understanding of discrimination, oppression, human rights, and an appreciation of diversity at all levels of the organization.

Time Commitment

Board members will be required to attend 2-hour monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of every month except August. In addition, they will be expected to participate on Board committees from time to time and/or to attend Bank events. Surrey Food Bank Foundation meetings, usually less than 30 minutes in duration, will be held immediately after the Surrey Food Bank Society meetings 3 or 4 times per year.

Board meetings will be held at the SFB Newton office or may be held remotely in the event of pandemics or foul weather.

To Apply

Please submit a current resume, with a letter outlining your interest in the Director position to sfbboard@surreyfoodbank.org. Please insure that your letter includes your full legal name, mailing and contact information; how you became interested in the Food Bank, your reasons for wanting to become a board member, and an explanation of how you see yourself contributing to the Bank.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Those selected for the interviews will be provided with details of the interviewing and selection process.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Director, Carol Fee at cfee@telus.net or Director, Conni Kilfoil at ckilfoil@shaw.ca.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

PLEASE NOTE that the Surrey Food Bank is committed to employment equity and practices, and to being representative of the people of Surrey and North Delta, the communities we serve. We encourage all interested persons to apply, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, family or marital status, socioeconomic or citizenship status, racialized identity, indigenous status, or whether they are a person living with a disability.

Deadline for submitting applications is 5 pm Friday, Feb 11, 2022.

We thank all applicants for applying, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.