Regional Advisory Committee

Regional Advisory Committee

Are you deeply driven to help others? Are you interested in helping support a growing national social enterprise? Are you a self-starter who can make things happen and looking for a place you can make a valuable contribution? Join the Shoe Bank Canada BC Regional Advisory Committee and help us make sure everyone has a decent pair of shoes.

The Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) is comprised of volunteers from across Canada who represent SBC on regional issues focused on collecting more shoes to help advance SBC’s mission and social enterprise operations.


Now accepting applications for the BC Regional Advisory Committee. All positions are open.

BC Regional Advisory Committee | Volunteer Position

SBC is looking for ambitious, committed people to join a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) to represent its presence in British Columbia. This committee requires participation in a once-per-month meeting with a little bit of work in between meetings.

SBC operates as a social enterprise. New and slightly used shoes are collected from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. A portion of the shoes is sold to shoe recyclers and distributors; this model helps to pay for the cost of collection and distribution to people in need across Canada.

Does this sound like you?

We strive for diversity of ethnicity, gender, and background. To that end and to inform the development, implementation, and monitoring of Shoe Bank Canada's operations, we encourage applications from people with lived experience of the conditions and impacts of living in poverty.

Regional Advisory Committee Overview:

The RAC is a small committee focused on collecting more shoes to help advance SBC’s mission and social enterprise operations. SBC is looking for a variety of the following skill sets to add to the Regional Advisory Committee.

Term: Two years. A portion of the committee will first be appointed to a one year term so that some members’ terms expire in alternating years. The regional advisory board reports to the SBC Board of Directors. Meetings will begin in September 2017.

Composition: Five members appointed by the Board of Directors. 

Vacancies: This is a new committee. All positions are open. 


How will we get there?

In 2010 Jim Belshaw began collecting used shoes to distribute them free to people in need. In 2012 the organization was incorporated. In 2014, we partnered with the Central Okanagan Food Banks and opened up downtown Kelowna’s first physical shoe bank which is open two days per week for people in need to come in and get shoes (free). We also have 250+ drop bins that are hosted by numerous partners year round. In addition to supporting our local community, we ship shoes (free of charge) to social agencies in 40 different communities in Western Canada. We have a strong presence in Ottawa with the support of our logistics partner, Dymon Storage. In 2016 we established some key relationships in Vancouver to expand our reach and further our goal.

Vision: No Canadian should want for a decent pair of shoes. 

Key Capabilities / Themes - How will we get there?

  1. Unwavering pursuit of good. Values forward.

  2. Excellent logistics

  3. Effective partnerships

  4. Great communicators

  5. Business model expertise

  6. Continuous learning / lean principles

3-5 Year Strategic Targets and Metrics:



1 SB in every prov / terr

15 shoe stores

Need Shoes? No problem.

We say yes (100% yes)

Be the brand.

People who need, know.

Distribution, not storage.

Establish cycle target.

Financial independence.



We’re Interested in you.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in us and believe you have experience in some or all of these areas. Please complete this short application