The Workshop: There are more than 27,000 non-profit societies in BC, providing services and programs that touch virtually every citizen. All pre-existing BC societies need to transition to the new BC Societies Act. The Act includes many significant changes. There is a two-year transition period by which time all societies in BC will have to have filed a transition application. This workshop will provide your society with the information it needs on whether to make any bylaw or policy changes necessary for your society to transition to effectively function under the new Act.
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City of Vancouver Bursaries:
If you are a registered non-profit society delivering community social services within the geographical boundaries of the City of Vancouver, you may be eligible to receive a bursary to assist you with all or part of the workshop registration fee.
To apply, send an email to:
Subject line 'Vancouver Bursary'
and including the following information:
Name of Society
Where the Society operates
Kind of work performed or services offered
A link to the Society's website
You will receive a reply with a code you can enter when you register that will apply the bursary amount you have been awarded if any.
The Facilitator: Martha Rans
Martha is the Project Lead of the Law for Non Profits and the Legal Director of the Pacific Legal Outreach Society. She has been a lawyer for over 20 years. Her Vancouver-based law practice specializes in the legal needs of non-profits, charities, and digital creatives. She advises on charity law, incorporation, governance, privacy, employment, labor, health & safety and human rights. She spent 10 years as a labor employment and human rights lawyer/mediator with the BC and Ontario governments. A recognized expert on the BC Societies Act, she has co-chaired the provincial Continuing Legal Education of BC Charities and Non-Profit Law since 2014. (martharans.ca)