e4c’s board plays an important role in helping to ensure our organization stays true to our vision of ultimately ending poverty and our mission to change lives and grow communities. They keep us focused on our core values of Courage, Compassion, Connection and Commitment and set the strategic direction and priorities for the organization. Our board plays an essential role in promoting e4c and fostering relationships with partners, supporters, government and stakeholders. Their guidance also ensures we remain accountable to donors, partners and the community.
Board members bring a range of skills and experience to their work and a dedication to helping those living in poverty. All of our board members volunteer their time and have chosen to become involved with e4c because they believe in the work we do, the people we help and the possibility of a future without poverty.
Interview with John Cotton, e4c President
Why did you choose to lend your time with e4c?
I was aware of e4c and the work they do through my involvement with my church, McDougall United, which is one of the founding churches of e4c and has a long-standing relationship with the organization. When I was approached about becoming involved with e4c, I was interested in finding a way of giving back and e4c offered an opportunity to give my time to an organization that offered a range of programs and services that are all focused on alleviating poverty in such an integrated way.
What have you learned through working with e4c?
I’m now entering my seventh year with e4c, and it’s been tremendously rewarding work. People often don’t appreciate both the social and economic impact of poverty. You think you’re aware of what’s involved in being poor, but I don’t think many people realize the extent of the challenges people living in poverty face. Poverty is so multifaceted and so complex, particularly for families who are trying to care for their children – finding housing, providing nutritious food, balancing a budget and meeting the educational needs of their kids – it’s challenging. I was also surprised to learn how many of the people we serve are Indigenous or First Nations and the range of challenges they face. There are so many things that need to be addressed to tackle the issue of poverty.
What are you most proud of in the work e4c does?
I’m proud of the work we’ve done to continue to expand and grow, so that we can do more to meet the needs of people living in poverty. We’ve always recognized the importance of collaboration, but have become even better collaborators in working with other agencies and organizations that are focused on the needs of people living in poverty, which is incredibly important. We’re very much involved in a number of community-based initiatives that are focused on ending poverty. And with our leadership team we have sound management and accountability and we’re clear about what our strategic goals are and how we’re going to achieve them. I’m grateful to be a part of an organization that is effective in addressing and preventing poverty and wish more people realized that they could play a part in e4c’s work. Whether it’s as a volunteer or a donor or just learning more about the issues surrounding poverty, everybody can be involved.
Our Board Members 2017 – 2018
John Cotton, President
Patricia Bounds, Vice-President
Anna Reyes, Treasurer
Linda Mabbott, Secretary