Welcoming Bruce Belbin, CFY's Newest Board Member
Choices for Youth (CFY) is pleased to welcome Bruce Belbin to our Board of Directors! Bruce is a passionate leader focused on empowerment-based decision making and team development. Committed to effective, strategic, and efficient public policy development and delivery, he applies evidence-based decision making primarily with a balance of intuition and common sense.
As a post-secondary education professional with extensive leadership experience in administration and operations within University, College systems and Government, Bruce has held positions that include Associate Vice President at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology), Assistant Deputy Minister (Post-secondary, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador), and Manager and Director positions in Student Residences, Student Life, and Ancillary Business Operations within Memorial University’s St. Johns and Grenfell Campuses.
Holding a masters degree in Higher Education Administration, and having started a Doctorate program, Bruce is a proponent of life long and continuing education and a great fit to join our CFY Board of Directors! When not immersed in his work, you can find him volunteering in the community, tackling renovation projects, and enjoying the humor of life with his family and friends.
Getting to Know Bruce
Our team was able to connect with Bruce to learn what motivated him to join the CFY Board of Directors, and how he hopes to be a part of positive change in our community:
1. What makes our organization’s mission powerful to you?
While working strategically to address challenges that youth face in Newfoundland and Labrador, CFY has been proven to be effective and of great value. Over its 30-year history, CFY has developed an impactful legacy with programs catering to young people to reach their version of success, with time tested results.
2. What interests you most about our organization?
CFY's bold visions and ideas for serving the need for youth programs and supports have translated into effective services and supports that are closing the gap for young people. How rewarding!
3. How do you think the board’s expectation matches with your expectations for yourself?
I am strategic by nature and have always looked to contribute and volunteer with groups and organizations that reflect my philosophy and approach. Programs and services that are strategic, measurable and impactful fit my mantra quite nicely - I believe in results. CFY clearly delivers and the board member variety speaks to that!
4. What does "success" mean to you in terms of your work as a board member?
I define success in a number of ways; it's measured by data and numbers but it's also measured by the positive stories that I hear from an individual person - it's the story that tells the tale of the impact, and ultimately the reason why all this work is done.
5. What would you like to accomplish in the next 12 months as a board member of our organization?
Growing the CFY network of supporters is key, and I'm eager to assist in growing that network to reach not only the general public, but businesses, the government and other agencies as well. The more supporters that CFY has, the more awareness we can bring to what the organization is doing and its impact on the community.
Our Cultural Commitments
Our board members reflect the many faces, cultures, identities, abilities, and walks of life that make up our province, and Choices for Youth is thrilled to have Bruce contribute to this by sharing his expertise, knowledge and dedication across our organization. We look forward to the work that Bruce will contribute to our network of sites and programs as a board member. Welcome to the team, Bruce!