Become a board member!
Our Board of Directors is recruiting new members! If you’re interested in getting more involved with the local food movement, and would like to help steer the future direction of LifeCycles, we encourage you to apply! You do not need to have past experience on Boards- just an enthusiasm to learn and work together to keep LifeCycles thriving!
As a registered non-profit society, our operations are overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who ensure that the organization is upholding its mission and is accountable to the needs and interests of the community it serves. The Board plays a crucial role by contributing unique ideas and vision, supporting staff, taking on special projects or organizing events, and helping shape the future of LifeCycles. Re-envisioning the future of LifeCycles has never been more important, as we face a challenging funding landscape and focus on strategizing for the future.
The time commitment required of Board members is estimated to be 7 hours per month.
Though we encourage anyone who is interested apply, we are actively seeking members with skills and/or knowledge in finances, fundraising, business, and organizational development specific to the non-profit sector.
The following list includes relevant interests, attributes, and experiences we are most excited about:
- Knowledge of and interest in topics related to sustainable food systems
- An understanding of food and environment-related issues on Lekwungen territories
- Ability to make decisions cooperatively, using a consensus-based model
- Strong leadership skills and ambitious vision for the future of LifeCycles
- Self-reflexivity, compassion, authenticity, and openness to change
- Clear written and verbal communication
- Skills related to financial management, fundraising, and budgeting
- Experience in business and organizational development
- Experience in policy development, human resources, and administration
- Experience working or volunteering in the non-profit sector
- Event planning, public speaking, and group facilitation
To apply: Please email your statement of interest to email@example.com
We welcome and support applications from people of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities!
Our Commitment to Equity and Diversity:
LifeCycles operates on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen peoples, namely the Esquimalt, Songhees, WSÁNEĆ, and T’Sou-Ke nations. As a settler-led organization, we are constantly working through the harms that have been inflicted by colonial food systems and trying to discern what our roles must be in dismantling the systems of oppression that underpin food (in)security. Many of our practices, including our organizational structure, the seeds we plant, the trees we harvest, the ways we educate, and our methods of growing food, came to these lands through the ongoing processes of settler colonialism and Indigenous dispossession. We seek to hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.
We welcome and celebrate applications from individuals of diverse and marginalized identities, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, LGBTQS2+ folks, disabled and neuro-divergent people, youth, and anyone with lived experiences of poverty, food insecurity, or homelessness. We strongly value the perspectives, voices, and experiences of everyone in our community and hope to include these voices in all the work that we do. We recognize that there can be many significant barriers to participating in un-paid Board work, especially for individuals of marginalized identities. If you would like to apply but are concerned about any barriers you may face, we encourage you to reach out to us to discuss how we might be able to facilitate your participation in our organization. The LifeCycles Board is currently engaged in a process of reviewing and building upon the organization’s equity, diversity, and inclusion.