MFRC recruiting new board members


Board members conduct a strategic planning meeting with the MFRC management team on June 1 at Laurel Point Inn in Victoria. Photo supplied.

Peter Mallett 
Staff Writer

The search is underway to fill vacancies on the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) board of directors.

Master Sailor (Retired) Samantha Krzywonos, MFRC Board Chair, says the board is looking to fill one or two vacancies in time for its Annual General Meeting in September. 

“We are seeking volunteers interested in non-profit governance, who can contribute or learn in areas of finance, communications, fundraising, and risk management,” Krzywonos said.

The MFRC is an independent, non-profit charitable organization that addresses the needs of Canada’s military families. Its board of directors is a 12-member governance body that supports the MFRC through establishing policy and setting long-term goals. The board is guided by the Societies Act of British Columbia and is responsible to the Military family community.

Board members must commit to six to ten hours per month, said Krzywonos. They are also required to attend monthly board meetings on the last Wednesday of each month. All MFRC volunteers are required to undergo a police background check. Elected candidates will be provided with support, orientation, and training, she said.

Krzywonos began volunteering for the MFRC 20 years ago, when she was transitioning out of the military. After serving ten years as a reservist and regular force member, and completing her military career as a Naval Combat Information Operator (NCIOP), Krzywonos worked locally with several non-profits, including the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. Her husband, Jason, currently serves with 443 Squadron as a Warrant Officer AESOP (Airborne Electric Sensor Operator).

Krzywonos became the MFRC chair in 2016. She hopes the same reasons that drew her to volunteer with the MFRC may also be appealing to others. She encourages anyone interested to apply for a spot on the board of directors or some of the other volunteer positions within the organization.

For a full list of requirements for board of directors members and the registration process visit the
EMFRC web page:



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