Five years ago, I attended the Burning Man Global Leadership Conference, seeking to bring home knowledge, tools and inspiration. Every session spoke in some way about how rangers help make what I love possible, and I came home with a mission.
With the guidance of those who rangered before us, with the trust of those who answered the call, and with the immeasurable support of our friends, families, the Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society, Kindle Arts Society, Black Rock Rangers, and the Regional Ranger Network, and YOU – we built BC Rangers together. I won’t re-state history and statistics here, as you can find it all in our annual reports. The nutshell, is that we weathered the challenges, knocked it way out of the park, and I have no doubt that we’ll continue to do so.
It is with so much love and gratitude that I offer both my resignation as Director of BC Rangers, and my promise of support during the transition to a new, sustainable leadership structure. Andrew Martens (Ranger Bzkrk), who was my first ranger trainer, will be serving as Interim Director, and I invite you to read his note below my message..
I have been so moved by the compassion and drive shown by the people in our community, and although it may sound cliché, the future of BC Rangers IS you. When you wear the logo, you are a lighthouse: a beacon for others to know they are not alone.
-Claire Roberts / Ranger Kazmira
By now you have heard that Ranger Kazmira has resigned as Director of BC Rangers, though she will be continuing on as Registrar. As her final act, I have been appointed as the Interim Director of BC Rangers.
I understand that change brings uncertainty, and you may be wondering what the future looks like for BC Rangers. One of the goals that we discussed for BC Rangers is to better distribute aspects of leadership in the future, to prevent burnout. In December, I will be reaching out to a number of our veteran Rangers for input into what our leadership structure could (or should) look like, and to see who is able and willing to assist in that process. My aim is to have our team in place early in the new year, to be announced along with the publication of the 2018 Annual Report.
Ranger Polka Dot has been assisting in the succession planning process, and I would like to express my thanks for her invaluable contributions as we go through this period of transition.
BC Rangers has a solid foundation in place. I hope that you will help us build upon it in 2019 as we continue to support GVIAS, Kindle Arts, and our local communities.
Interim Director, BC Rangers