An expertâ€™s visit Friday will give West Coast organizations amazing legal insight â€“ for free.
The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust will host Margaret Mason at the Ucluelet Community Centre at 10 a.m. Her workshop, â€˜The Society Act: What You Donâ€™t Know Can Hurt Youâ€™ brings her 25 years of expertise advising the volunteer sector to organizations working on the West Coast.
Mason, a partner at Bull Housser in Vancouver, is a highly regarded lawyer who provides counsel to a wide range of not-for-profits and charities.
â€œHaving Margaret visit us and offer her knowledge to west coast organizations is invaluable,â€ said Rebecca Hurwitz, managing director of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. â€œExcellent policies and solid governance protocols are foundational to all organizations and Iâ€™m confident that even long-established community groups will benefit from Margaretâ€™s expertise,â€ Hurwitz said.
Bill Morrison, director on the Ucluelet Aquariumâ€™s board, attended the first workshop Mason gave here in 2012.
â€œThis was the most valuable workshop I have ever been part of. I would urge all local non-profit directors to attend,â€ Morrison said.
In a unique opportunity, one on one meetings are available after the workshop, giving directors and staff the opportunity to ask questions specific to their organization.
The event is offered free-of-charge by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, but organizations must register beforehand by calling the CBT office at 250-725-2219. Groups are also asked to read their bylaws before the event and to bring a copy if they hope to meet with Mason afterwards.
As a community foundation, the CBT has managed an endowment fund and administered program funding from the income earned from the fund since 2000.