September 2017 First Call Coalition Meeting Agenda

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
9:15 to 11:30 am
Refreshments served at 9:00 am


1. Welcome and introductions

2. First Call updates

  • Welcome new member: Foster Parent Support Services (Victoria and Vancouver Island), Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
  • New team member: Viveca Ellis
  • Fostering Change Youth Policy Solutions Day project and consultations
  • Child Labour Campaign grant
  • Living Wage for Families Campaign update
  • Presentations and publications (below)

3. New Child and Youth Legal Centre, Stephanie Howell, Society for Children and Youth of BC

4. Consultations with new BC government

  • Meetings with Minister Shane Simpson re poverty reduction strategy
  • Others?

5. Member updates

6. Adjournment


Community Presentations – May-August 2017

  • Victoria Day family event at Victoria Park, Vancouver, on child poverty
  • New Westminster & District Labour Council on living wage campaign
  • Vernon poverty conference keynote
  • Panel at St. George’s School, Vancouver, on child poverty
  • City of Vancouver living wage certification ceremony
  • Campaign 2000 national forum on federal poverty reduction strategy (by Skype)
  • Westcoast Family Centres AGM keynote

Recent Publications

June: As Word Spreads podcast episode 5 – All my kids in care
July: As Word Spreads podcast episode 6 – Our expectations for the new head of MCFD
First Call Submission to Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy consultation: Canada’s Chance to End Poverty, 2017 and Beyond
Joint First Call and BC Poverty Reduction Coalition submission to Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy from June consultation

Media Hits, May-August

43 recorded media hits on living wage, child poverty, income and disability rate increases, MCFD policy change wish list.