2013 Directors Nominations

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Free Geek's Board of Directors provides legal and financial oversight to the organization, along with other opportunities for service.

  • Director terms are one year, and incumbent Directors may run again.
  • Positions on the Board are described here: Board roles 2012. (There are previously developed positions that are being used again this time.)
  • Positions will be filled at an AGM from a pool of nominees. Directors will be selected by consensus by those members in attendance.

Candidates should nominate themselves before the AGM to give members time to learn about them. Nomination can be added to this page below.

  • Candidates should provide information about themselves in their nomination. That information can take the form of a bio, resume, or links to present/past projects, as well as answers the following questions:
  1. What is your interest in joining the Board?
  2. What do you want to achieve as a director that you cannot do as a volunteer?
  3. What past or present experience do you have with Free Geek?
  4. Do you have other non-profit or community service experience?
  5. Additional skills, abilities or professional abilities that pertain to Board service.
  6. Current occupation and/or employment.
  • Candidates are requested to notify the General mailing list with a link to their nomination. (Please note that subscribing to the mailing list is required in order to use it.)
  • Candidates will be expected to speak at the meeting as to why they are applying for a position on the Board.
  • Attendees will be granted time to ask the candidates questions.

Thank you for your interest in helping the Geek!

Candidate Nominations

George WL Wong (withdrawn Aug 27)

my self nomination information is essentially the same as last year

Put a description of yourself and your candidacy here

  1. What is your interest in joining the Board?

I have some ideas on improving the volunteer program

making Free Geek a training camp, for underemployed professionals, immigrants, and the unemployed, and students
establishing prototype programs, and apply for grants to support these programs

on improving the role Free Geek plays as the preferred channel of technology recycle

  by establishing on going communication with governments and retailer and business and institutions  for
    donation of retired technology

on making more transparent the relationship Free Geek have with volume buyers, wholesalers etc

on establishing relationship with retailers of consumer technology items

  this relationship is important because people drop off retired items where they bought them

  1. What past or present experience do you have with Free Geek?
i have been a volunteer for about 3 years
one of the sometimes active fringe elements

  1. Do you have other non-profit or community service experience?
volunteer tutor in schools
  1. Additional skills, abilities or professional abilities that pertain to Board service.

 one of the objective I wish to accomplish is to encourage all volunteers to progress through all stations
 when they are ready, to the board of directors

  1. Current occupation and/or employment.
electronic technician ( biomedical equipment maintenance)
some of the things that I would like to take responsibility and accountability for 
(1) discuss ways  Free Geek can become a central player in the Green environmental strategy 
    for Metro Vancouver
    by positioning Free Geek as the preferred channel for the reuse and recycling of all
    consumer technology such as laptops, cameras, smartphones ,ipads etc
    by forming partnerships with retailers,who collect retired gadgets from consumers 
    by developing infrastructures at Free geek and training programs 
       that enable the volunteers to process these gadgets
    by prototype training programs designed for different types of volunteers
       such as immigrant professionals, students, unemployed etc
    by getting grants to support these training programs
 (2) seeking a fair balance in the business relationship between Free Geek and volume buyers
     who buy stuffs from Free Geek and resell them for profits
     the kinds of stuffs that volume buyers can buy from Free Geek 
     need to be in constant and open review
     for example, laptops,Lcd monitors, cameras, rare items such as camera memory cards,  
     digital pianos, iMacs , iPads
     should be out of bound for resale to volume buyers
     what the volume buyers can buy from Free Geek are stuffs that we do not have the facility and training program to process
     iMacs , ipads are things that Free Geek should gear up facilities and training for.
     rare items such as digital pianos, wireless N adapters are in demand by individuals for personal use, volume buyers should
     rarely get their hands on these items

what I see as pressing business for the coming year,

  is establishing working relations with Metro Vancouver, retailers
  have consumer drop off retired laptops where they bought them
  have laptops delivered to free geek on aircraft carriers
  show the world that free Geek has the facilities, infrastructure 
  operation management skills, trained volunteers 
  to process these laptops
  and return these laptops to society 
  in a nonprofit manner
  the operation at Free geek today is somewhat chaotic
  we can only process a few laptops at a time
  we lack the operation management system to process 100 laptops a day
   in the green environment strategy of Metro Vancouver,
    Free Geek is missing the boat, 
    or the aircraft carriers. 
    we are missing that balls , or laptops, cameras, imacs, smartphone, smart tablets
    all sorts of good stuff

    the Free Geek business is very pressing, that is why I fell like nominating myself to be a director
   as I say , Free Geek hour is happy hour, Free Geek hour is a volunteer's finest hour  
a photo of George WL Wong

George wl wong.jpg

George wong.jpg

the excitement of being a Free Geek volunteer, and a director is that

 you want to grab all the technology stuff from the community ,
 you want to grab them all, from universities and retail store recycle programs
 then you help volunteers to process them and sell them
 I see many university students coming to Free Geek working on the retired iMacs 
  many high school students come to Free Geek learning to sell those iMacs in the Free Geek store
  gaining valuable industrial experience, business experience , retail experience
 to help make all that happen , is part of the excitement of being director
what a baby..


