Community Social Services Awareness month is a province-wide effort to raise awareness about the vital role of community social services – by taking the message out to communities across British Columbia!
Throughout the month of March, we're shining a spotlight on the important role community social services play in our lives and in our society as a whole. They make our communities stronger, healthier, and more stable.
BY DARRYL WALKER, SPECIAL TO THE VANCOUVER SUN
For over a decade, front-line services helping the most vulnerable British Columbians — adults with developmental disabilities, youths-at-risk, women fleeing violence — have been subject to funding cutbacks. This year, we are finally turning a corner thanks to the power of collective bargaining.
Virtually every family in B.C. has been touched by support from community-based social-service agencies. They care and provide support for the most vulnerable among us, such as youths in conflict with the law, aboriginal families, the mentally ill and addicts facing their demons.
The Province of B.C. officially recognizes March as Community Social Services Awareness Month. For us, this is an opportunity to recognize the work of these caring professionals ensuring no one is left behind, and celebrate our recent achievements for the sector.