It is very important to have diverse perspectives helping to provide insight and guidance for our local non-profits. The Resource Centre relies on our board members to help keep our organization accountable but also innovative! This is why we are very pleased to introduce Cayce Laviolette, a skilled Social Worker for Vancouver Coastal Health, who brings his unique perspective to our organization.  Curious what his thoughts are? We welcome you to get to know Cayce.


1/ How long have you lived on the Sunshine Coast? and what do you appreciate most about living in this community?

I have lived on the Sunshine Coast for 12 years.  I have always appreciated the ability for the average citizen to become actively involved in meaningful and impactful social and political change in small communities like ours.


2/ As a newly appointed Board member to the Resource Centre and a social worker, what unique insights do you think you bring to the team?

I’m not sure my insights are all that unique, but my experience working directly with the most vulnerable and oppressed residents of the Sunshine Coast can hopefully lead to a Board vision that is inclusive of people on the margins.  I also bring the perspective of an engaged citizen with a young family who cares about climate change and wants to build resilience in our neighbourhoods.


3/ In your work, you connect directly with folks in need, what do you see as some of the most pressing challenges in our community? And what gives you hope?

All of us on the Sunshine Coast are acutely aware of the need for affordable housing.  What I’m not sure is as immediately apparent is the level of dire poverty faced by many of our elders.  Every week I meet a new older person or couple living with no access to transportation, food and decent shelter.  Food banks and meal programs are only useful for people who know about them and can get to them.


4/ Working in a helping profession can be challenging for maintaining health and well-being. What do you enjoy doing when you have time to relax and recharge?

I absolutely love spending time with my family.  I have a 2-year-old and a 15-year-old, so you can imagine the diversity of their interests!  I’m an avid hiker and really enjoy kayaking and mountain biking as well.  When time permits, there’s nothing like a good board name night with friends and family.


5/ From your perspective, can you suggest for folks who are interested in being more involved in the community some ideas about how they can help?

First and foremost, I urge everyone to volunteer with their local area planning committee or attend municipal council & board meetings to get a sense of what’s current and urgent.  Fulfil your individual passion by linking your values to community groups that need extra help.  For instance, I started a drop-in support group in Gibsons for parents of teens.  Most local organizations could benefit from a few hours a month of volunteer time.