Brightside Community Homes Foundation provides affordable rental homes for a community of residents that represent an inspiring array of backgrounds and lived experience. We believe that our Board of Directors should be equally representative of our resident community, and are seeking new Board members to bring their unique voice to our Board governance.
We are proud of the diversity of our staff and management team, and have excellent skills and a variety of life and work experiences within our Board of Directors. With this as a platform, Brightside continues to seek further diversity of our Board in order to better understand our residents’ needs and challenges. Our resident community is made up of seniors and older adults who live independently, people of different abilities, Indigenous, racialized, and equity-seeking groups, diverse sexual orientations and identities, newcomers, and families. Many of our residents have been homeless or have experienced the risk of homelessness in the past.
New Board members are not required to have previous Board experience. Although this is a plus, we consider the desire to be guided in decision-making by Brightside values, the ability to think about things objectively, to become actively involved in open and curious discussions, and to understand and accept other perspectives as part of the consensus-building process as being critical skills for any new Board member. We offer Board training and maintain a “Board-buddy” system for new Board members who need or want such support. Board members must reside in the Lower Mainland, and have some knowledge of the challenges facing renters in Metro Vancouver.
Who we are as an organization
Brightside’s mission is to build resilient communities, throughout Metro Vancouver, with safe and secure homes for those struggling to meet the demands of market housing. As a charitable, non-profit society providing affordable homes for almost 70 years, we understand the need for our organization to reflect the communities we serve in a way that is just and equitable. In order to do that, we need to be governed by people who understand the experience of the communities we serve and of our residents.
More information on Board opportunities
As a Brightside volunteer Board Director, you will be one of twelve like-minded individuals committed to the Brightside values to improve the number and quality of affordable housing units in Metro Vancouver. Board meetings are held regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month. You will also participate in standing committees, working groups, and other events.
For more information about the position, please see the Board Director role definition below, or download the role definition here.