You do not have to be a BCITS member to be a client. However, it makes us stronger as an organization and as a service provider when clients join us. As a non-profit charitable society, BCITS is governed by its members. If you are a member you can participate at Annual General Meetings, be nominated for the Board of Directors or elect the members of the Board. Good governance is dependent upon full participation. Just like your citizenship responsibility, you have a responsibility to make BCITS a democratic, effective organization. If you are not a member, you can’t fulfill this responsibility.
BCITS was developed as an organization that is based on clients participating. Consumers told us that they wanted the Provincial Respiratory Outreach program and our Technology for Independent Living program to be person centered in all of the supports and services that BCITS offers. If the people who use our programs do not become members then we run the risk of losing that vision.
When BCITS applies for grants to finance its work, potential funders look at the number of members as one important piece of evidence that BCITS is a member driven, democratic organization. If they do not see a good roster of members they may not provide the funding that has been requested.
Members are vitally important to our organization. You can play an important role in BCITS just by becoming a member. If you have not become a member yet, please do so today.