Further to BILS board developments reported at the time of our AGM last year, BILS now welcomes Kersti Kahar and Michelle Stern-Buchnea to the board of directors.
"We are now entering a growth phase for BILS and taking purposeful steps to reinforce our board with the expertise necessary to guide the organisation through the next 12 months and onwards," explains Vinay Mathur, BILS board chairman. "Both fundraising, and getting the BILS name 'out there' are primary concerns for us, so we are very excited to welcome Kersti and Michelle to the team".
Kersti was hand-picked for board duties following a successful 15+ year career in both marketing and fundraising for a wide range of Canadian non-profits and charities. Her strategic oversight is anticipated to help the organisation formalise fundraising efforts for BILS. This will begin with an overall vision and mission, but later boil down to details such as PayPal functionality on the BILS website and BILS representation on sister sites such as Canada Helps.
Michelle's remit will be to assist the organisation in augmenting its existing website and social media properties, as well as providing ongoing counsel on content development, content management, and website/social media evaluation best practices. This ability stems from a varied and international career path that has seen Michelle counsel such brands as Aimia Inc. and Manulife in a similar way.
Mathur continues: "BILS has never been more relevant to Canadian society and public policy than now, thanks to Trump-led policy changes relating to immigration in the USA, combined with Canada's falling fertility rate and increasing average lifespan. Together, these factors mean that not only attracting immigrants but also ensuring they can acclimatise to Canadian society as quickly as possible with a steady home, job, and support network makes the work BILS does critical to the survival of Canada's economy and its government's tax revenue."
With womens' abuse likely to continue for at least another generation, and the isolation or abuse of aged Canadians similarly showing no signs of stopping, demand for BILS' settlement-related and other community-based advocacy efforts is anticipated to continue growing throughout the next few years.
BILS' full board of directors can be reviewed here.
Vinay Mathur, BILS board chairman
Kersti Kahar, new BILS board member
Michelle Stern-Buchnea, new BILS board member
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