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.

Statement of Acknowledgement and Support

On behalf of the staff and board of The Federation of Community Social Services of BC, we want to extend our love and support to the families, communities, and Elders who are hurting as a result of the discovery last week in Kamloops and continue to suffer the ongoing effects of Canada’s Residential School System. […]

‘Refilling Your Basket’ – Register For Our June Networking Event

Each year, The Federation’s June conferences are an opportunity to examine current and emerging issues—the things that you, our members, tell us you want to hear and learn more about. But after 15 solid months of working through a chaotic pandemic in which we have often lacked control and understanding, one thing many of us […]

New Community Social Services Training Fund Workshops & Webinars

A couple of months ago, we announced the launch of a series of learning and development workshops focused on coaching, leadership, and human resources management to complement the two main funding streams of the Community Social Services Training Fund. As those cohorts wrap up this week, I am happy to announce the next series of […]

Register to get your COVID vaccine

Over the next few weeks, a significant increase in vaccine supply will become available to British Columbians. More than 1 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine are set to arrive in May. As such, the province is accelerating its vaccine delivery to people throughout the province to get vaccines into arms as soon as possible. […]

BC Budget 2021

Last week, Federation Executive Director Rick FitzZaland and Member Engagement and Policy Coordinator Pam Alcorn provided members with an overview and explanation of BC Budget 2021. While it did not contain everything we may have been hoping for, it was a very good recovery budget for our province and puts a lot of money in […]

Updates to the Community Social Services Training Fund

In February, The Federation opened applications for the Community Social Services Training Fund (CSSTF) and since then, dozens of organizations have signed up to get support for organizational training or individual education and certification for their employees. I am now excited to announce two important changes to the Community Social Services Training Fund for the […]

Award for Excellence Nominations

Every spring, The Federation begins accepting nominations for its Award for Excellence. After the year that we have been through and the trying months that still lay ahead, I feel like this award has come at a time when it is very much needed. It gives us an opportunity to recognize and thank the people […]

Support to Practice: New Training to Support Staff Supervision

Last January, The Federation launched the first iteration of a new program for our members, allies, and partners throughout the sector—an ongoing series of regional training opportunities across the province. It was something we had wanted to do for a long time, both because of our commitment to being a truly provincial organization and because […]

Social Services Labour Market Research Project: Final Report Released

For the past three years, The Federation has been working with SPARC BC and CSSEA on a research study of the community social services sector labour market. In August, we submitted the Final Report of the Social Services Labour Market Research Project (SSLMRP) to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training (MAEST) and last […]

Three New Workshops and Seminars

Last month, I had the pleasure of announcing the launch of applications for the Community Social Services Training Fund. If you haven’t already done so, please visit the Training Fund page to learn more about the two different grant streams that organizations may apply for—the Support for Certification/Education Individual Grant and the Organizational Training Grant. […]