Having this specialized unit is so crucial to ensuring the wellbeing of infants in care. It is more and more difficult to live by our motto of ‘put kids first’ when the government’s constant cuts to funding and services continue to put them last." — Chrisy Tremblay, OPSEU Region 4 Executive Board Member
In his annual report, Corey o'Soup, Advocate for Children and Youth, notes that social services workers deal with complex and challenging cases, and that too often, government budget cuts undermine programs designed to improve the lives of at-risk children and youth.
“Given the difference a universal child care program like Quebec’s can make for young families, even the Fraser Institute should recognize that it’s irresponsible to spread inaccurate information about it. Sadly, that’s not the case” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"BCGEU/NUPGE and its members are committed to the safety and well-being of children and youth in care, and we intend to work as collaboratively with the new independent representative as we always have with his office.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
These dedicated workers want improved working conditions to help them better advocate for children and families." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"On behalf of all BCGEU/NUPGE members, I’d like to thank Mary Ellen for her service and the legacy of passion and commitment to our province’s most vulnerable that she leaves behind." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Because when you improve your working conditions, you will be improving the services that you provide to children and families...and we all know that's what this rally is all about." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Add your voice to ChewOnThis! and support a the creation of a federal anti-poverty plan.
"The Representative for Children and Youth has identified a lack of timely access to mental health services, a lack of proper assessment, miscommunication and a lack of coordination between services providers. These are all problems that are within the government’s ability to remedy if they have the will to act.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“I look forward to working with this new advisory council and the ministry to bring about overdue and meaningful improvements to our child welfare system, both within MCFD and within delegated Aboriginal agencies,” said President Smith.