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.

The Federation’s Youth Education Bursary

“When I turned 11, I was placed into foster care and separated from my siblings. From my very rocky and unstable journey through the foster care system, I knew I wanted to help children who were being put into a situation that was out of their control. I decided on a career in social work, […]

Living into reconciliation: moving forward

Last week, The Federation’s Reconciliation Action Group met to reflect on the October Conference and to discuss how our organization can continue living into reconciliation. Some of the group members shared that they will be taking the Kairos Blanket Exercise Training this week. Another member’s agency recently participated in the Witness Blanket Tour which is on exhibit […]

Strengthening our federation: Connecting with members and increasing engagement

“Community engagement means listening to the voices, needs, and ideas of the community. It means reporting back on the outcomes of engagement and honouring people’s time and ideas.” – Federation Member Last week in this space, I reflected on the road trip I took when I started my role at The Federation. I have been […]

Connection, understanding, and collaboration

When I started this job, I devoted time to a road trip across B.C. I wanted to visit and speak with as many Federation members as possible. I wanted to learn about your needs, goals, worries, and ideas. I wanted to start the job by connecting with and understanding this Federation. One of the things […]

Conference Reflections: Reconciliation as a way of being

Last week I was honoured and humbled to be joined by many of you for three days of intense and heartfelt dialogue, learning, and connection. The Federation will revisit and share various themes and ideas that emerged at the conference over the coming weeks. But for now, I simply want to pause and reflect before […]

The Federation’s second member survey report is out now!

Earlier this year, The Federation released a report analyzing the data from the 2015 Federation Member Survey and a study done in partnership with the University of Victoria. That report, the first in a series of four, looked at the health and sustainability of B.C.’s community social service sector. Today, I am pleased to share with […]

It’s time for change

The B.C. government’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services will begin its annual province-wide public consultations next week. These consultations give citizens, groups, and organizations the opportunity to provide input on the priorities for our next provincial budget. Each fall, The Federation develops a submission for the committee and makes a presentation. This […]

2020 Reflections – On creativity

Adam Grant is one of my favourite organizational psychology authors. He is a professor in the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and has been making his mark by challenging us to think differently about ourselves and our organizations. I shared some insights gleaned from his first book, Give and Take in the […]

2020 Resources – New learning and development opportunities

1) Leadership Mind with Caitlin Frost Leadership 2020 core faculty member Caitlin Frost is launching Leadership Mind a new practice based, 10-month immersion in the transformative practice of The Work of Byron Katie, exploring and expanding personal leadership capacity. “Following the conscious design of this transformative personal learning journey, you can access deep insight about […]

The Fed’s Communication Strategy: Let us know what’s most important to you

The Federation’s mission is to act as a catalyst for positive change to B.C.’s social policies and community programs. We strive to influence social policy and improve social conditions in our province by building stronger, better informed, and more supportive connections between the sector, government, and the public. This means we have our feet firmly […]