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March 26, 2021

In this issue:

CEO Report

This week I wanted to focus on an essential piece of research called the Social Service Labour Market Research Project. The project was funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, and lead by the Federation of Community Social Services of BC, the Community Social Services Employers Association of BC, and the Social Planning and Research Council of BC. 

ASPECT served on the advisory committee, and many of our members participated in the research conducted in 2019. The results timelessly fill a void in academic investigation.

Research Questions:
  • What is the current state of employment in BC’s community social services sector?

  • What labour market data is needed to fill in the gaps of what we know about the community social services sector in BC?

  • What are the recruitment and retention issues within the community social services sector in BC? (from p. 5)

  The research revealed the following:
  • Social services organizations are experiencing an increasing degree of complexity in their work—in the needs of clients, in their funding, and in the recruitment and retention of their employees and volunteers.

  • There is ample room for improvement when it comes to education and training within the social services sector.

  • Organizations are struggling to meet multiple and growing service demands with the limited time and resources currently available to them.

  • There is a lot of potential in terms of how people understand the sector and are welcomed into the sector as employees or volunteers and there is a lot of interest from those already within the sector to improve how this is done. (from p.8 )

The report confirms much of what we already knew about the impact of cyclical funding and the resulting challenges to attract and retain qualified staff. Check out a Data Aggregate version of the report, too. 

Anyone negotiating contracts that include staff compensation and/or those who search for words to describe the labour market inequities within the sector will find the report to be a gold mine of information. There is a lot to unpack in this information-rich report that I hope you'll take a moment to read.

Janet Morris-Reade


Upcoming AGM & ASPECT Member Meetings

There will be no Member Discussion on March 31st. 

However, RSVP now for the ASPECT Virtual Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 7th at 1 pm. 

Please click on the links below to access the AGM documents:

  1. Agenda
  2. Minutes from the 2018-2019 AGM held March 17, 2020
  3. Slate of Directors
  4. Proxy Form
  5. Financial Review 2019-2020 (one will be sent upon request)
  6. Provide Feedback to the Board

Our next Member Discussion meeting is on April 14, 2021, at 1:00 pm.

We discuss a wide variety of topics including funder updates, client and employer outreach, best practices, and brainstorm challenges. Each week brings something new. See some of the resources below that evolved out of a conversation about essential skills.


Brief Action Planning is a self-management support approach to help people make action plans to address the aspects of their health or situation that are most important to them.

It is a practical and highly structured technique that is based on the literature and evolving understanding of what works and doesn’t to help people change.

Brief Action Planning is designed to:

  • Incorporate the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (compassion, acceptance, partnership, and evocation)
  • Use a stepped care approach
  • Use a person- and family-centred health care approach
  • Build Self-Efficacy
  • Develop skills for independent self-management
  • Create concrete and realistic plans in under 10 minutes

Attendees will learn some practical tools for action planning and giving information and advice to use in busy environments.  The tools are based on evolving literature about what works and what does not work to help people change.

About the Presenter: 

Sam Burnett is dedicated to building constructive and collaborative opportunities for growth and development within teams and across organizations. He works with organizations to design skill and capacity-building programs that improve their services and functioning.


Cost: $25 for ASPECT members, $40 for non-members

Register Now

Free Mental Health Workshops - Metro Vancouver Area

Calling all Metro Vancouver non-profits serving vulnerable populations: The Canadian Mental Health Agency in Vancouver invites you to apply for free mental health workshops for managers and employers, being offered virtually from April through June.

The Respond with Respect (RWR) workshops normally cost up to $3,500 a person, but are being offered free to community social services in the Vancouver region through a Vancouver Foundation grant. Seats are limited and it's first-come, first-served, so jump on this one if it's got your interest. ontact Tara Sudbury at the CMHA at 236-317-3349 or email  

CMHA is inviting organizations to fill up an entire 15-person class if you can. Topics being explored for managers include the language of stigma, Duty to Inquire, healthy boundaries, accommodation and more, while employees' workshops explore the mental health continuum, the impact of mental health, and stigma.


Fast-Tracking Career Development in BC

The BC Prior Learning Action Network just released its Spring newsletter and not only are they offering free webinars this season, but they have also created a new infographic that explains the work they do. 

PLAR 101

Information about their Webinar Series

This spring BCPLAN launched its first webinar called Prior Learning Assessment Options for Career Advancement on March 10, presented by Susan Forseille from Thompson Rivers University. Access a recording on our website along with presentations from other organizations. 

The next BCPLAN webinar is on April 28 called Economic Impact of Prior Learning Assessment in BC. It will be presented by Dr. Kevin Wainwright and Justine Arsenault from BCIT. Click here to register for this free webinar.

Essential Skills Resources

Thank you to Donna Desmet with North Island Employment Foundations Society (NIEFS) for sending this list of resources as a follow-up from one of the ASPECT members' virtual discussions.

