Entries by Marshall Watson

Creating stronger and more sustainable community social services

The past five months have been busy at The Federation. The NDP government’s focus on social issues like poverty and childcare means there are many opportunities for The Federation to engage with decision makers. And we’ve been doing just that. In meetings and consultations and committees we have been making very clear the impact that BC’s […]

Research Bulletin December 2017: Creating a strong, sustainable sector

We’ve spent the last month (among many other things) tracking research, analyses, and evaluations from across Canada that can help inform and improve service delivery in BC. This month’s research bulletin shares research that analyzes and addresses issues related to the strength and sustainability of our sector: funding models, government relations, social policy, working conditions, […]

Considering Secure Care in BC

The need for, and appropriateness of, safe or secure care has been discussed and debated in British Columbia for nearly two decades. The current overdose crisis has once again brought attention to this ongoing debate. The Federation is tracking and analyzing a lot of different issues and this is definitely one of them. In March […]

Conversation & Collaboration: Engaging with the BC’s social care ministries

Last week’s ‘Building on Success’ conference was a big success. Over two days, The Federation and MCFD brought together practitioners and leaders from across the province—and across the sector—to examine and explore some of the promising practices emerging in BC’s child, family, and community service. Conference presentations, recordings, and slide decks are being uploaded to […]

Advocating for sustainable social services

Earlier this week, I stood before the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government services on behalf of all Federation members. I explained to them the importance of community social services in BC and I told them that well-funded community social services are a necessity if BC’s communities are to prosper. I told them that, […]