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.
The Representative’s letter to all of B.C.’s members of Parliament and senators in support of Marc Garneau’s private member’s bill, An Act to establish the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young Persons in Canada.
The Representative’s submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which highlights the inter-generational impact of residential schools on today’s children and discusses the importance of using concepts of children’s human rights as a useful framework for reconciliation and preventing harm to current and future generations of Aboriginal children.