Weekly Update Blog

In a fast-paced sector constantly changing, our members need regular information and updates on policy changes, government priorities, research, and program updates. That’s why our Executive Director posts a sector update each week for all of our members. Those posts appear here the following week.

Federation Projects & Issues Update

Since the spring, The Federation team has been focusing a lot of our time and attention on supporting you and your organizations through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But there remain many other very important issues and projects that we are also working on. We understand that many of the issues Federation members were facing before […]

Cabinet Ministers and their Mandates

Last week, Premier Horgan announced his new cabinet and released the mandate letters for each minister. The Federation board and staff team had been eagerly awaiting this information and, in the days since the announcement, have been in high gear. We have been reviewing the mandates for each social care ministry through our strategic lens […]

The 2020 Annual General Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended The Federation’s 2020 Annual General Meeting last week. While the meeting looked and functioned a little different from past AGMs, we managed to cover a lot of ground and our staff team and Board of Directors did a remarkable job of pacing, organizing, and including everything and everyone that […]

The Federation’s 2020 Annual Report

This year’s annual report explores what Altogether better really means. The reason those two words show up so often on our website and our branded materials is that they actually say a lot about our values and the approach we take in our work. We are committed to exemplifying those values in everything we do—being […]

Two more steps toward reconciliation and resurgence

The two of us—Tanya and Rick, your President and Executive Director—have often talked about the winding circuitous routes that led us to where we are today and resulted in us working together at this Federation. One of us (Rick) actually grew up in the American south. When you come from a state that sits below […]

Remembering what is most important

You and I and every other British Columbian will be voting for the next provincial government between now and October 24th. This election may look and feel a little different than those in the past, but the fundamental issues that we will be deciding—the options before us and the values that are at play—are very […]

BC Provincial Election Posters

Historically, low voter turnout often leads to government decision-making that prioritizes the needs of the elite at the expense of marginalized or vulnerable community members. So The Federation is encouraging our member organizations, their staff, and clients to get out and vote. To help our members spread the word about the importance of voting, we […]

Things to remember in tough times

Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, increasing action and attention around racial justice and police violence, and the blanket of smoke resulting from the tragic fires wreaking havoc in California, Oregon, and Washington, I am reminded of the extent to which we are all inextricably connected on this small planet of ours. And this confluence of […]

Funding for Training, Health & Safety

Back in February, 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 would include funds specifically earmarked for Indigenous organizations, domestic violence, home […]

A commitment to caring

Over the past few months, in the midst of this giant, challenging mess we all find ourselves in, The Federation team has been talking to our members every week—on calls, and virtual meetings, and weekly check-ins on Thursdays. Hearing our member’s voices has been truly enriching and hopeful. It has been a weird benefit to […]