Become a Board Member

Prospective board members must undergo the following processes:

Complete Big Country Victim Services Board Member Application, including references.

Consent for Criminal Record check must be completed. Applicants must disclose their criminal records at the time of application. Failure to provide this information or providing false information will result in termination of application.

Applicants are required to partake in an assessment interview with a Board Recruitment Committee Member and RCMP Liaison.

Once accepted by the Board, applicants must sign an Oath of Confidentiality and participate in an Orientation with the Executive Director.

What makes a successful Board Member?

A board member's success is determined not only by his or her business skills and experience, but by personality traits, or character. Several characteristics of successful, happy board members are:

  • Honest - Possess sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly responsive and patient approach, personal integrity, a developed sense of values.

  • Open Minded - Ability to listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively.

  • Enthusiastic. - Have an interest and concern for your nonprofit's development. Are willing to develop certain skills if they don't already possess them, such as to cultivate and solicit funds, recruit board members and other volunteers, learn more about the substantive program area of the organization.

  • Team Player - Work well with people individually and in a group. Have community-building skills.

  • Decision-maker - Ability to tackle complex problems with relish. Take an orderly approach to decision making.

  • Competent & responsible. - Willing to prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment.

  • Have a sense of humor.


What are the responsibilities of individual board members?

Individual Board Member responsibilities:

  • Attend all board and committee meetings and functions, such as special events.

  • Be informed about the organization's mission, services, policies and programs.

  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.

  • Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments.

  • Suggest possible nominees to the Board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization.

  • Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization's field.

  • Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies.

  • Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization's annual financial statements. Read and understand all financial statements.

  • Inform others about the organization. Be an ambassador for Big Country Victim Services