What do Members Do?

Humming Bird Taking TimeBoard members spend time with the person, being a friend in whatever way is natural for those involved. Together the Microboard will help the individual to experience a full life by helping him/her:

  • plan his/her life;
  • brainstorm and problem solve;
  • advocate for what he/she needs;
  • do fun things together;
  • connect to his/her wider community; and
  • monitor supports services and ensure he/she is safe.
This will require regular meetings of the Microboard, more often at the beginning or when there are issues that need to be addressed.
The Microboard may also want to access funding for the individual and do the following:
  • become the contractor and hire a respite caregiver and/or home share provider; and/or
  • become the employer and hire the support workers.
Microboards that decide to provide services must be well organized, committed, and have the time to be the employer of record. This can be time consuming in the beginning, but your Vela facilitator can help you.


If being the employer of record is too much for the Microboard to take on and your funding is from Community Living BC, you have several choices. You can:

  • request that the funding be directed through an approved service provider; or
  • access Individualized Funding.  In this case the individual chooses a trusted family member of friend to be the Agent and the Agent can request a Host Agency manage the funding and provide the supports and services needed.

Board members must follow the rules for non-profit societies that are outlined in their bylaws. In B.C. this includes having an Annual General Meeting and a Register of Members. Regular meetings help everyone stay connected and on track. Board members must serve as the:

  • president - sets the agenda and runs the meetings of the society;
  • vice president - carries out the duties of the president when he/she is not available;
  • secretary - writes letters, notifies everyone of meetings, keeps the minutes of meetings, keeps records and documents for the society and keeps a Register of Members; and
  • treasurer - keeps the financial records of the society (you may still use a bookkeeper); or
  • secretary/treasurer as one position.