Partners & Stakeholders

ASPECT is an active and respected member of associations, foundations, charitable organizations, institutes and other guiding bodies in the community based employability training sector. ASPECT representatives also serve leadership roles on councils and committees here in BC and across Canada.

ASPECT is a Respected Leader in Career and Employability Guidance

ASPECT is a founding member of CCCBET, a national, non-profit organization comprised of representatives of provincial associations with a goal of representing the sector to the federal government and to help community-based trainers become known world-wide for excellence in client-centered training and employment services. Through our membership in CCCBET, ASPECT has collaborated with sister organizations in Ontario (OneStep) and Quebec (RQUODE) to share information on government policies and delivery mechanisms.CCCBET also provides an umbrella for contracts with the federal government for research (such as the HR Study on Community Based Training) and evolving labour market issues, such as the national and provincial Dialogues on Immigrant Employment.

ASPECT is a supporting organization of this national charitable organization which advances education and research in career counselling and career development. ASPECT and CERIC provide mutual support and promotion of our organizations, resulting in reduced rates at the annual CANNEXUS Conference for ASPECT members.

CAPLA is committed to advancing the awareness, acceptance, and quality practice of prior learning assessment and recognition in Canada and internationally. Norma Strachan, ASPECT’s current CEO, serves as chair on the Strategic Advisory Panel for CAPLA which supports collaboration, provides a forum for dialogue, and coordinates activities to strengthen the effective recognition of all learning for Canadians.

Norma Strachan, current CEO of ASPECT, has been appointed by three successive Ministers of Social Development and Social Innovation to Chair the committee.
ASPECT works in collaboration and in support of the work of other provincial organizations such as DECODA (literacy), AMSSA (immigrant settlement services) and the Federation of Community Social Services of BC.

ASPECT is a member of CCDF and participated in the development of the National Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners. ASPECT supports the professional development of front line career counsellors evidenced in the design of our annual conference and workshops and collaborates provincially, nationally and internationally on certification and recognition.

ASPECT has attended four of the international conferences over the last twenty years, expanding our knowledge of international models of delivery and developing many valuable relationships with colleagues and other national associations in the international career and educational guidance community.

ASPECT is a founding member of BC PLAN and is committed to the recognition of formal and informal learning for individuals seeking employment opportunities. While official recognition of Prior Learning often may rest with public post-secondary institutions, ASPECT works to increase the ability of CBT’s to help clients develop portfolios to access the process. Because of ASPECT’s involvement, BC PLAN has a constitutional requirement to include community based agencies in their board and membership. Norma Strachan served as the Chair from 2011-2013.

BC Community Sustainable Social Services Association (BCCSSS): In 2014 the government of BC began a process to streamline administration.

ASPECT was chosen as one of four representatives of the non-profit sector for this Roundtable comprised of four Deputy Ministers, four Union reps and four community social service representatives. The Roundtable was initiated through the Ministry of Children and Family Development in 2014 with a stated purpose to introduce innovation and increase sustainability of the social service sector through more effective administration.

Sustainability and Innovation Roundtable: Formed by the government of BC in 2014 with a stated purpose to introduce innovation to the government and non- profit sector in order to increase sustainability (and reduce administrative costs.

ASPECT was chosen as one of four representatives of the non-profit sector for this Roundtable comprised of four Deputy Ministers, four Union reps and four community social service representatives. The Roundtable was initiated through the Ministry of Children and Family Development in 2014 with a stated purpose to introduce innovation and increase sustainability of the social service sector through more effective administration.

ASPECT is a long time member of both the BC and the Greater Victoria Chambers of Commerce.