NWACUHO
Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Meet The NWACUHO Board of Directors – British Columbia Representative

Meet Christine Zapisocki (She/Her/Hers), your NWACUHO British Columbia Representative!

We asked our NWACUHO Board of Directors to share some advice and reflect on their experience volunteering with NWACUHO. See her responses here!

Where do you call home? British Columbia (BC)

How long have you been in the region? 29 years

How did you initially get involved in NWACUHO? When was it? Recommended by my Director, Student Life & Development – 5 years ago

How did you get involved on the Board of Directors for NWACUHO? What were you feeling when you planned to run? Were there any fears, excitement, or other feelings that you had to think about before running? I was planning to run for the BC Rep in 2017. While at the conference I was approached by some of my Alberta colleagues about a nomination for the Alberta Rep position. Because there were was another candidate running for BC, no one for Alberta and I was involved with the RLPA I agreed to accepting the nomination. As I result I became the Alberta Rep through acclamation. At the time I felt nervous and excited; nervous about having to speak to the membership without preparation when accepting the nomination; and excited about becoming involved with the Association and the opportunity to learn more about the industry from my colleagues on the Board.

What is your favorite part about being involved in NWACUHO? Learning about the industry and Association from a group of amazing and supportive colleagues. Being a part of a community related to my profession.

What is some advice you’d give to someone new to the region? Making learning the Association’s cycle a priority. Have face to face conversations with the Institutes in your area (phone or otherwise); these have way more impact than emails!

What do you see as the value for getting involved in NWACUHO? What do you get out of being involved? The value I see and got out of getting involved includes; practical professional development, the relationships you will build and innovative ideas you will be exposed to.

What is some advice you’d give to someone interested in joining a committee or getting further involved in NWACUHO? (This could be attending events virtually, going to our conferences, running for a co-chair position, running for a board position, contributing to soundings blog, etc.). By getting involved you are being self-directive and responsible about honing your skills and building your career. Start small; take in a webinar, sit on a committee, or just write something for the blog or news letter. Then move into a Board position. When you become involved with the Board set aside regular time in your calendar to meet you Board responsibilities so that you can stay on top of them.

Anything else you’d like to share? Fun facts? This Association is amazing because the people are amazing – don’t let the opportunity pass you by!

Are you interested in learning more about Christine’s experience volunteering with NWACUHO? You can contact her at britishcolumbia@nwacuho.org!

Also consider donating your time or resources to NWACUHO as part of our NWACUHO 2020 Initiative!


Do you know someone who would represent the NWACUHO region well through a larger leadership role? Each year we have multiple board of directors positions open and committee leadership roles available! Learn more about our full elections process, frequently asked questions, and more here: http://nwacuho.org/elections/!

Election Process

Each January, we hold an elections process for the vacant Board of Director positions.  Similar to previous years, voting will occur remotely with the Senior Housing Officer (SHO) from each 2020 member institution casting their vote. While there will only be one ballot cast per institution, we do encourage departmental discussion in decision making.

If you are interested in running for one of our open positions, you must first complete this “intent to run” form by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Monday December 2, 2019.

If you would like to nominate a colleague to run for one (or more) of our open positions, please complete this short nomination form.  Our Past-President will reach out to the person that has been nominated and let them know that someone has nominated them and encourage them to run for the open position.

For any interested individual that completes an intent to run form by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Monday December 2, 2019; all other application materials will be due by 11:59 PM, Pacific Time, on Friday, December 20, 2019.  Please see the “To Apply” portion of this page for information on what will need to be submitted by Friday, December 20th.

Available Positions in 2020

  • President-Elect, term expires: February 2023
  • Corporate Relations Director, term expires: February 2022
  • Washington Representative, term expires: February 2022
  • British Columbia Representative, term expires: February 2022
  • Alaska/Yukon Representative, term expires: February 2022
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