A lack of volunteer assessment led to the Soldiers of Odin partaking in SPCRS Take Back the Night march - and a re-look at standards and procedures for programs and events is now underway at the South Peace Community Resources Society.
“As a result of a failure to critically and thoroughly assess all volunteer activities involving our agency, a small group of members of the public were permitted to volunteer at the event. The presence of this small group ultimately caused discomfort for some attendees,” said SPCRS executive director Angela Willmott Wednesday in a statement to the Mirror.
“SPCRS would like to formally express our sincerest apologies for any negative impact this oversight has had and to thank those community members who expressed concern and raised this issue. SPCRS is first and foremost a community service agency and as such, are accountable to the public we serve.”
Willmott noted the guiding philosophy of the agency is founded upon principles of inclusivity, advocacy, and the support of marginalized populations, and should inform every aspect of our conduct as a non-profit organization, including the vetting of volunteers.
“Moving forward, we will be reassessing our volunteer standards and procedures for all programs and events. We invite members of the community to submit feedback for consideration as part of the revision process and as part of our continued efforts to serve residents of the Peace Liard Region,” added Willmott.
Feedback can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to our mailing address at P.O. Box 713, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H7.