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.
Destination Imagination offers engaging volunteer opportunities to make a difference to our young people.
Parents, teachers, community leaders are all welcome to mentor teams through the DI process. It takes two to four months to manage a team from choosing and forming a team, choosing the Challenge and creating the solution. Our Team Managers get as much out of DI as the kids do.
The tournaments celebrate creativity and it takes a dedicated team of engaged volunteers to make these events a success. There is a role that will make the best use of your talent and interests.
Are you amazed by creativity? Each of our Challenges requires a team of volunteer appraisers to view each team’s solution, follow the scoring rubric and award as many points as the team earns. Appraisers hold a brief meeting with the team after each presentation to provide them with positive feedback and learn more about the team’s solution. Appraising at a tournament is a rewarding experience.