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 will include board elections for the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, and six Directors at Large. This is an excellent opportunity for members to get more involved with The Federation, engage with the Board, and influence the direction of our organization over the years to come.

The AGM will also include time for us to welcome MCFD Deputy Minister Lori Wannamaker who will speak about the Ministry’s ongoing work to implement their Multi-Year Action Plan (MYAP). A recording of the Deputy’s webinar presentation to The Federation is available here.

I will also share The Federation’s 2017 annual report at the AGM. My presentation will review our organization’s past year, highlight some key activities, and map out what is ahead for The Federation—particularly in relation to the results of the upcoming provincial election.

I will also share some stories about the young people that benefited from our Youth Education Bursary this year (see more on the bursary below!) and we will take the time to welcome new Federation members and honour some of our members who are retiring.

We will be sharing more details about Thursday’s Reconciliation in Action Conference in the coming weeks. In the meantime, get a head start on your planning by reserving accommodations for you and your staff at the Penticton Lakeside Resort by calling their reservation line (1-800-663-9400) or emailing Just let them know you are attending the Federation of Community Social Services of BC June 2017 event.

I look forward to seeing you in Penticton!

Youth Education Bursary Silent Auction returns!

The June Conference and Annual General Meeting will see the return of a Federation favourite: the Youth Education Bursary Silent Auction! Past Silent Auctions have served as some of the best fundraisers for the bursary program. We are bringing back this popular fundraiser so even more youth can benefit from the Youth Education Bursary.

As such, we are calling for items from members and allies for the silent auction. The majority of our fundraising efforts come from our members (and the bursary program is a great opportunity to help support BC’s youth in care). Contact to donate an item to the Youth Education Bursary.