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Volunteer Advocate
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Greetings from the Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC)

Ron Anderson and Brian Kerr co-chair the VAC, which represents all Cystic Fibrosis Canada regions. Ron is a former president of the Toronto chapter and serves on the National Board of Directors; Brian is both the former president of the Vancouver Lower-Mainland Chapter in BC, and the BC Association President. They have personal connections with cystic fibrosis: Brian’s 23 year-old son and Ron’s 15 year-old daughter both have CF.

What is the VAC?

The mandate of the VAC is to support the strategic directions of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Canada, and to serve as a two-way communication link with the Board of Directors with respect to volunteer perspectives on volunteer matters. The VAC consists of 11 representatives selected from across Canada who have leadership experience with CF Canada. Each representative is a trusted partner with all levels of the organization and respects the confidentiality of communications with CF Canada staff and its board of directors, local chapter presidents and board members, CF families, volunteers, sponsors and partners of CF Canada.

The VAC is expected to express the views of identifiable collective groups, not the views and opinions of individuals or personally-held beliefs.

On a quarterly basis, the VAC provides recommendations to the Board of Directors by reporting objective, verifiable, data-based information. The recommendations are not guarantees for action:  they need to be given full consideration by the Board in the context of what will be in the organization’s best interest.

How will the VAC help you?

The VAC acts as a conduit to help enhance communications for the purpose of improving the organization’s effectiveness.

Currently, the call to action is to review and re-design the organization’s overall awards program. The streamlined process simplifies the nomination and adjudication in a fair and representative fashion while facilitating timely recognition to volunteers and sponsors. Details on the new awards program will be published in January 2017.