The Hub of Social Services on the Coast


Leadership Opportunities in Your Community

Are you interested in learning new skills while giving back to the community? Consider volunteering for a board of directors or running for local government. It’s an opportunity to build your personal network and gain experience in organizational management. There are a huge number of opportunities on the Sunshine Coast.  Here are some, focusing on government, business, and issues relating to women.

Local Government – Elected

  • Town of Gibsons Councilor
  • District of Sechelt Councilor
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District Director
  • shíshálh Nation Councilor
  • School District 46 Trustees
  • Islands Trust Trustees

If you are interested in running for municipal office, check out this useful Guide for Women Candidates. The Canadian Women Voters Congress also runs Campaign Schools.

Local Government – Volunteer

Local governments also have a variety of local and regional Advisory Committees on many different topics including Solid Waste Management, Economic Development, Transportation, Water, Fire Commissions, Emergency Planning, and Advisory Planning Committees (APC’s). School District 46 also has Parent Advisory Committees and Community School committees.  Many of these committees need volunteers, especially people with skills or experience in particular fields. For more information, contact your local government or an elected representative.

Other Organizations with Boards

Boards are recruited in different ways. Some are elected by their members (e.g. the chambers of commerce, public libraries). Many advertise annually for applicants. Others may have a nominations committee that searches out qualified candidates. The following boards meet one or more of the following criteria: they are business/industry related, they manage key community services, or they are organizations with substantial budget, staff and mandates.

* Membership required.

And Still More

There are hundreds of incorporated societies on the coast, and most have boards of directors. The most complete list of non-profit organizations can be found HERE. They cover a broad spectrum of interests and activities:

  • Arts organizations
  • Churches
  • Community and Electors Groups
  • Environment and Outdoors
  • Festival and Event committees
  • Health Advocacy Groups and Charities (Hospital Auxiliaries, Arrowhead Society, etc.)
  • Political Advocacy Organizations and Political Parties
  • Sports Leagues and Teams
  • Recreation Clubs
  • Seniors Organizations
  • Service Clubs and Canadian Legion Branches
  • Youth Organizations (e.g. Scouts, Guides)