We are now accepting applications from members for the 2019-2020 term for the positions of:
- Vice-Chair (2 years)
- Secretary (2 years)
- 1 Councillor-at-Large (2 years)
Regional Representatives (1 year each)
- Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast
- Lower Mainland
- Fraser Valley-Surrey
- Ombudsperson – Female (2 years)
Deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Members may only apply to be a candidate for one position per election.
Questions regarding the party elections or application process should be directed to email@example.com.
Provincial Council is the elected volunteer body responsible for the governance of the BC Green Party. It provides broad strategic direction and high level goals for the Party, and provides oversight of party operations and finances. It is a critical role for the healthy operation of our party and its success in the legislature and in elections.
Provincial Councillors, including Regional Representatives, serve all members of the party and are responsible for the governance of the party. Provincial Councillors do not have operational or organizing roles. Members serving as Provincial Councillors may volunteer for the party in other capacities that have operational or organizing roles, but that is not within their responsibility area as Provincial Councillors.
Provincial Council Members have a duty of care to the party which encompasses five responsibilities:
Ensure mission impact
Provincial Council is responsible for ensuring the Party has a clear mission i.e. to elect MLAs, and that party operations are directed in support of this.
Support the Executive Director
Provincial Council is responsible for ensuring effective senior leadership of the Party
Protect and steward the organization’s assets
Provincial Council is responsible for financial and non-financial oversight, and ensuring that risks are mitigated.
Ensure sustainable resources
Provincial Council is responsible for ensuring that the Party has sufficient resources to carry out its mission
Ambassadors for the party
Provincial Council members are responsible for ensuring that the mission and message of the BC Greens is widely and consistently shared.
Provincial Council members include:
- Two Councillors-at-Large
- Six Regional Representatives:
Councillors-at-Large and Regional Representatives share the same roles and responsibilities, but are elected differently. Councillors-at-Large are elected by all members of the party, while Regional Representatives are elected by the members in their region. This ensures that at least one Provincial Councillor comes from each of the geographic areas of our province.
The Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Councillors-at-Large are elected for two-year terms and Regional Representatives are elected for one-year terms.
The party uses a preferential ballot for all elections where there are more than two candidates. Voting takes place online only, but staff can provide support for members over the phone.
Regional boundaries are determined by their constituent ridings:
Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast
- Cowichan Valley
- Langford-Juan de Fuca
- Mid Island-Pacific Rim
- Nanaimo-North Cowichan
- North Island
- Oak Bay-Gordon Head
- Powell River-Sunshine Coast
- Saanich North and the Islands
- Saanich South
- Victoria-Beacon Hill
- Victoria-Swan Lake
- North Vancouver-Lonsdale
- North Vancouver-Seymour
- Vancouver-False Creek
- Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
- Vancouver-Point Grey
- Vancouver-West End
- West Vancouver-Capilano
- West Vancouver-Sea to Sky
- Burnaby-Deer Lake
- Burnaby North
- Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
- Delta North
- Delta South
- New Westminster
- Port Coquitlam
- Port Moody-Coquitlam
- Richmond North Centre
- Richmond South Centre
- Abbotsford South
- Abbotsford West
- Langley East
- Maple Ridge-Mission
- Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
- Surrey-Green Timbers
- Surrey South
- Surrey-White Rock
- Cariboo North
- Nechako Lakes
- North Coast
- Peace River North
- Peace River South
- Prince George-Mackenzie
- Prince George-Valemount
- Columbia River-Revelstoke
- Kamloops-North Thompson
- Kamloops-South Thompson
- Kelowna-Lake Country
- Kelowna West
- Kootenay East
- Kootenay West
- Familiarize yourself with the role of Provincial Council and the job of each party position.
- Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements below.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
- Return a completed application form and declare your candidacy to email@example.com by Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Your application will be reviewed to verify your eligibility. Approved candidates will have their photos, bios and videos posted to special pages on our website on or before Mon. April 29, 2019.
- Ensure at least 25 members in good standing officially endorse your candidacy through an online form provided for approved candidates between Mon. April 29 at 12:00 PM and Mon. May 13, 2019 at 11:59 AM.
- Voting will take place online from Mon. June 3 at 12:00 PM to Sat. June 8 at 11:59 AM.
- The results of the elections will be announced by email on Sun. June 9 at 12:00 PM.
Eligibility and general requirements
- Member in good standing of the BC Green Party.
