Volunteer Prince George held its annual general meeting recently and president Corey Walker said it was a great year that saw many changes that resulted in a clear focus on direction and a heightened awareness of the society.
Financial stability is strong and is definitely showing growth, he said. It was also reported that a strategic planning session was held during the year.
Three new directors were elected for the next two years: Ken Biron, Mike Allan and Camille MacDonald.
Ken Biron is a very active local volunteer who has devoted many years to helping those with mobility issues, through the Handy Circle Resource Society.
Mike Allan, who has accepted the role of secretary is a retired auto sales specialist and trainer and is highly involved in the community.
Camille MacDonald is a former broadcaster who operates Pop Media, an independent business that specializes in creating video content for social media.
These individuals join board members Corey Walker from Autism BC, who moves into his second term as board chair, Krystal Leason, executive director for Huble Homestead as vice president, Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation as treasurer, and Melissa Lang, with City of Prince George Police Support Services and is a director. Wendy Pollard remains general manager as the only part time employee.
Highlights during the year included the successful Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge that placed Volunteer PG second in B.C. and fifth place in all of Canada, with most close competitors significantly larger in population that Prince George. This was a great way to celebrate the year and an official celebration is being planned for those who participated to acknowledge these placements. Also noted was the quick response to the wildfire situation that erupted early in July of last year. VPG took a lead role in coordinating volunteers registering over 380 volunteers the first day. The office ran with five paid staff and seven volunteers registering up to 2,267 volunteers who logged over 19,000 volunteer hours. A full evaluation will be made of this process that will prove valuable should anything of this scale arise in the future.
Volunteer Prince George needs your help. It will be holding a Volunteer Appreciation event this fall celebrating the great work and superb results from the Canada 150 for 150; the board wants to know what kind of event it should be. There is currently a poll running on the Volunteer PG Facebook page. Simply add your vote! Or, add your idea to the list.
Secondly, the organizations is looking to fill three vacancies on the board of directors.
For more information on how you can become a volunteer please see us on facebook or www.volunteerpg.com