The BC Lower Mainland Chapter of POC, founded in 2003, is strong on enthusiasm, has passion for organizing as a profession, and is committed to furnishing the educational tools to ensure members’ success.

Chapter Area

The BC Lower Mainland Chapter covers the Lower Mainland of Vancouver where the majority of the members reside. This area includes: Vancouver, New Westminster, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, Coquitlam, White Rock, Langley, Delta and Abbotsford. However, we have additional members in the interior of BC.

Goals

  • Foster a welcoming environment for networking and information sharing
  • Supply access to local resources that support our work with clients
  • Provide an educational forum where both experienced and novice organizers can learn to develop strong businesses
  • Develop community awareness of the benefits of employing professional organizers

Monthly Chapter Meetings

Our meetings are well-attended due to the quality of the programs and presenters. Not only do we bring in outside speakers but we utilize the talent within our organization to facilitate round-tables that promote member participation. We also plan visits to local suppliers and host 2 social events per year. In 2007, the chapter hosted the first National POC conference to be held in Western Canada

Meeting Agenda

Our meetings run for 2 hours and 30 minutes on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, starting at 6:15 PM. We begin each meeting with open networking and opportunities for new and experienced members to mingle, grab refreshments or review our resource table.

Meeting proceedings start promptly at 6:50 pm and generally after some short announcements, our first order of business is our featured presentation. We encourage all members and guests to come early as to not miss out on the presentation highlights. Our meeting agendas include a variety of networking, chapter business, announcements, guest speakers and new member’s orientation sessions. We welcome members and guests.

Location

Christine Sinclair Community Centre
3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby BC
* Location subject to change. Please RSVP in advance to save your spot and confirm meeting location.

 

Cost

Our meetings are free for POC members, with a $20 fee for guests. We accept cash or cheques and receipts will be provided.

Contact

You can contact our Chapter Communications Coordinator at bclowermainland@organizersincanada.com.

Meet our POC BC Lower Mainland (BCLM) Chapter Executive

Chair - Randeep St. Jacques

Term: May 2023 – April 2025 (+)
pocbclm.chair@gmail.com
ClutterLess Living

Based in West Vancouver, Randeep has been a POC BCLM Member & Executive since 2018. She is very result-driven. She previously held the roles of Programming & Treasurer. She is concurrently the POC BCLM Chapter Chair & Info Data Manager. Randeep is also a Certified KonMari Consultant & brings 15 years of marketing experience to her business & her POC BCLM roles.

Past Chair - Kerith Paterson

Term: May 2023 – April 2024
pocbcpastchair@gmail.com

Visual Girl Home Therapy

Based in North Vancouver, Kerith has been a POC member since 2007. She has previously been the BCLM Chair, Vice Chair, Info Data Manager, Treasurer, Member at Large & co-PR Marketing Coordinator. Kerith also spent one year on the POC National Board as Director of Chapters. She is a POC Trained Professional Organizer & POC Silver Leaf member, Kerith has a Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization through ICD.


Treasurer - Dawn Robertson

Term: May 2023 – April 2025
pocbctreasurer@gmail.com
Get Started Organizing & Maintenance

Based in Aldergrove, this Professional Organizer / Senior Move Manager has been a POC member since 2015 & on the POC BCLM Executive since 2021. Dawn has built a family-run enterprise through her second organizing venture, with her youngest son, Garrett. We are very fortunate to have this natural networker on our team. She brings loads of experience – including treasurer roles – and a long list of connections.

Program Coordinator - Elizabeth Toward

Term: May 2023 – April 2025
pocbcprograms@gmail.com
Government Cheese Creative Services

Based in Vancouver, Elizabeth became a POC early this year. She has over two decades of experience in the arts and cultural sector, working with individual artists, artist-run centres, film festivals, and theatre companies. Elizabeth is brilliant at gathering & getting information out to our membership.


Membership Coordinator - Peggy Sahakian

Term: May 2022 – April 2024
pocbcmembership@gmail.com
Simpler Living

Based in North Vancouver, Peggy has been a POC member since the end of 2021, & has been on the BCLM Executive since 2022. She has 20+ years in retail management roles at multiple store locations. Her business focuses mainly on soft staging, decluttering & organizing.

Info Data Manager - Randeep St. Jacques

Term: May 2022 – April 2024
pocbcinfo@gmail.com
ClutterLess Living

Based in West Vancouver, Randeep has been a POC BCLM Member & Executive since 2018. She is very result-driven. She previously held the roles of Programming & Treasurer. She is concurrently the POC BCLM Chapter Chair & Info Data Manager. Randeep is also a Certified KonMari Consultant & brings 15 years of marketing experience to her business & her POC BCLM roles.


PR / Marketing Coordinator - Aurel Matte

Term: March 2023 – February 2025
pocbcmarketing@gmail.com

Crow's Nest Organizing

Based in Vancouver, Aurel has been a POC member since 2021, and a BCLM Executive since 2023. Put simply, this ex-librarian provides home organizing for messy people (virtually and in-person). He has the lived-experience of impacts from major brain injury, chronic illness, mental illness, ADHD, and ASD & holds certificates in ADHD and Hoarding Disorder with ICD. He is queer, trans, non-monogamy, and kink-friendly, and offers low-budget options to clients in need.

Note: the term of Executive Committee members shall be two years from the date of the election or of having volunteered, except for the Past chair role, which will be a one-year term with the option to continue for a 2nd year if needed. No member may hold the same Chapter Executive position for more than two consecutive terms (four years). After filling a Chapter Executive position for two terms, the executive member must step down from that position for at least one year.*

* If you would like to take your business to a new level and play a part in our ever-evolving industry, join us! There is always room at all levels for passionate individuals to bring their unique experiences to the mix!

To receive our monthly chapter updates and meeting invitations, please email us at bclowermainland@organizersincanada.com

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