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CEO Update - April 2022

Awards of Excellence – Final Days to Nominate

Members are reminded that there is now just over one week remaining to nominate an individual for this year’s Community Social Services Awards of Excellence. The awards will be held in person for the first time in two years, and would be a wonderful venue to acknowledge the hard work of individuals working in BC’s publicly funded community social services sector. Nominations are being accepted online until 5pm on April 22 and the awards will be presented in Vancouver at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel on October 24. For more details on nominee categories, previous recipients, nomination questions and more, go to our awards website. If you have further questions, please contact Doris Sun, Director of Communications, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We wish all nominees the best of luck.

2022 Bargaining

On March 31 the General Services, Community Living Services and Indigenous Services collective agreements expired and in the interim, the terms of the 2019-2022 agreements remain in effect until new agreements are successfully negotiated. On April 7, after 34 days of interest-based bargaining, CSSEA tabled a three-year comprehensive monetary proposal. The goals are to ensure stability in the sector and a continued prioritization of recruitment and retention, with application of low wage redress to eliminate the wage gap with health. We don’t expect a response from the union bargaining association until we meet again on May 16. Negotiations in our sector are further complicated because another public sector table negotiation has also reached an impasse, with both sides significantly apart on wages. All indications suggest this round of bargaining will likely take longer than previous rounds.

Community Social Services Health and Safety Association of BC – Notification of AGM

Members are informed that the Community Social Services Health & Safety Association of BC (the Association) will be holding its inaugural Annual General Meeting on May 4 from 5pm to 7pm. You are invited to attend the virtual session, which will be broadcast from Vancouver. Registration for the event can be made at this link.

As part of the AGM, the Association will be announcing its first Board of Directors. If you are interested in contributing your knowledge and strategic expertise to shape the direction of the Association in these crucial early years, you are encouraged to put your name forward by April 21. Ideal Board member attributes include: expertise in community social services, collaborative working style, global thinker and interest in supporting health and safety at the sector level. (In accordance with the Societies Act, all nominees must indicate their willingness to stand for appointment in writing.) If employers are interested in putting their names forward, please contact Fiona Senyk, Health and Safety Coordinator, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Association Chair Vacancy

The Community Social Services Health and Safety Association of BC is seeking an independent Chair to lead the organization. The three-year term position will include duties such as chairing Council meetings, facilitating AGMs, setting and implementing the Association’s strategic plans, working with and fostering collaboration with board members, reviewing budgets and providing support/direction to the Director.

The qualities/qualifications of the successful candidate include:

  • independent person who is not currently an employer, employee or a union representative in the community social services sector;
  • proven provincial level experience in governance;
  • expertise in board facilitation and collaboration with multiple stakeholders including, but not limited to, employers, workers and government;
  • understanding of occupational health & safety, and the role of WorkSafeBC;
  • sound comprehension of organization budget; and
  • knowledge of the complexity and diversity of the community social services sector.

Further details will be provided to interested applicants regarding roles, responsibilities and compensation. Interested applicants are encouraged to forward their resume directly to Satvinder Basran, Association Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 21.

2022 Compensation and Employee Turnover Report

For members looking for advice and tips on how to complete the 2022 Compensation and Employee Turnover Report, you can still register for the last remaining online orientation session. The complimentary session will be taking place April 20 from 10am to noon and during that session, members will receive answers to any questions related to report completion. We thank you for taking the time to provide your submissions and look forward to receiving completed reports by the deadline of May 31. If you have any questions, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Communications Contact

Doris Sun
Director of Communications
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