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Message from the Chair

 

I am pleased to serve as your new Board Chair for the year 2021-22. I’m stepping into this role closer to the other end of what has been a tumultuous and exhausting navigation of COVID-19: interpreting PHO instructions; pivoting services; ever-changing staffing implications; continuous planning ahead; and ensuring the safety and wellness of our staff, clients and communities. My gratitude to Fernando Coelho and the Board, and to Gentil Mateus and CSSEA staff for what they were able to pursue and accomplish during the last 20 months of a global pandemic.

Turning our thoughts to what lies ahead, 2022 marks the expiration of our current sectoral collective agreements. As we await the provincial government’s official bargaining mandate, the sector’s Bargaining Team has undertaken considerable work to survey the membership on key objectives, as well as refine our Bargaining Plan. This behind-the-scenes preparation ensures we can be ready the moment parties are called to the bargaining table.

2022 also signals the expiration of our current strategic plan. The Board and Panels will review the tactical accomplishments of the last three years and determine key focus areas that will drive CSSEA for the next three years and beyond. As part of our 2019-22 Strategic Plan, CSSEA begun the important work of being a meaningful ally with Truth and Reconciliation; I’m excited to see what we continue to learn and apply during this shared journey towards self-determination and self-definition.

As we look ahead to the next 12 months, I am eager to roll up my sleeves and work with my fellow Board representatives, panel members, government and CSSEA staff to ensure we make decisions that strengthen the capacity of social services employers to effectively serve British Columbians. I invite all members to engage in this conversation and welcome questions or comments to be e-mailed to me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.