In honour of National Volunteer Week, we would like to take a moment to recognize and say thank you to all AIBC Volunteers. The Institute has nearly 200 volunteers who generously donate their time to more than 25 AIBC boards, committees, panels, and task forces. Your dedication to the profession and Institute is critical in furthering the mandate of the AIBC, and we wouldn’t be able to achieve all that we do without your contributions.
We would also like to extend a special thank you to our volunteers for their patience, support and flexibility as the AIBC implemented its response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic. It cannot be said enough – your health and safety are of utmost importance, and we commend your resiliency during these unprecedented times. More information on the AIBC’s response to COVID-19 can be found on the website.
Meet our AIBC Volunteers
Last year, the AIBC launched the Volunteer Profiles webpage to share the stories and experiences of our volunteers in their own words. We are delighted to announce that new volunteer profiles have been added to the page – there is a wide range of backgrounds and expertise, and each individual has their own unique perspectives on volunteering. We invite you to visit the page and learn more about their contributions to the Institute and professional self-regulation – to give you a feel, here are a few quotes:
“You will meet others who inspire you and make you proud of your profession.”
– Janet Lutz Retired Architect AIBC, volunteer since 2003
“We should never be too busy to volunteer – I have learned so much, and that’s reason enough to join a committee.”
– John McCormack Architect AIBC, volunteer since 1974
“My advice to potential volunteers: Do it!”
– Adam Policzer Retired Architect AIBC, volunteer since 1995
If you want to get involved, there are many ways registrants can contribute to the Institute and profession through volunteering. Several opportunities are now available, including:
- Supporting the Internship in Architecture Program through mentoring, participating on the Experience Review Committee or serving as an Oral Review Panelist
- Participating on a Municipal Advisory Design Panel
- Serving on the Consensual Resolution Review Panel
All volunteer opportunities can be found on aibc.ca. Volunteering is critical to furthering the mandate of the AIBC, and we encourage you to review all the opportunities to see where you can contribute your expertise. Please note that the volunteer recruitment and onboarding processes may take longer than usual given the COVID-19 pandemic, but we still encourage you to apply for a volunteer opportunity today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
AIBC Recognition Ceremony & Awards
Each year, the AIBC hosts a Recognition Ceremony which recognizes individuals and volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the profession, community, and Institute. The AIBC was delighted to have been able to invite all volunteers to the event last year, and we hope to see you again in 2020.
As a reminder, there are two staff-nominated awards: the Award for Lifetime Volunteer Achievement and the CEO Award for Exceptional Volunteer Service. There are also peer-nominated professional awards: the AIBC Lifetime Achievement Award, AIBC Special Recognition Award, and the Barbara Dalrymple Memorial Award for Community Service. If you know of an individual whose contributions you would like to recognize, we encourage you submit a nomination – the deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020.
On behalf of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia – thank you to all of our volunteers!
Ian Ross McDonald Architect AIBC, AAA, NWTAA, OAA
AIBC Council President
Mark Vernon CPA, CA, CPA (IL)
AIBC Chief Executive Officer