Volunteer Posting – Board of Directors

Our board values diversity and inclusion and are looking for new members to join the board that represent our diverse and unique stakeholders.  If you are looking to be of service to a charitable organization who has a vision of inclusive spirituality, learn more about the opportunity.

Invitation for Applications

Bethlehem Centre Society (BCS) Board is made up of professionals along with community-minded and spiritually grounded people who have made a commitment to be involved and assist with governing the society. In order to meet the challenges and effectively lead this dynamic organization, BCS requires candidates who can provide the leadership and strategic direction at the Board of Director level. Previous Board experience is not required, although an asset.

The Centre

Nestled in the shadows of Nanaimo’s Mt Benson, on beautiful Westwood Lake, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, there are thirty-seven guest rooms and a variety of meeting rooms.  The property sits on several acres and hosts a labyrinth, meditation trails and a pond.

BCS was established in 1987 by the House of Bread Benedictine Sisters.  In 2014, the Sisters decided to sell the property in order to retire from many years of welcoming diverse groups and individuals to the Centre.

Now, Bethlehem Centre (Society) is no longer associated with any particular faith tradition, rather a multi-faith non-profit that welcomes all who are on a spiritual path.  Our vision embraces “spirituality without borders” and we maintain the tradition of hospitality that has long been part of the Centre’s strength.

We believe that there is a connectedness in all of humanity in our search for meaning and spirituality, and we collaborate with many partners to offer programs that help people evolve in ways that expand our consciousness and connectedness to each other, our communities and our planet.

The Position – BCS Board members will…

  • Have a passion for our cause.
  • Preferably be a resident of the greater Nanaimo area (although all applicants will be considered).
  • Support the vision, mission, and values of BCS.
  • Have a background in fundraising, risk management, legal, technology, accounting and/or a related field.
  • Represent our desire to reflect the diversity of our stakeholders and be open to diverse expressions of faith.
  • Be familiar with a governance-based Board of Directors and non-profit organizations.  Or have a passion for learning about them!

The Commitment – BCS Board members will…

  • Regularly attends board meetings and important related meetings.
  • Makes a serious commitment to participate actively in committee work.
  • Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time.
  • Stays informed about committee matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports.
  • Gets to know other committee members and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
  • Is an active participant in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.
  • Participates in fund raising for the organization.

How to Apply

If you are interested in being of service to BCS’s Board, we welcome your interest.  You are invited to send a current CV with a brief statement as to why you should be considered in confidence.

 

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Job Posting Work-Stay Resident

Are you looking for a change of pace? Are you wanting to contribute your skills and talents to a charitable organisation that is making a difference in the spiritual lives of others? If you answered yes, then consider this work-stay residency position and become a part of the dynamic team at Bethlehem. 

The Organization

Bethlehem Centre is an interspiritual Centre offering sacred gathering place for groups and individuals. Offering programs that help people evolve in ways that expand consciousness and our connectedness to each other, our communities and our planet. We value traditional welcoming hospitality with simple, ‘cottage at the lake’ style accommodations and nourishing food for retreaters who come to stay. Our green initiatives and on-going care and attention for the lakefront property are evident in our day to day work. We take pride in being an inclusive employer that embraces and honours the uniqueness, inherent value of each human being. Learn More.

The Position

Our work-stay residents serve as a bridge between staff and guests. While there is a rhythm to the day, no two days are the same, which means we are looking for individuals who are adaptable, easy going, strong communicators with a real eye for what needs to be done. Responsibilities can range from kitchen, guest services, housekeeping to yard and everything in between. This live in position offers room and board in exchange for twenty-five hours of work per week. We ask for a minimum four month commitment and extended stays can be requested. Read what other residents have to say…Work Stay Resident Spotlight

The Location

Nestled in the foothills of Mt Benson, on beautiful Westwood Lake, Vancouver Island there are thirty-seven guest rooms and a variety of meeting venues. The lakefront property sits on several acres of forest and hosts a labyrinth, meditation trails and reflective pond. The trail around Westwood lake is ideal for walkers, runners and bikers, with two beaches for summer swimming, kayak, boats and paddle boards.

If this opportunity speaks to you, take the next step to explore with us by sending an email.

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