BC FORUM News - From The Advocate, Summer, 2020
Linda Forsythe appointed to BC FORUM board of directors
BC FORUM welcomes Linda Forsythe as the newest member of our volunteer board of directors.
“We’re very pleased that Linda is bringing her tireless activism and experience to our board,” says Diane Wood, President.
Linda will represent the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) on the board, taking over from Maureen Shaw.
“We are grateful for the significant contribution Maureen made to our work and thank her for her service,” said Wood. “We look forward to continuing that work with Linda by our side.”
Linda has been a member of BC Forum since her retirement from Douglas College and FPSE local 4 in 2008. Since then she has been active in many volunteer, community and seniors organizations.
She first volunteered at the Unemployment Action Centre in Sechelt helping unemployed workers access benefits.
She also participated on the Sunshine Coast Labour Council. She was a BC FORUM regional representative and delegate to that position. She was a member of the Sunshine Coast Seniors group.
Upon returning to the Lower Mainland, Linda immediately started work with COSCO (Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC) and has been a member of the executive of COSCO since 2011.
She also has been a board member of 411 Seniors Centre Society, a group known for its work to build a new seniors centre that also includes five floors of seniors housing on top of it. 411 is also known for its flagship Information and Referral program and its large Income Tax Clinic. Linda has volunteered in the tax clinic for the past five or six years. She now lives in Burnaby where she has been involved with the Voices of Burnaby Seniors Society since 2014.
She also is very interested in social justice issues with a particular interest in Latin America. So annually she volunteers at the Latin American Film Festival.
She also helps with the Vancouver and District Labour Council’s Christmas Dinner and Celebration.
Presently she is a board member of her co-op and is working hard to protect the interests of the lowest income members who live there.