Their activity may necessitate that directors attend some additional committee meetings. The role of a director is to work, meaning that they are actively undertaking many responsibilities.
Directors also work in the role of advisors. They support, review and advise during any planning process and when considering potential decisions. In effect, they give counsel on many topics as decisions are worked through. In order to be effective advisors the directors seek information, by gathering research and outside opinions to ensure that the best decisions are made.
Another key aspect of board work is the role of reflection when conducting school business. In our fast paced life it can be difficult to find time to reflect and consider situations. If time is not taken to reflect on issues, things may be overlooked and the best decisions not made. As a board this is one area that we are working on to improve. When reflecting we are able to ask questions, analyze issues clearly and more closely and determine the best action to take. Reflection also aids the board in evaluating key programs, proposals and events. When one takes time to reflect, prayer can then be part of the process as we seek God’s counsel! Other possible solutions have a chance to surface as all angles are explored during reflection. More time must be given for reflection. Max De Pree mentioned in his book “Called to Serve – Creating and Nurturing the Effective Volunteer Board” that the board he was on takes two meetings to consider financial decisions. They do not rush financial decisions! Since reading about that idea, the BCCA board has agreed to also take two meetings when making financial decisions to ensure the best possible decision. This is a positive step forward in serving the Society. Reflection and evaluation certainly go together and the board is carefully considering evaluation and how that will be done in the future as we contemplate opportunities and issues.
The goal of being active, being advisors and taking time to reflect is to function better as a board and serve the BC Christian Academy Society in the best manner possible.
Capt. Noel Asirvatham with his wife Esther enjoyed the privilege of educating their daughters at BCCA since 1998 on relocating to Vancouver from Toronto. They believe the values taught to their children at home and church were reinforced at the academy, and were thankful to the Lord for directing them to BCCA. Noel shares a burden for the work with children and is actively involved both in Sunday school and youth ministries in the church. He counts it a privilege to partake in the Call of God upon BCCA and wants to see the school grow and accomplish the role in furthering the Kingdom of God.
Jose was born in the city of Puebla (Mexico) and immigrated with his wife Marianne and his son Sebastian to Canada in the year 2002. In 2004 they had their second son (Esteban) born in Canada. After working for different tour companies in the Lower Mainland he established his own private sightseeing tour business in the year 2017 focused on customer needs. Jose enjoys showing this beautiful region to enthusiastic visitors. He believes that in addition to historical and factual information a great tour guide is one who transmits the ‘pulse” of a city. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, hiking, riding his bicycle and spending time with his family.
Ercides Cruz is happily married to Isela Figueroa and blessed with two kids, Andres in Grade 12 and Lori in Grade 10. He is originally from El Salvador and Isela from Mexico. Aside from serving in the Board, Ercides is also involved with coaching soccer at BCCA. Ercides is the owner of ERC Wallcovering Inc, a company specialized in all types of wallcovering installation. He and his wife are both really thankful to the Lord for leading their family to BCCA where they have noticed how their children’s knowledge of the Word of God grows every day.