Representative Bernard Richard and Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux today completed the signing of a comprehensive protocol agreement which has the purpose of ensuring a clear, mutual understanding of their organizations’ respective roles and mandates regarding communication and information sharing.
Bernard Richard has been confirmed by the British Columbia Legislature as the province’s second Representative for Children and Youth.
Richard’s appointment was confirmed today in a unanimous vote of MLAs for a five-year term as Representative, pursuant to section 2 of the Representative for Children and Youth Act. Prior
to confirmation, he served as Acting Representative since Nov. 27, 2016.
On March 1, 2016, the Legislative Assembly appointed the Special Committee to Appoint a Representative for Children and Youth to select and unanimously recommend the appointment of a Representative, pursuant to section 2 of the Representative for Children and Youth Act, S.B.C. 2006, C. 29.
The Committee is now seeking applications for the position of Representative for Children and Youth. Applications must be received by Friday, May 6, 2016. This position's responsibilities and duties are outlined in the Representative for Children and Youth Act, S.B.C. 2006, C. 29.
Dawn Thomas-Wightman has been named Acting Deputy Representative for Children and Youth in British Columbia, Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond announced this week.
Thomas-Wightman brings nearly 20 years of direct experience in child welfare through her various roles with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), delegated Aboriginal Agencies (DAAs) and the Representative’s Office. She takes over from former Deputy John Greschner, who moves into a new position as Executive Lead, External Relations and Strategic Direction at the RCY.
Our purpose in writing is twofold: we urge you to discuss at the upcoming meeting of the Council of the Federation the national tragedy reflected in the disproportionate number of Aboriginal children taken into government care across Canada; and, we encourage you to attend to this crucial issue by developing specific national solutions.
The Representative’s letter to the federal Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism regarding the importance of the Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) and other programs for immigrant and refugee youth.