We have a committed group of community minded directors, several who have been involved since the early days of the formation of Providence Farm as a non-profit society. They come from many professions – private businesses, social work, farming, mental health, retirees – and as such, provide a balanced governance that has not wavered from the society’s original mandate.
2019 Board of Directors
Noelle Philp (Chair)
Karen Bittner (Vice Chair)
Doug Ramsfield (Secretary)
Tom Todd (Treasurer)
An excellent team of 34 full-time and part-time staff are called to work in service to create the therapeutic community of Providence Farm. Our team offers a dynamic and diverse blend of skills, qualifications and abilities along with a genuine commitment to the people in our programs. Our compassion and dedication forms the core of our community which is something you FEEL the moment you join us on the Farm!
Reach beyond annual giving and become a builder of the Providence Farm legacy. Through a bequest or endowment gift, you create long term support to Farm programs, security to our participants, and sustainability for therapeutic care in the Cowichan Valley.
How Does it Work?
An endowment is a fund that is restricted. Only the interest from the fund can be spent, not the principal that anchors the endowment. Only a portion of the interest or earnings from the endowment is spent on an annual basis in order to ensure that the original funds will grow over time.
We have both a legacy endowment fund and an education fund started by the Sisters of St Ann for us and managed via the Victoria Foundation.
Endowments provide a consistent source of funding for the farm and will enable us to continue our work helping the most marginalized people well into the future. These funds also provide a lasting legacy for donors that will contribute indefinitely and change lives for the better forever.
Each person who participates in the programs at Providence Farm brings along a unique story, a unique circumstance and a unique perspective. These elements come together to form at once the needs which are met by the programs at the farm and the strengths from which it has grown and produced fruit.
Adults from the Cowichan Valley who are coping with mental health issues, developmental disabilities and head injuries are a large part of the community at the farm. There are also opportunities for student practicum placements, work retraining, volunteerism and for other individuals seeking what our community has to offer.
INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED?
There are many ways you can volunteer at Providence Farm!