There isn't a family in B.C. that hasn't received support, or knows someone who's received support, from a Community Social Service (CSS) worker. Every day, they make sure some of our most vulnerable citizens are safe and cared for, and this is why the BC Government Services and Employees' Union (BCGEU) asked the Province of British Columbia once again to proclaim March as Community Social Services Awareness Month.
Caring Professionals in this sector provide supports, services, and resources to adults and children with developmental disabilities, women and children fleeing violence and Aboriginal families in need. They work in child care, youth services and more.
When it comes to some of the province's most pressing issues – from the fentanyl crisis to providing shelter to those suffering the worst effects of the housing affordability crisis – it's CSS workers who are working on the ground, and often the first to respond to those in need.
In recognition of this work, each March BCGEU president Stephanie Smith visits worksites around the province to meet more members and hear about the challenges they are facing. Joined by component 3 vice president Andrea Duncan and first vice chairperson Pamela Pye, this year they will visit members in Squamish, Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm.
The BCGEU has over 10,000 members in Community Social Services. Click here to view the 2018 Proclamation by the Province of British Columbia
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