We acknowledge that our society is registered on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
As we work to make our community truly inclusive and welcoming to all, GVIAS recognizes its role in reconciliation and the importance of providing trauma-informed leadership; we will thus be including land acknowledgements in our future communications.
We’ve (almost) survived the winter of the pandemic!
Spring is just around the corner…and our first newsletter of the year is a bit longer than usual, so as we emerge from our winter slumber, please bear with us. Lots of good information here!
Now conducting Round 2 of Leadership Recruitment
GVIAS is currently busy filling all of the roles within our new structure, announced at the 2020 Town Hall Meeting. In case you missed it, you can see the presentation slides here: https://gvias.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Townhall-2020-Slide-Deck.pdf
We’re very pleased with the response to Round 1: 10 candidates were successful! We will start onboarding, training and team-building in the near future, to help ensure the success of all of our committees, especially the new ones.
We just opened recruitment for the Culture Committee and the Grants Committee: visit https://gvias.org/leadership-opportunities/ to view the roles and apply! And we’re still looking for additional members for the Policy, Volunteer, Communications, Leadership and the Contracts Committee – if that appeals to you, please consider giving your time and energy to making our community even better!
Why should you volunteer your time in what is likely an off-year? We know, that’s such a painful thought that there might still not be any events this year…
-most of us have more free time; less pressure
-opportunity to step back and consider the bigger picture
-the opportunity to learn a useful new skill(s)
-meaningful contribution: be part of exciting changes!
Our AGM is just around the corner!
The GVIAS Annual General Meeting will be held at the end of March – we’ll be announcing the date very soon. Join us to review the yearly financials, the budget, updates on ongoing projects and initiatives, hear from our Regional Burning Man Contacts, meet the board and vote to elect/re-elect board members. We look forward to seeing everyone.
A reminder that anyone can attend, but only members can vote, so please encourage your friends to sign up – all they have to do is visit the GVIAS membership page: https://gvias.org/gvias-membership/. Rumor has it that there might be an online dance party for all who attend, after the meeting!
So what does the GVIAS Board of Directors do?
The mission of GVIAS is to support activities that serve the Greater Vancouver Burning Man community. We provide resources and advocacy, strategic planning and guidance for events, art, and projects that bring the community together. The GVIAS Board meets monthly and board members have a variety of roles which work together to make sure we have the components needed for our events to succeed and for the community to thrive! You can find out more information about GVIAS here: https://gvias.org/about/.
But…what does it actually do?
The GVIAS Board is the foundational steward of the community. Guided by the 10 Principles of Burning Man, the board not only manages the society’s financial health, but also handles legal obligations and insurance, manages human resources, facilitates long-term planning, monitors contracts, provides organizational structure, and ensures that institutional knowledge is retained. In recent years, we’ve started a number of initiatives to improve our community and help to more easily facilitate our events – for example, the creation of the Conduct Committee in 2018, and the Leadership Committee in 2019 – and this year, we’re in the middle of implementing our reorganization plan.
Some of this is pretty heavy stuff! Do we really need to put this level of work into throwing parties a few times a year?!
Simply put, being a burner and participating in this community is about much more than just the parties – and our biggest “parties” have grown to 1600+ attendees! That’s a lot of civic responsibility! A big part of being on the board is considering how to best support both the physical and psychological health and safety of both our volunteers and event attendees. Ultimately, we work to safeguard our ability to hold events and support the creation of even more art, well into the future.
Testimonials from two of our longer-serving board members:
“I thrive on helping! The past (nearly) four years of participation as a member of the GVIAS board has been a great experience for me. I learned new skills, overcome challenges, and moved the community forward a few more inches. And I had a lot of fun along the way.
My highlight has been creating some long-lasting friendships with my fellow burners. Being part of a team brings people together – I got to make friends and make a difference! In over 12 years of participation in the Burnerverse, I have volunteered with art projects, creating theme camps, event production, and now I have helped the society that makes this all possible. It has been a very rewarding time and I am so thankful to 4 years of board-mates for making it an amazing experience. I’ll be back!”
-Skurriel, Secretary and Finance Liaison
“Throughout my time on the BOD of GVIAS – I have been inspired by the dedication and leadership of our community. It has been a pleasure to serve my time as part of an active, committed and resilient community.
The highlight for me has most certainly been the Conduct Committee – from the early discussions to the implementation I am grateful to have witnessed the steadfast and unprecedented commitment of time, experience and emotional labour exhibited by our volunteers towards this most notable cause.
I will look back fondly on my time on the BOD, and the positive changes we have implemented in surely some of the most challenging and impactful times for our society.”
-Tyler, Director – Art Grants and Production Liaison
Helpful Hints – GVIAS Emails
Help your friends by telling them how to rescue their GVIAS emails! We’ve heard feedback from some of our members that many are not using Facebook, and our emails aren’t easily reaching them either.
Add [email protected] to your approved senders list: this tells your email client that you know and trust our address, which will keep emails from us at the top of your inbox and out of the junk folder.
Are you using Gmail, and did you fish this email out of your Promotions Folder?
One of the simplest ways to move an email is to left-click and hold on the email and drag it from the promotions tab over to the Primary tab. Releasing the mouse will drop the email into the primary tab. After it is dropped, Gmail will ask if you wish to make the change permanent.
What, you found it in your junk mail?
Somehow our emails are getting marked as spam! Select the message you want to keep, and then select “Not spam” or “Not junk”.
Stay COVID Safe!
Warmly, your GVIAS Board