Blog Posts and Updates

Changes happen quickly in our sector. Check this space for Weekly Updates from our Executive director, news releases, issue tracking, and posts from our leadership blog.

Federation Webinar Guide

This guide will help you take part in Adobe Connect webinar meetings with The Federation. Follow the steps in order to prepare for and participate in online webinar meetings. Please note that Federation webinar meetings may be recorded for training and/or future viewing purposes and may be shared with our membership and other provincial organizations. […]

Caregiver Screening Webinar (Nov 2017)

Below is a recording of the first of three online sessions The Federation is hosting for contracted agencies across the province regarding MCFD’s caregiver screening policy changes. Staff from MCFD explain the upcoming changes to organizations providing residential care for BC children and youth. You can view a recording of the Adobe Connect online meeting […]

A time for thanks and for looking forward

It’s that time of year when we focus on what matters most to us and when we reflect on where we’ve come from and where we want to go in the months ahead. I expect 2018 will be a very busy year in which The Federation builds on new opportunities, strengthens relationships, and works even […]

Creating stronger and more sustainable community social services

Our plan for the 2018 Social Policy Forum 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 […]

The Federation’s Youth Education Bursary and Holiday Giving

“There was a point in life where I thought I could never succeed or amount to anything. Receiving this award really gives me a sense of purpose in my career and in life. It gives me confidence going forward in my post-secondary education and provides me with hope. Thank you so much for all you […]

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 […]

2017 Select Standing Committee Presentation

Below is the full text of the 2017 Select Standing Committee Presentation submitted by The Federation of Community Social Services of BC. 2017 Select Standing Committee Presentation The Federation of Community Social Services of BC Thank you for the opportunity to address the committee today. My name is Rick FitzZaland and I am the Executive Director […]

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, […]

Making our voice heard

Making our voice heard: Engaging with BC’s new government Earlier this month, BC’s NDP government released their first budget which mapped out an initial financial plan for our province. I was, like many of you, happy to see new social spending (even though some bigger promises were noticeably delayed) and the overall reaction to the budget has been […]