This is an open call to all of our members who are keen to get involved in a more direct and meanignful way.
The opportunity it serve on the GDCBC Executive Committee offers the chance to really make an impact on the design community and help drive the design agenda forward in BC, as well as many opportunities to socialize and network with other designers and people in design related industries. It should not be taken-on lightly however; these are real jobs that need to get done and prospective committee members need to be adept at juggling their volunteer commitment with the GDC and their professional and personal lives.
Every member of the executive is required to supply the following:
- Attend the monthly Executive Meeting.
- A monthly Chair Report delivered verbally at the monthly Executive Meeting. If for some reason a member of the executive cannot attend the meeting the report must be supplied the Secretary in writing prior to the meeting in order that it can be read-out.
- An Annual Chair Report for the Chapter Annual Report and AGM.
- Participating in and/or maintaining sub-committees as required.
In addition, each member of the executive will develop and specify well-defined goals for their position in light of their position’s mandate and in consultation with the chapter president.
Association Liaison Chair
The Association Liaison Chair oversees the ‘network of networks’ within BC and exists to increase the relationships that GDCBC has with other professional groups and associations and to leverage those relationships for the benefit of the GDCBC membership.Design is a vital business force in BC, a further understanding of the importance of design and good business practice with regard to design amongst professional groups is key to the success of this position.
Works closely with the Public Relations and Ethics chairs.
- Acts as a liaison between the GDC and the other professional design and mutually relevant associations.
- Actively promotes design and good business practice with regard to design to professional groups and associations of all kinds in BC.
- Works with other associations to organize and coordinate events/activities of mutual interest and benefit.
- Gathers information and articles about related associations and/or events and informs members as is appropriate.
- Continues building database of associations and relevant organizations.
Copy Writing Chair
The mandate of the Copy Writing Chair is to create the written expression of the goals and ideals of GDCBC and to ‘fuel the fire’ of progressive design and progressive design thinking in BC. In so-doing the Copy Writing Chair will support GDCBC in all of its needs for original written content.
Works closely with the Public Relations, Communications and Web Communications chairs.
- Copy and copy-editing for award catalogues and the like.
- Proofing for errors, style and content.
- Sourcing and coordination of translation services or written material where required.
- Regular monthly contribution to the GDCBC blog.
- Regular contribution to the GDCBC newsletter.
- The creation of standardized copy-shells for required asset types (study calendar of events for coming year and create a copy-shell for each kind of written asset that will be required over the year.)
- The posting and maintenance of copy-shells on the GDCBC wiki for archival and use by others.
The copy writing chair may also participate in the crafting of internal GDC documentation and support materials at the discretion of the Chapter President.
The Ethics Chair is a position with a heavy PR bias, the mandate being to actively promote ethical design practice and ethical business practices concerning design in other industries in order to maximise the role of design and designers in the community.
Works closely with the Public Relations and Association Liaison chairs.
- Actively promotes good design practice (and good business practice with regards to design) in the business community at large.
- Chairs committee of executive members with responsibility to offer information and arbitration on professional practices based on the GDC Code of Ethics
- Extends GDC involvement as resources permit into subject areas not currently covered in the National Code
The Events Chair is a project management position. The mandate being to maintain and realise the extensive GDCBC events calendar and to ensure the creation and continuation of best practices and high levels of quality in the Chapter’s event related activities.
An ability to delegate and communicate event related issues is vital. Works closely with all other chair positions.
- Provides an events calendar that address goals of GDCBC including areas of interest indicated by the membership. Including: Professional development, social/community involvement, contact with the larger design community through outside speakers, business development etc.
- Identifies and maintains a sub-committee of volunteers to plan and organize events as needed
- Coordinates the organization of events with the volunteer team. Including: publicity (fax notices, email notices, website notices, posters, invitations etc.), catering, venue, outside speakers etc.
- Monitors the success of the events, and solicits feedback wherever possible from members
The Membership Chair is the gatekeeper for GDCBC. The position's mandate is to maximise the opportunities for prospective members to engage with GDCBC and manage and optimize the flow of the membership process.
- Responds to GDC membership inquires
- Arranges Portfolio Review Committee as the need arises throughout the year
- Coordinates with Secretary and Administration for follow-up calls on members’ payment of annual dues
- Maintains correspondence with Executive Assistant and National Secretary regarding membership contact information
- Promotes GDC membership at our own events, workshops, exhibitions and seminars
- Promotes GDC membership and the profession at art/design schools, through Student Councils, Career Discussions, meetings, etc.
- Prepares statistical report for AGM
- Maintains mentor/mentee relationships and organizes Portfolio Mentorship sessions as needed
- Assists Communications Chair in creation and maintenance of membership collateral and promotional materials as needed
Public Relations Chair
The purpose of the Public Relations Chair is to seek and leverage relationship opportunities in order to realize the goals of GDBC and raise awareness of design issues in the community.
Works closely with the Communications, Web Communications, Events, Ethics, Copy Writing and Sponsorship chairs.
- Actively seek and cement relationship opportunities that serve the goals of GDCBC.
- Keep an open dialogue and maintain communications with the design community, business community, institutional community and general public.
- Promote the value of GDC by providing consistent PR for the Chapter.
- Develop strategies for creating dialogue with audiences using relevant technologies and communication outlets.
- Reach out to designers, the business community, institutions and other relevant organizations and re-affirm our role as an advocate and resource to these groups - making sure we consistently promote our high standards of graphic design and ethical business practices, for the benefit of Canadian industry, commerce, public service and education.
The mandate of the Student Representative is to ensure that student concerns regarding design and the design industry are communicated and understood by the GDCBC Executive and in so doing give voice to the professional designers of tomorrow. The Student Representative will also provide feedback to students with the aim of encouraging their understanding of and participation in the design community.
- Works closely with the Education Committee to maintain a link between the GDC and design students and educators at province-wide post-secondary institutions
- Works with Communications Committee to promote and publicize GDC events to students
- Works with Membership Chair to encourage student members to join
- Advises the GDC Executive on issues and concerns which affect design students
- Works with Events Committee to produce student-specific events
- Helps to coordinate student volunteers for ongoing chapter activities