2018 Directors Nominations
These are the applications for candidates seeking to join Free Geek Vancouver's Board of Directors for the 2018 - 2019/2018 - 2020 term.
Candidates will not be applying for a specific board role. Instead, they will apply to join the Board, and designation of offices will be decided after the election.
Nominees may choose whether to run for a one or two year term. Incumbent Directors may run again.
The AGM will take place on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 7:00pm. Members will be given time at the AGM to ask questions to nominees.
- Applications must include resume and cover letter.
- In your cover letter, please list your relevant skills and experience, why you are interested in joining the Board, and what you hope to accomplish.
- The board may ask prospective applicants to come in for a short interview.
- Nominees will be asked to supply a short blurb introducing themselves to the members.
- To apply, please mail secretary [at] freegeekvancouver [dot] org with your application.
I am currently serving as Vice-President in my fourth year on the Board of Directors. It's easy to tell which one I am... I'm the one with the loudest mouth!
Of course, I most often use that mouth in the service of Free Geek, spending endless hours on the phone beseeching politicians, bureaucrats in Free Geek's cause.
I have nothing to offer except blood, toil, tears and sweat... and that aforementioned loud mouth.
I am currently an active volunteer at Free Geek during Open Help Nights and I also spend my Saturdays assisting Lucas with administration of the Free Geek network.
As a systems administrator with 12+ years of experience ranging from door-to-door PC repair in a retail environment to enterprise systems management for a fortune 500-owned company, I have a wide range of previous experience working with technology through which I have provided mentorship to less experienced technicians and young people interested in the field.
As an entrepreneur, business owner and current member of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, I have personally benefited from my time volunteering at your organization through meeting, mentoring and learning from the young incredible talent that is drawn here. I wished such a resource was available to me as a young person when I was starting my own career. I believe the opportunity Free Geek provides for these young people to grow and succeed in their field is very special.
Because I view this organization as something much more valuable to the community than simply an ethical recycling facility - it is also a place of outreach, judgement-free accessibility, and an incubator of sorts that draws in some of the smartest young people I have ever met, I am interested in knowing whether I can contribute back to the organization as both a business owner and board member. Through the growth of my startup, Perfect Leap Technology Inc, I hope to one day be in a position to contribute financially to the well-being of the organization, but in the mean time I believe I can apply the skills I have learned working with social media, marketing, talent recognition and technology management to the greater good of Free Geek Vancouver as a whole.
My name is Athenaise and I worked at Free Geek last year as the Volunteer Coordinator, although I wore several hats.
I have demonstrated, at Free Geek and elsewhere, leadership qualities, the ability to work well with others, empathy, great networking skills, and most importantly: the ability to listen.
I am interested in being Board Lead because no work at Free Geek is too small or too large for me to give my all. I feel at this moment, in 2018, we are in a unique point socially and politically. Free Geek really has the opportunity to carve out its niche in the city, in partnership with the volunteers and outside groups.
I would like to be a part of that, and I'd like to work with you to do it.
I am a third-year Computing Science student at Simon Fraser University, with an interest in Big Data. I am currently on co-op with Sierra Wireless, reporting to the senior director of global quality and repairs. I am working on a project which aims to improve the department’s quality of work, productivity, and accountability. I enjoy volunteering, problem-solving, and working collaboratively in a team environment.
I built my first personal computer about six years ago. Through watching YouTube videos and seeking for help on Google, I gained more knowledge about computer hardware. In addition, I learned about Arduino, where I created projects such as the LED cube and obstacle avoiding robot. I gained more experience in VEX Robotics and built an outstanding robot which won four awards in my rookie year. I became a volunteer at Free Geek about three months ago. I have completed several shifts in electronics dismantle, and recently passed the written test for desktop building and testing.
As a director at Free Geek, I want to help the organization focus and commit to priorities, align and connect for teamwork, and track for accountability. I believe that I have the experience required for the job and I will be a good fit for the team and organization. In addition, I read numerous books about business development, such as Zero to One and Measure What Matters. I would love the opportunity to join the board of directors.
I have a passion for the 3 Rs (Reducing, Reusing and Recycling – in that order) and Free Geek plays a big role in the last two of these. I’ve been looking for a non-profit organization that is focused on sustainability that I could apply some of my professional skills in aiding, and feel Free Geek would be a great fit. (I became aware of Free Geek last year as I was preparing for a move and looking to find a home for a few electronic devices, and ended up donating a couple of laptops and a printer.)
Though I do not have previous board experience, I believe the following experience would make me an asset to Free Geek:
- Digital Marketing expertise: For my day job, I’m employed as Digital Account Director with a Digital Marketing agency in Vancouver. There I work with clients to define their digital marketing strategies and execute their internet marketing programs. I’m also experienced with the day-to-day mechanics of digital marketing, and not afraid to get my hands dirty.
- Non-profit experience: I have worked with non-profits in pro bono relationships, including the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (where I wrote the successful application for a Google AdWords Grant) and the Vancouver Aquarium, helping them promote the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. I understand well that non-profits need to make the most out of scarce resources and to leverage professional relationships wherever possible.
I would be happy to serve either a one or two-year term, depending on Free Geek’s needs.
I have been with Free Geek Vancouver since 2014 and served as the Secretary for the 2017 - 2018 Board term.
During my time as director I was involved with overseeing a transition to a new set of bylaws and the start of a new direction for Free Geek. I am running for an additional term to assist us down that path and work towards a strengthening our organization.
I am currently serving as an interim director on the Free Geek Board. Previously, I worked as a Store Assistant at Free Geek, where I received a crash course in all things computer-related. In my role as Director, I am working towards improving Free Geek's diversity and outreach to marginalized communities.