Free CBT workshop for local organizations Friday, Jan. 31 at UCC


An expert’s visit Friday will give West Coast organizations amazing legal insight – for free.

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust will host Margaret Mason at the Ucluelet Community Centre at 10 a.m. Her workshop, ‘The Society Act: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You’ 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.

“Having Margaret visit us and offer her knowledge to west coast organizations is invaluable,” said Rebecca Hurwitz, managing director of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. “Excellent policies and solid governance protocols are foundational to all organizations and I’m confident that even long-established community groups will benefit from Margaret’s expertise,” Hurwitz said.  

Bill Morrison, director on the Ucluelet Aquarium’s board, attended the first workshop Mason gave here in 2012.

“This was the most valuable workshop I have ever been part of. I would urge all local non-profit directors to attend,” 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.