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.

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. […]

Police Act Reform Submission

In December, the BC government appointed a Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act. The committee’s mandate was to examine, inquire into, and make recommendations to the government on reforms related to the modernization of policing in our province. (A committee was initially appointed in July, but the 2020 provincial election necessitated a delay.) This […]

Community Social Services Training Fund

One year ago this month, as part of the 2020 provincial budget, we were told that BC’s community social services sector would be receiving funds for training and professional development. We were told that the funding, while one-time-only, would be managed by the sector itself and devoted to “build capacity, support recruitment and retention, and […]

Youth Education Bursary

Supporting young people who want to support others As most of you now know, when I was first considering joining The Federation crew, the Youth Education Bursary was one of the things that really drew me to this organization. And since I took on this role, it has consistently surprised and inspired me over the […]

Looking Forward: Roles at The Federation Team for 2021

Last week, I offered a bit of a road map in terms of where The Federation was headed in 2021—highlighting some of the biggest issues and initiatives ahead of us. This week I want to take a moment to re-introduce you to the staff team that will be focused on doing this important work. There […]