Meet Britt, our Regional Engagement Lead for Vancouver
Britt joined our provincial team in May and is responsible for the recruitment, on-boarding, and continued support of all of our Volunteer Interviewers in the Vancouver region.
Although working on the BC Office of the Seniors Advocate’s Residential Care Project is the first time I have worked on a volunteer programme within health care, I’ve worked in volunteer management roles for a number of other large projects.
The first of these was also here in Vancouver, when I was a member of the volunteer recruitment team for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. That opportunity became a stepping-stone to work on a number of similar other projects, although these meant moving away from home – and not just once. Over the next few years my career led me to a number of related roles, starting first with the London 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. My job there also included recruiting and managing volunteers, as well as working with contractors and event stewards while helping lead event operations for the Basketball Arena.
After a couple years in the United Kingdom, I returned to Canada and then had the unique opportunity to launch the national volunteer program for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which took place in six cities across the country. When the chance came for another adventure abroad, I packed my bags again and helped organize the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. This project proved to be its own unique challenge as it was the first and largest mass volunteer program of its kind in the country.
All of these experiences have introduced me to so many wonderful volunteers, from such a wide range of backgrounds and many walks of life. Personally, having the opportunity to work for the BC Office of the Seniors Advocate’s Residential Care Project is important to me because my grandfather spent time in a residential care home here in British Columbia. Being able to assist seniors in having their voices heard and making a difference to the quality of their care is an incredibly valuable cause, and doing this while continuing to work with volunteers on a daily basis has been a truly rewarding experience.