First Call Monthly Updates

February 2017 Monthly Update


First Call 2017 fundraising gala – Living Wage Campaign reaches Port Coquitlam – CRA reconsiders restrictions on Canadian charities – and more!

February 2017

Welcome to the monthly update on First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC.

Highlights this month include:

  • We paid tribute to Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
  • Coalition submissions to the RYC Act review
  • First Call out and about
  • First Call in the news
  • First Call correspondence and publications

Read on to learn more!

Yours for children and youth,
Julie, John, Adrienne and Deanna

TOGETHER WE CELEBRATE MARY ELLEN TURPEL-LAFOND

A hero to so many of us, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond delivered a powerful and stirring speech at First Call’s successful annual fundraising gala last week, where provincial coordinator Adrienne Montani presented her with First Call’s Champion for Child & Youth Rights Award.

Video of Mary Ellen’s talk is now online, along with guest speakers that include former Minister of Children and Family Development Mary McNeil, MLA Melanie Mark, former youth in care Jess Boon and Grand Chief Doug Kelly, president of the Stó:lo Tribal Council.

The warmest of thanks must go out to everyone who made this event possible: First Call’s beloved team of volunteers, the hundreds of coalition members and supporters who attended the gala, MC Kathryn Gretsinger—and of course, to the generous sponsors of such a memorable evening: Vancity, United Way of the Lower Mainland, Hospital Employees’ Union, UFCW 1518 and Coast Capital Savings.

Take a moment to see the many great photos taken during the evening, and Fred Lee’s highlights in his Vancouver Courier column.

Thank you!

COALITION SUBMISSIONS TO THE RYC ACT REVIEW

Several coalition members, including the BC Association of Social Workers, BCGEU, West Coast LEAF and First Call, each made a submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth’s recent review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act.

First Call made seven recommendations in its submission, which can be found here.

FIRST CALL OUT AND ABOUT

Deanna Ogle has been plowing along on the Living Wage for Families campaign, visiting, speaking and doing outreach with employers that include HiVE, Vancity, living wage communities throughout Alberta, Canadian Labour Congress Winter School, City of Richmond, and, most recently in a large telephone town hall with educators across BC.

First Call Steering Committee co-chair Cheryl Mixon spoke about our advocacy campaigns in mid-February to members of the Health Sciences Association.

FIRST CALL IN THE NEWS

Vancouver Sun: Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority
CBC On the Coast: Poverty hard on B.C. students and teachers, educator says
Vancouver Courier: Mayor blames province for ‘war on the poor’
The Tyee: Raw Logs and Lost Jobs: How the BC Government Has Sacrificed Forest Communities
Vancouver Courier: Fred UnLEEshed: Feb. 27, 2017: Fred Lee celebrates with women entrepreneurs, First Call B.C. and Best of the City
Maytree: Securing fair employment and income: Where Living Wage and the Fight for $15 and Fairness intersect

FIRST CALL CORRESPONDENCE AND PUBLICATIONS

February 2017: First Call Submission to the Review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act
February 2017: Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority