Response Paper: Building BC’s Recovery, Together

Over the past month, the BC government has been soliciting feedback, ideas, and priorities for our province’s economic recovery. The discussion paper, Building BC’s Recovery, Together, asked key questions like: What do we need to do together to strengthen and improve our health care system? Wha ...Read More

BC Social Care Oral History Project

All the way back in 2011, The Federation and the United Community Services Coop (now Realize Strategies) partnered on a pilot project to interview social sector leaders and document the oral history of their careers and of the sector at large. We were really excited about the opportunity and even had a potential fund ...Read More

2020 Select Standing Committee Submission

Every year, The Federation presents during the consultations of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. This year was no different. (Although our presentation was done virtually rather than in-person, for the first time.) Our submission and presentation highlighted both the strength an ...Read More

COVID-19: Updates, Supports & Resources for Federation Members

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, we are doing our very best to keep Federation members informed and up-to-date. We are in constant communication with our members, government colleagues, and sector allies and will continue to share updates and information regularly. Last week, we heard directives from the Provincial He ...Read More

COVID-19 Information for Social Services

Supporting the health and welfare of vulnerable populations during the pandemic requires balancing measures that need to be taken to prevent transmission of COVID-19 against the risks of withdrawing your essential services such as housing/shelter, food security, mental health supports, personal care, overdose prevention, harm reduction. What w ...Read More

COVID-19 Update for Members

As many of you know, events are being cancelled, businesses are closing, and BC’s top doctor, Dr. Bonnie Henry, is urging people to follow directions regarding hand hygiene, social distancing, and self-quarantine. Given the frequent updates and nature of these precautions, we wanted to let our members know what we are ...Read More

An Important Leadership 2020 Update

In November, The Federation’s 13th cohort of Leadership 2020 graduates completed the program. They joined the ranks over 400 alumni from across BC who have participated since 2011. Around the same time, we started to plan The Federation’s initiatives and resource allocation for this upcoming year. As part ...Read More

A new year at The Federation: Changes & Opportunities

1. Our continuing mission… For many of us, the beginning of a new year is an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve come from and where we want to go in the months ahead. Over the past twelve months, we experienced a number of significant changes at The Federation and, through a lot of hard work a ...Read More

2019 Annual General Meeting Recap

Thank you to those of you who attended our Conference and Annual General Meeting in Penticton last month. It was a full two days of learning, sharing, and connecting. Below is a review of some key items for those that weren’t there (and those who might appreciate a recap). Annual Report At the AGM, I shared The Federat ...Read More

Addressing Recruitment & Retention: Addressing Recruitment & Retention: The Social Services Labour Market Research Project

Over the past few months, The Federation and our partners at the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association of BC (CSSEA) have been conducting labour market research to ...Read More