Who we are:
BC Original Minds Association has been a leader in creative problem-solving programs for British Columbia students since 1983. Since 1999, BCOMA has held the license to offer Destination Imagination in British Columbia, a project-based learning opportunity that blends STEM with the Arts and social entrepreneurship. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 who participate in Destination Imagination improve in creative and critical thinking, build on their unique strengths, learn how to design and manage a project, and gain communication, critical thinking, creative and collaboration skills. A board of directors who meet quarterly, guides the organization and supervises the Key staff person (the Affiliate Director).
Vision: Using imagination to create a better world.
Mission: We provide programs and experiences that empower learners to develop the skills and creativity to improve their lives and communities.
- Innovation: Challenging the impossible
- Collaboration: Working together to achieve incredible results
- Risk-Taking: Braving the unknown and having the courage to fail.
- Diversity: In people, places and thinking.
- Life-long Learner: Be curious...always.
Looking for a way to channel that creative energy? Do you have or are you interested in cultivating the innovative mindset? This is an incredible opportunity to share your skills with an exciting, fun and engaging Global organization. All board members are required to participate in the policy making, planning, goal setting and evaluation activities relating to all aspects of the British Columbia Original Minds Association (BCOMA) which oversees the Destination Imagination British Columbia Affiliate. Board members assumes legal and ethical accountability for all activities of BCOMA and participates on Board Committees as required, or at the request of the President of the Board of Directors. This is a 3-year appointment.
General Roles & Responsibilities:
- Supports the values and mission of BCOMA.
- Makes a personal commitment of time, effort and financial support to the best of their ability.
- Attends all Board of Directors meetings.
- Prepares for Board decision-making meetings by reviewing all relevant materials prior to each board meeting.
- Participates in Board training and orientation programs.
- Participates in the:
- Development of long term and short-term goals and objectives.
- Management and allocation of funds consistent with community needs.
- Adoption and monitoring of internal annual budget.
- Evaluation of policy implementation and Board growth and development.
- Development of sound personnel policies and procedures.
- Represents BCOMA and acts as an ambassador at public events. Attends as many of events as possible.
- Participates on one or more Board committees as required
- Suggests candidates as future Board members.
How to Start a Destination Imagination Team – it’s easy!
Step One – Form a Team
- One Adult Team Manager (or co-managers) – teachers or parents may manage teams
- 2 to 7 team members – invite friends to form a team, start an extra-curricular activity or club or use the Team Challenge to enhance classroom curriculum
Step Two – Age/grade groups
- Rising Stars – Preschool through Grade 2
- Elementary Level – Kindergarten to Grade 5
- Middle Level – Grade 6 – 8
- Secondary Level – Grade 9 – 12
Step Three – Request Your Team Challenge Pack – FREE
- Request your Team Challenge Pack
- You will receive a team number and instructions on how to download your Team Challenge Package, Roadmap, and Rules of the Road FREE!
Step Four – Choose your Challenge
- Review the Challenges with your team
- Let the team choose the Challenge they wish to solve
- Practice Instant Challenges
- Your Challenge solutions should take 6 – 10 weeks
- Start by meeting once per week for 60 – 90 minutes
Step Five – Attend a Tournament and Celebrate Creativity!
Tournaments are a one-day event to show your Challenge Presentation to a team of trained volunteer Appraisers and to take part in the Instant Challenge
- Regional tournaments are held in early March
- Provincial Tournament held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 – all teams are invited to participate in the Provincial Tournament
- Your team may qualify to advance to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee in May 2019