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.

Reconciliation in action: creating opportunities to think about things differently

If you attended our October conference in Richmond or have been reading these weekly updates you will know that reconciliation is one area of work The Federation remains focused on. In my posts on reconciliation over the past months, I have spoken about our intention to support Federation members—and the sector at large—in considering reconciliation […]

It’s time to have our say: every vote matters

Election day is less than a week away. Over the past months we’ve worked hard to put social issues on the agenda of candidates and strived to help you, our members, be more informed and engaged about the parties, issues, and candidates. Links to election resources and information on polling stations and advance voting can […]

BC Election: The key issues and our questions for the main parties

The provincial election on May 9 is drawing close. As we did in the last provincial election, The Federation has sent a series of questions on key issues to each provincial party. The reason that we (and many other organizations) do this is to make sure that politicians and party leaders know exactly which issues […]

Save the date: The Federation’s June conference and AGM

The Federation’s 35 Annual General Meeting will take place on the morning of Friday, June 23rd at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. The AGM will follow Thursday’s Reconciliation in Action Conference and will wrap up by noon so members can catch flights or get a head start on their sunny weekend in the Okanagan. The AGM […]

The BC Election: Putting social issues on the agenda

Those of you who have been following The Federation’s election strategy efforts will know that our organization is focusing on two main goals: We want social issues to make it onto the agendas of a greater number of candidates and politicians across the province. We also want a greater number of eligible voters across the province to better understand […]

Federation and EVA BC announce new partnership

Last month, The Federation and the Ending Violence Association of BC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing a new partnership agreement. Both organizations have committed to a collaborative and mutually supportive working relationship. While our two organizations have long worked together, this formal agreement opens the door for new opportunities and shared benefits for our respective members, […]

The Representative’s report and reconciliation

Last week, the Representative for Children and Youth, Bernard Richard, released a report on the sustainability and capacity issues faced by the delegated aboriginal agencies in this province. If you have not yet read this report I encourage you to do so. The scale and breadth of these issues should be a concern for everyone […]

Calling all youth in care: Applications for the Federation Youth Education Bursary are open!

Since 2009, The Federation’s Youth Education Bursary has been supporting young people who want to pursue a career in the human social services. Over that time, more than 120 recipients have received over $140,000 dollars to help them access post-secondary studies. Applications for the 2017 bursary are now open. I encourage you all to share […]

Federation election strategy update: Let’s get out the vote!

Only a small number of people across BC would agree that they are much better off than they were five or ten years ago. Research, statistics, and anecdotal evidence reiterate the fact that things have not significantly improved since the last election. As such, The Federation identified two key goals for the 2017 provincial election […]

Life in BC Snapshots 2017: The state of social care in BC

Two years ago, The Federation scoured the news, research, and literature to take a ‘Snapshot’ of what life in BC was like. We wanted to understand how good things were for the people of our province. We also wanted to investigate important aspects of day-to-day life that have been overlooked by a government focused on […]