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Board of Directors

The Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society (LMDSS) is actively seeking candidates for our board of directors. If you live in B.C., have an ardent desire to use your skills and experience to help provide a better life and future for individuals with Down syndrome, and their families, then we would like to hear from you.

Applicants must be willing to commit to serving a two-year volunteer term. Prior board experience, while it is not mandatory, would be an asset. Currently, we have specific needs for directors with experience in finance, non-profit law, family law, social media, grant writing, fundraising, event planning, outreach, and a self-advocate director, but we welcome all applicants and skills to apply.

LMDSS has a strong commitment to our B.C. communities, diversity, inclusion, and support for the families that we serve. As an LMDSS Board Member you will be responsible for ensuring the organization meets their legal requirements and that it is working in accordance with its mission for the purpose for which it was granted a non-profit status.

Members of the board must execute duty and care, attend meetings, be prepared to make informed decisions and be able to request further details if topics deem necessary.

Expectations of Board Members

  • The LMDSS board currently holds an end of the month Tuesday evening virtual meeting with the exception of July, August, and December.
  • The Annual General Meeting takes place in June and requires board member attendance.
  • Board members actively participate on committees of the board during their term.
  • Board members must be knowledgeable of their responsibilities and will fulfil the tasks in a timely manner.
  • Board Members will actively support and connect LMDSS initiatives with their personal networks.
  • Board members should have a basic understanding of Down Syndrome in all stages of life.
  • To apply for a board position please click here to fill out a Board Application form.

Volunteer Registration Downloads

Those interested in volunteering should download and fill out this form.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our board, download and fill out this form.

Volunteer Application Form

Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society
Charity BN/Registration #89162-1666 RR0001

Vol.Reg.Form 2016

A. General Volunteer Information:

In case of emergency contact::

Current Occupation:
Or if you are a student:

Tell us about yourself

Please provide two references and their contact information
Reference 1:
Reference 2:

Volunteer Opportunities and Availability

The following lists services and programs where volunteers are needed. Please indicate where your interests lie.

B. Other Details and Information:

  1. Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check:
    • A Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check must be completed and returned to the LMDSS office.
    • A Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check will need to be updated every 5 years.
    • Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check that were issued from another society or organization cannot be used. All Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check forms must have the name of the Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society on them.
    • Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check information can be found at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/criminal-record-and-vulnerable-sector-checks
    • You must go into your local police department or R.C.M.P. detachment (whichever is applicable in your area) to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check form. Please make sure to take along the CRC LMDSS cover letter so no fees apply.
    • Two to Three pieces of picture ID will be required.

C. LMDSS Volunteer Commitment and Pledge

  1. I agree to adhere to the Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society requirements to make a minimum 6–month commitment to my volunteer position.
  2. I will be punctual and will notify the Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society of any necessary absences from duty as far in advance as possible.
  3. I will carry out my duties to the best of my abilities.
  4. I will be notified if my assignment contains confidential information, and if so, I will not discuss it with anyone outside of my volunteer assignment.
  5. I will not use the Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society equipment for personal use, including computers and any programs, photocopiers and postage meter.
  6. I will record my volunteer hours on an approved timesheet and submit the timesheet to the General Manager at the end of each month.

D. Authorization for the use of photos and name(s)