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.

Guiding the future of BC’s Representative for Children and Youth Act

Some of you may know that The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth is reviewing our province’s Representative for Children and Youth Act. As part of this process, the committee has invited British Columbians to participate and make submissions to help guide the committee’s review. The Federation clearly understands the importance of this legislation […]

The February Social Policy Forum: Changing attitudes about social care

A few years ago, we started talking about The Federation as being part of a movement—a movement that views caring as a foundational principle of humanity and puts such caring at the center of social policy. That movement is slowly growing and it needs your voice. Next month, The Federation is hosting our second annual […]

Altogether better: the value of caring

I want to end 2016 on a positive note. I want to take a moment to celebrate all the wonderful things that Federation members do every day, all year long. Beyond the various job descriptions we hold, everything we do as part of this federation moves our province in the direction of greater inclusion, equality, […]

Project updates: MCFD policies, innovation, and funding guide template

Day in and day out, The Federation staff team focuses on a number of projects, initiatives, requests, and organizational goals. We bring forward issues and concerns, as well as possible solutions, to policy makers and politicians on behalf of our members. We are in constant contact with partners and allies in order to better engage […]

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 […]