As part of Community Social Services Awareness Month, BCGEU has just launched a new “Community Social Services Matters” website that profiles frontline workers from across the province. Members from many parts of the sector are invited to share stories about how they make a difference in their communities. Visit: http://communitysocialservicesmatter.ca/
“We want to advocate for the sector straight from the front lines, but we need Community Social Service workers to tell their stories about making a real difference in people’s lives,” explains BCGEU Vice President for Community Social Services, Andrea Duncan.
“We intervene, help and support the most vulnerable. We make a difference every day. These stories matter. We want to share them, and show how important our work is,” Duncan says.
Submitting a worker profile is easy, takes no more than 10 minutes, and is done entirely online.
Simply click this link, enter some information and answer a few easy questions like “what is your best story of making a difference at work?” or “what part of your work do people compliment you on?”
Members are encouraged to include a photo in front of their workplace as part of their submission, which will be reviewed, edited and posted on the website.
At the initiative of the BCGEU, the Province of British Columbia officially proclaims March as Community Social Services Awareness Month every year.
To read the 2015 Community Social Services Awareness Month proclamation, click here.
Over 8,000 BCGEU members work in community-based social services, including in community living, aboriginal services, women and family services, child care, shelters, and many other types of community-based programs.
BCGEU is the largest community social service union in the province, representing about two-thirds of all unionized workers.