Please review the links below for some free links for access to information on Essential Skills:

Douglas College

Work BC



Information related to the review of Essential Skills framework – (Section 3 - rebranding as Skills for Success)


Professional Development

Life Strategies Online

Researching Workplace Trends, Career Information, and Employment Possibilities 
(March 31 – April 13) $375.00 
Job Developer 
(March 24 -April 27) $595.00

CERIC Webinars
March 29 & April 12, 2021 - A Free CERIC Webinar Series 
New!  - On-Demand Webinars Series

BCCDA Conference
Collection of Online Presentations

Starting April 27 - June 3, 2021
More information

2021 BC Labour Market Conference
June 10 & 11 2021 - Virtual

CASE Conference

September 28, 29 and 30, 2021
More information

ASPECT Conference 2021
2-Day Virtual Event
November 4 & 5, 2021
Extreme Early Bird Registration Open until March 31, 2021
Call for Presenters Coming April


News & Reports

If you are an ASPECT member, send us your news. Not a member? Join us

Comox Valley Record, March 24, 2021
Member in the News!, March 24, 2021, March 24, 2021

Business in Vancouver, March 24, 2021, March 24, 2021, March 24, 2021

CTV News, March 24, 2021


MY PG NOW, March 23
Members in the News!


Human Resources Online, March 23, 2021


Financial Post, March 23, 2021


CTV News Vancouver, March 23, 2021

Foundry Terrace Officially Opens
Terrace Standard, March 19, 2021
Member in the News!

Job Postings

If you are an ASPECT member, fill out the form here to submit your job posting. Not a member? Join us

Research Assistant 
ASPECT BC, Victoria/Virtual
Closes April 5, 2021

Fundraising Officer / Fund Developer – PICS Diversity Village
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society, Surrey
Open until filled 


Employment Counsellor
Coast Mental Health, Vancouver 
Open Until Closes


Youth Worker (Casual)
Coast Mental Health, Vancouver 
Open Until Filled


Community Support Worker 
Delta Community Living Society, Delta
Open Until Filled


Specialized Employment Counsellor - Youth/Youth at Risk
North Island Employment Campbell River
Open Until Filled 

Job Developer, WorkBC Programs
MOSAIC Chilliwack  
Open Until Filled


Finance Manager
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, Victoria
Open Until Filled   


 Manager of Employment Programs
John Howard Society of Victoria, Victoria
Open Until Filled 


Trail Employment Resource Advisor
Kootenay Career Development Society Nelson, Castlegar
Open Until Filled  


Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, Assessment & Planning
March of Dimes Canada, Victoria 
Open Until Filled 


Employment Counsellor
North Island Employment. Campbell River
Open Until Filled

Finance Assistant (Housing)
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Vancouver, BC
Open Until March/29/2021


Finance Assistant (Social Services)
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Vancouver, BC 
Open Until March/29/2021 

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Surrey, BC 
Open Until March/29/2021 


Settlement Practitioner 
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminster
Open Until March/26/2021 


Settlement Practitioner
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Tri-Cities
Open Until March/26/2021 

Persons with Disabilities Employment Skills Training
Buxton Consulting Ltd. Fraser Valley 
Open Until Filled 


ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Employment and Training Programs
YWCA Metro Vancouver Vancouver/Remote
Open Until March/26/2021

Instructor - LINC, CLB 5, PM Shift
Open Until March/26/2021 


S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Coquitlam, BC
Open Until March/29/2021 

Mission Community Skills Centre Society, Virtual 
Open Until Filled


Job Developer
Mission Community Skills Centre Society, TBA
Open Until Filled 


Program Assistant, Fast Track to Infrastructure Construction
MOSAIC, Burnaby
Open Until Filled, April/2/2021 


Coordinator, Fast Track to Infrastructure Construction
MOSAIC, Burnaby
Open Until Filled, April/2/2021 


Facilitator - Employment Counsellor - Job Coach for Survivors of Violence
Triangle Community Resources Inc, Fraser Valley
Open Until Filled


Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Coordinator 
|nter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, Victoria
Open Until April/9/2021


Program Manager
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Vancouver
Open Until April/2/2021 


Business Coach
S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Burnaby
Open Until April/2/2021 


Content Strategist
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Content Strategist
Open Until April/2/2021 


EYE - Self-Employment Facilitator Business Coach 
Mission Community Skills Centre Society
Open Until Filled


EYE - Program Assistant
Mission Community Skills Centre Society
Open Until Filled

Contact Chris Block for details. 

Delta Pacific Benefit Brokers Ltd. 
300-6935 120th St. 
Delta BC, V4E2A8
604-590-0680 ext. 103
1-877-231-4899 ext. 103
We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the ASPECT office stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. 
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