- Permanent resident of British Columbia and citizen of Canada.
- Applicants for a Regional Representative position must have their primary address within the region for which they are applying to serve.
- A willingness to dedicate at least 3-5 hours per week of personal time and effort to council work including:
- Attending meetings by teleconference;
- Time between meetings preparing materials and reading reports;
- Time spent serving on Council sub-committees; and
- Attendance at four in-person meetings per year (including the AGM).
- The ability to effectively communicate and collaborate in a team environment in which much of the work takes place virtually.
- Governance experience.
- Proven leadership skills.
- A strong belief in the purpose and six core principles of the BC Green Party, and a commitment to applying them to the management of the party.
- A familiarity with and support for BC Green Party policy, 2017 platform and governance documents (Constitution and bylaws, Code of representative conduct and Code of ethics).
- Access to the Internet and familiarity with online collaboration tools, web-meeting platforms, word processors, spreadsheets, presentation programs, the ability to view such documents, and the ability to read and understand financial statements.
- A very high standard of personal ethics.
Values and principles of Provincial Councillors
- Always act in good faith and in a manner which they believe is in the best interest of the party and membership as a whole, contribute to discussions as part of decision-making, and respect Provincial Council decisions on all issues.
- Respect the confidentiality of in-camera discussions and privileged information.
- Make certain the party has clear long, medium, and short-term plans that can be developed and measured realistically.
- Work to support and ensure the success of the party’s Strategic Plan.
- To openly recognize and declare actual or potential conflicts of interest, and to recuse themselves from those discussions.
Other skills and qualities of a Provincial Councillor
- Basic understanding of financial reports.
- Understanding of legal requirements and implications relevant to political parties, governing boards, and corporations.
- Governance experience – that is, a previous role in a non-profit, corporation, or political party's board of directors.
- Well-connected in your community.
- An ability to collaborate and build an environment of trust, understanding and openness.
The Chair shall:
- Act as chair and convene meetings of Provincial Council;
- Ensure that officers of the Party carry out the duties which they are mandated to carry out under the rules and bylaws of the Party; and
- Maintain, update and regularly circulate a timeline of Party activities including, but not limited to, newsletter publication dates, fundraising letter mailing dates, Provincial Council meeting dates and general meeting dates.
- Liaise with the Party Leader, Provincial Council committees and Regional Associations to ensure the effective functioning and communication between each level of the Party;
- Attend provincial government’s Elections Advisory Committee meetings, or if unable to attend,
to appoint a Provincial Council member to attend instead; and
- Oversee the Executive Director and Party management.
- Assist, at the direction from the Chair, in carrying out the duties of Chair; and,
- Act as Chair from Provincial Council in the absence of the Chair.
The Treasurer shall:
- Keep financial records as required by the Societies Act and Elections Act;
- Provide up-to-date financial statements at Provincial Council meetings;
- Ensure that financial statements are audited and filed in a timely manner with Elections BC and the Society Branch as required by law, and immediately inform Provincial Council if any problems arise with compliance,
- Protect the confidentiality of donors except where such information must be disclosed under the Elections Act;
- Ensure that official tax receipts are quickly and duly processed; and
- Work with the Chair and the Leader to develop and implement the Party budget.
- Ensure the custody of minutes of all meetings of the Party, Provincial Council and Provincial Council Committees and ensure their availability or distribution to all Riding Associations, Regional Committees and Provincial Council Committees;
- Ensure the custody of all records and documents of the Party except those required to be kept by the Provincial Treasurer or Financial Agent;
- Ensure that the legal requirements for the registration of the Party and its agents are maintained with the appropriate government departments that regulate the Party, its Riding Associations and its agents;
- Maintain a list of Provincial Council Committees and their members, Regional Committees and their members and other bodies and caucuses mandated by Provincial Council or Party members in general meeting; and
- Issue notices of meetings convened by the Chair.
- Conduct the correspondence of the society;
- Issue notices of meetings of the society and directors;
- Keep minutes of all meetings of the society and directors;
- Have custody of the common seal of the society;
- Maintain the register of members.
- Participate in standing committees of Provincial Council;
- Undertake tasks necessary for the Party as they arise.
- Follow the procedures as stipulated in the Code of Ethics and by the Provincial Council in dealing with complaints against Party members and report on these cases to Provincial Council;
- Perform exit interviews with Provincial Council members at the end of their service.
For more information about any of the open positions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.