bc211 Welcomes New Executive Director

 bc211 is happy to welcome Executive Director Nathan Wright back into the fold.

NIMG_2889athan Wright, bc211’s new Executive Director, is no stranger to the organization. As a former Manager of Operations, he knows bc211 very well and is happy to be “home” again. Nathan rejoins bc211 after having worked as a Program Director and Program Manager in the Health Sciences Division at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

Nathan brings a diverse educational and leadership background to his new role, including a bachelor’s degree in behavioural science, a master of divinity degree, a graduate diploma, and a certificate in project management. Beyond his previous work at bc211 and the JIBC, he has held positions such as assistant director for finance & administration, chaplain, management consultant, and operations manager in the non-profit and post-secondary contexts. His work has taken him to the USA, Argentina, and Dominican Republic, allowing him to gain a fuller appreciation of cultural diversity and distinctive approaches to leadership.

Nathan has a passion for connecting people with the information they need and for strengthening communities. As an example of this, he has done extensive work with newcomers to Canada through teaching Canadian citizenship and civic involvement courses, as well as facilitating a men’s intercultural group, and Canadian fitness connection classes for new immigrants. He also currently volunteers as a member of the advisory board for Gathering magazine.

Nathan is excited about working with United Ways across BC on the project to expand bc211’s Red Book Online to bring the service province-wide. He sees this as an investment that has the potential to change the lives of countless people by providing them with easy access to information about services available in their area.

He is also thrilled to collaborate with the Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy (GVSS) and SFU’s Gerontology Research Centre on a project to create an interactive, online map of support services that will complement Housing First implementation across Metro Vancouver.

Nathan believes in the transformative power of information, and that communities are strengthened when everyone has easy access to the information they require about services they need for themselves or a friend or family member. He’s looking forward to participating in national-level discussions about ways to bring 211 services to all Canadians and how bc211 can support this initiative.

You’ll soon see Nathan out and about speaking on behalf of bc211 with key community stakeholders, service providers, and the general public about the important work that bc211 does and helping to raise awareness about the organization.

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