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CEO Update - November 2017

2017 AGM and Conference

We thank all who attended our 2017 AGM and Conference, Strength in Diversity, and for contributing to making it a success. Available workshop presentations have been uploaded onto the conference website. We congratulate our 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients and invite members to view the video vignettes of each recipient on our awards website. Those who have not filled out the conference evaluations that were emailed to attendees at the end of each day can still do so until November 30. General comments can also be sent to Doris Sun, Manager of Communications, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 AGM and Conference, taking place October 9-11, in Vancouver at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel.

2017-2019 Board and Panels

The 2017-2019 Board and Panel members were selected at CSSEA’s recent Annual General Meeting in Kelowna. We are pleased to announce your divisional and board representatives (Note: newly elected and newly appointed members’ names are in bold):

Aboriginal Services
Chair - Bernadette Spence, Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society
Kathleen Bennett, Executive Director, Northwest Inter-Nation Family and Community Services Society
Lyndale George, Co-Executive Director, Haida Child and Family Services Society
Colleen Lucier, Executive Director, Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family & Community Services Society
Judy Smith, Executive Director, La Société de les Enfants Michif (Métis Family Services)
Colleen Spier, Executive Director Island Métis Family & Community Services Society
Karen Wainwright, Co-Executive Director, Haida Child and Family Services Society

Community Living Services
Chair, Tammy Khanna, Executive Director, Independent Living Housing Society of Greater Victoria
Vice Chair, Dawn Hein, Executive Director, Mission Association for Community Living
Janice Barr, Executive Director, Richmond Society for Community Living
Fernando Coelho, Chief Executive Officer, posAbilities Association of British Columbia
Tony Laing, Executive Director, Penticton & District Society for Community Living
Tanya Sather, Executive Director, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion
Ellen Tarshis, Executive Director, Victoria Association for Community Living
Julie Unger, Executive Director, Chilliwack Society for Community Living

General Services
Chair - Diane Entwistle, Chief Executive Officer, Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs
Vice Chair - Rod Santiago, Executive Director, Abbotsford Community Services Society
Sanjay Gulati, Executive Director, Mission Community Services Society
Deborah Joyce, Executive Director, District 69 Family Resource Association
Vicki Kipps, Executive Director, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services
Judy Valsonis, Executive Director, Touchstone Family Association
Lois Wynne, Executive Director, Sea to Sky Community Services Society
David Young, Executive Director, Sources Community Resources Society


Board of Directors
Chair, David Young, Executive Director, Sources Community Resources Society
Vice-Chair, Fernando Coelho, Chief Executive Officer, posAbilities Association of British Columbia
Treasurer, Deborah Joyce, Executive Director, District 69 Family Resource Association
Janice Barr, Executive Director, Richmond Society for Community Living
Dawn Hein, Executive Director, Mission Association for Community Living
Michael Lord, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services Division, Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
Seonag Macrae, Chief Executive Officer, Community Living British Columbia
Chris Rathbone, Executive Director, Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat, Victoria
Bernadette Spence, Chief Executive Officer , Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society


2019 Bargaining Committee

Members of the 2019 Bargaining Committee were elected during the panel meetings that took place at CSSEA’s recent AGM. The Bargaining Committee will represent members of their respective divisions, report to divisional members on the progress of bargaining and, if required, liaise with their division to obtain feedback, comments and input. We thank the following members for agreeing to take on this important role:

Aboriginal Services
Bernadette Spence, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (other members to be determined)

General Services
Diane Entwistle, Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs
Deborah Joyce, District 69 Family Resource Association
Judy Valsonis, Touchstone Family Association
Sanjay Gulati, Mission Community Services Society (Alternate)

Community Living Services
Fernando Coelho, posAbilities Association of British Columbia
Tammy Khanna, Independent Living Housing Society of Greater Victoria
Tanya Sather, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI)
Janice Barr, Richmond Society for Community Living (Alternate)

AGM Resolutions

Three Resolutions and a Special Resolution were passed at this year’s AGM. The Special Resolution involved the acceptance of the amendments to CSSEA’s Constitution and Bylaws, as endorsed by CSSEA’s Board in March 2017, and which bring our Constitution and Bylaws into compliance with the new Societies Act. Three other resolutions were passed that originated at the divisional meetings:

  1. BE IT RESOLVED THAT The CSSEA Board of Directors ensure that the 2019 Provincial Collective Agreement be fully funded and the funding captures all costs.
  2. BE IT RESOLVED THAT CSSEA be proactive in providing LR/HR ongoing training for managers at local agencies.
  3. BE IT RESOLVED THAT CSSEA endeavours to secure funding to develop and implement a province-wide recruitment and retention strategy.

CSSEA staff will be working with the Board and stakeholders to meet the spirit and intent of the resolutions and will report back to the membership.


Economic Stability Dividend

Statistics Canada recently published its 2016 provincial GDP data, confirming BC’s economy grew by 3.5% in 2016. This exceeds the province’s forecast of 2.7% provided by the Economic Forecast Council and means that unionized public sector employees covered by agreements settled under the Economic Stability Mandate will receive an additional pay increase of 0.4%, beginning in February 2018.

CSSEA will be meeting with the unions to finalize the February 1, 2018 wage grids.

2016 Employee Turnover Report by Classification

CSSEA is pleased to share the 2016 Employee Turnover Report by Classification, as well as the one-page Highlights. The report provides an overview of employee turnover in BC’s social services sector by job classification. We thank those who completed the 2016 Compensation and Employee Turnover Survey, from which we were able to obtain the data for this report. This report and others can also be accessed online through the Social Services Workforce Information System.


Invitation to Provide Feedback on $15 Minimum Wage

The provincial government has recently created a Fair Wages Commission, which will begin a process of public engagement on the pathway to a $15 minimum wage in BC. Organizations and individuals are invited to attend regional meetings on the topic and to provide feedback to the commission by email before December 7, 2017. The meeting schedule, as well as information on how to make a written submission, are available at: engage.gov.bc.ca/fairwagescommission

Communications Contact

Doris Sun
Manager of Communications
604.601.3110
604.319.5010
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