Chris Hooper

Chis Hooper is presenting himself as a nominee for the Board of Directors. He has been volunteering at Free Geek for five years, attending monthly meetings, participating in a couple outreach events, and has served the Board three terms. Chris was attracted to Free Geek for its mission of melding environmentalism and computer technology, as well as its principles and practices in how it governs and operates.

His knowledge of computers allows him to lend advise and train other volunteers. As a member of the 2012 Board, he serves as Secretary, and in past Boards took a course for small businesses.

Chris has worked in a plastics manufacturing plant for seven years, and is working toward becoming a professional animation artist. He has the time and energy to contribute to financial and legal considerations required by the Board, and any other administrative tasks for the Society.

Justin Devonshire

Justin Devonshire is putting himself forward as a candidate for the board of directors. Specifically, he is interested in the Volunteer Recruitment and Management board position.

Justin has been a volunteer at Free Geek for three and a half years. He has so far accumulated over 650 hours of volunteer work. He is familiar with most stations at Free Geek, and has helped in the warehouse, the store, build, laptop build, and has been an assistant coordinator for Open Help Night.

His previous work experience includes but is not limited to: restaurant industry cooking and cleaning, shipping, receiving, and production. He has experience as a store clerk, and some management skills. He has experience doing office duties and computer work.

Recently, at Free Geek, Justin has been a personal assistant for the Volunteer Coordinator. He has helped him organise, train and delegate to volunteers, answer general and technical inquiries over the phone, and check the quality of the recycling work of the other volunteers in the warehouse--a task normally entrusted only to staff.

Justin's particular strengths are his will and dedication to Free Geek, as demonstrated by his past work, and this would translate well to a position as director. Justin is also very friendly, affable, and always brings a positive attitude to his colleagues.

Nigel Cornwall

Nigel Cornwall would like to be consider as a candidate for the Free Geek board in the coming year.

Nigel wants to continue working on the board for a second term. He would like to continue working in a marketing role increasing Free Geeks profile in the community. In the next term he would like to setup a team of volunteers who proactively target local business and corporations to Free Geek for more unwanted computer equipment.

In the past year Nigel has setup and presented a marketing plan for Free Geek. Visited Free Geek in Portland, worked with The Vancouver Sun to publish series of articles on the issues in the recycling industry in BC and has got Free Geek involved in Street Festivals (Car Free Day on Commercial Drive, BC Rivers Day – coming Sept 29th). Also the Epic Green Festival in Van Dusen Park. As he has worked with TELUS to promote Free Geek on their OPTIK TV and done a commercial for Free Geek with Film Students at BCIT.

TELUS OPTIK TV http://optiklocal.com/vancouver/myvancouver/myvancouver-free-geek

Outside of Free Geek Nigel works as an IT consultant and is passionate about electronic recycling.

Adam Wood

For most of you, my name will be totally out of the blue. I have attended a couple of meetings this spring but basically I am new to Free Geek. What’s more, I know less than almost all of you about what is going on inside of my computer right now. What I do know though, is that Free Geek is trying to tackle the incredible turnover of technological hardware in as ethical a manner as anyone could hope. Then at the same time you’re teaching people valuable technical skills and making computers available to people who might otherwise not be able to get one. Even if I don’t know how it all works yet, I think it’s an excellent model.

So, I am putting myself forward as a nominee for the Board of Directors – HR Lead for the coming year.

Here’s where I am coming from. I have worked with a range of non-profit youth and volunteer service programs for the better part of the last two decades; for 5 years of that I was the BC/Yukon regional Human Resources Advisor for Katimavik (a national youth service learning organization). I have also worked in some HR consulting roles supporting recruitment, team-building and conflict resolution.

I understand that there is a need for some HR skills and experience on the board and I am very hopeful that I’ll have the opportunity to support that need. I have already worked with Free Geek Vancouver’s newly minted HR committee to tease out some priorities. There is a lot of opportunity there.

In addition to that, I want to add that I’ve long had a personal interest and focus on organizational issues of inclusion, collaboration, and consensus – so the fact that Free Geek is so committed to working through a consensus driven management model… well that’s very compelling for me.

Right now, I am a part-time student at BCIT in the HR Management program, and I work part-time at Home Depot

Robert Pilkington

My name is Robert Pilkington, and I am submitting my interest in being nominated to a position on the board of directors, in the position of Secretary.

Although fairly new as a volunteer (started March 2013), I feel I can better serve Free Geek on the board level.

I have solid computer skills, having owned my own computer repair business at one point, and still give out advice in a professional capacity. I have used computers in the music and sound engineer fields since the late 80s! I have also served on committees and on a board of directors for a housing Co-op in Vancouver, which included putting through two major projects.

I have a understanding of human nature, patience, and a great ear, also I am well armed with the theory of diplomacy, all great qualifications for this position.