November 2017 First Call Coalition Meeting Agenda

First Call Coalition Meeting
BC Teachers’ Federation Building, 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Wednesday, January 11, 2016
9:15 to 11:30 am – Refreshments served at 9 am


1. Welcome and introductions

2. First Call updates

  • Fostering Change Youth Policy Solutions Day in Victoria
  • Provincial Poverty Reduction Advisory Forum appointments
  • ECD Roundtable
  • Refugee transportation loans
  • 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

3. Kinship Care, Carol Madsen and Jane Bouey, Parent Support Services Society

4. Input/Outreach for 2018 Youth Homeless Count, Peer-Daniel Krause, BC Non-Profit Housing Association

5. Member updates

6. Adjournment


Community Presentations October 2017

  • Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House, Community Action Network participants and leaders
  • Sunny Hill Health Centre, BCASW members, social workers and students
  • Health Sciences Association, Committee on Equality and Social Action grants committee
  • BC Legislature Youth Policy Solutions Day, MLAs, youth in/from foster care and allies

Recent Publications

October: First Call 2018 Provincial Budget Submission: Respecting Child & Youth Rights with Timely Investments

October: Letter to Finance Minister Carol James and MLA Andrew Weaver on Child Care omission in 2017 BC Budget

October: First Call letter to Minister of Health Adrian Dix regarding 2016 reduction in outdoor play space requirements

October: Supporting youth ‘aging out’ of care in British Columbia: Recommendations for change and extended support

November: Letter to Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and MLA Andrew Weaver urging action on Child Care commitments in 2018 BC Budget

Media Hits

Roundhouse Radio: International Day to Eradicate Poverty

Tyee: Youth in Care Want Politicians to Follow Up on Promises

Oak Bay News: Rally held for B.C. youth aging out of foster care

Times Colonist: Young people who were in care seek better services after aging out

CBC: Ministry ‘working hard’ to increase support for youth aging out of care

Times Colonist: Editorial: Young voices get a hearing

Vancouver Sun: B.C. names 27 people to poverty reduction forum

Vancouver Foundation magazine: Rallying British Columbians to advocate for youth aging out of foster care

CBC: Advocates encouraged by B.C. poverty reduction strategy

CityTV/OMNI: Interview with Adrienne Montani, comments on role of Poverty Reduction Forum (no link)