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  • January 30, 2020 6:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you logged into one of our regional meetings in January and no one from ASPECT showed up, my deepest apologies to you. I picked up a rapidly progressing bug that shut down operations very suddenly and although I thought I had sent out notifications to those who had registered, I must have done something wrong because they didn't go out.  Again my apologies for any inconvenience my actions or in-actions may have caused you.

    We have rescheduled the remaining virtual ASPECT Member Regional Meetings to take place during the second week of February and I hope you'll join us. If you missed one of the previous regional meetings, please feel free to join us at any of the others.

    Please RSVP for one of the following virtual regional meetings:

    We've already had productive meetings with members from the Cariboo, Kootenay, Lower Mainland/Southwest, and North Coast & Nechako regions. The discussions were similar among the regions and clearly, there are areas ASPECT can take action. Once all the meetings take place, I will report back on what we've heard and ASPECT's plans for moving forward. Thank you to everyone whom has participated so far!

    Until then, I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming regional meetings.

    Janet Morris-Reade

  • January 17, 2020 11:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week I had the opportunity to be in Ottawa to attend a national stakeholder committee meeting for Supporting Canadians to Navigate Learning and Work. This project, which is supported by a grant to the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) and the Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), is reviewing and updating the competency framework for Career Development Practitioners. We are also looking at a possible national certification model and reviewing the code of conduct and ethics for Career Developers. If you attended one of our stakeholder sessions during last year's ASPECT Summit and ASPECT Conference, please know that your feedback was received and is an integral part of the work undertaken by the committee and project leaders.

    What struck me is how vital career development services are to the clients and what a rewarding career it can be for those who chose to practice the profession. It astounds me to see the courage of those career development professionals in the room to look at the current model and re-imagine it for the future of work. Everyone strived for the betterment of the profession and put jurisdictional "empire-building" aside. A truly collaborative environment!

    I was delighted to be sitting next to Lubica Keighly, Executive Director, and Natalia Bussard, President, from the BC Career Development Association (BCCDA). We discussed ways in which ASPECT can continue to, and further support the BCCDA. Our philosophy is that we are always stronger together, working to build excellence in career development.

    More information about the work of the National Committee will be released in the coming months. It's an exciting time for the future of work as well as the profession of career development practitioners who take up the mantle of this important work.

    Janet Morris-Reade

  • January 03, 2020 12:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Shortly before Christmas, the Labour Market Information Council released issue 22 of their newsletter called Understanding the Interconnectedness of the Future of Work: A Case Study in What's Wrong with Current Discussions, and I've finally had a chance to give it a good read. The paper suggests that what is being projected about the future of work may be based on "false or misinformed conclusions." Instead, we should be looking at the relationships between mega-trends. As an example, the writers look at the evolution of technology and demography, and posit that understanding the gaps from this perspective will provide policymakers with a better understanding of the future of work.

    At ASPECT, we follow policy work being undertaken throughout Canada and the world to inform its development with feedback from our members. What we receive from our members and share with others provides government with valuable practical knowledge of the employment programs, linking policy to practice. To this end, ASPECT is holding virtual regional meetings during January to check in with our members and to help build (or re-build) networks within the province. RSVP now at and join by video or telephone.

  • January 01, 2020 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy New Year!  

    Join Us Virtually for our
    ASPECT Member Regional Meetings 
    this January.


    Region map source:

    Grab your coffee or lunch and join us for a virtual regional meeting for ASPECT members. This facilitated discussion will include opportunities to:

    • Meet or reintroduce yourself to your neighbouring service providers. Good networking!
    • Find out what ASPECT has been up to on your behalf and what to expect in the coming months.
    • Voice your concerns and tell us how we can help.

    Sign up for the session in your region. Can't make that time? Then you are invited to attend any session that works in your calendar.

    1. Cariboo - January 16 @ 10am
    2. Kootenay - January 16 @ noon
    3. Lower Mainland/Southwest - January 21 @ 10am
    4. North Coast & Nechako - January 21 @ noon
    5. Northeast - January 22 @ 10am
    6. Thompson-Okanagan - January 22 @ noon
    7. Vancouver Island/Coast - January 23 @ noon

    Join us by video conference or teleconference and bring your co-workers!  

    Once you've RSVP'd, login details will be sent 3 days prior to the meeting.


    RSVP to one of our Regional Meetings Now!
  • December 20, 2019 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • December 13, 2019 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I just finished a whopping eight-page CEO report for the ASPECT board of directors. In it, I compare what I have done over the past month to the goals, targets, and initiatives set out in our Strategic Plan. I won't share the entire report with you right now, because that "exciting read" is saved for the board, but I thought you might like to know what we are doing.

    Strategic Goals 

    Advocate, Represent, Inform, and Build Capacity for our members. Financial Stability for ASPECT.

    In This Month's Report

    The type of activities and initiatives I have reported on this month are the following:

    1. Government: the who, what, where, why of conversations I have had with ministers, ministry staff, and public servants at the provincial and federal levels. This month, because of the ASPECT Conference and the social services sector forum, I reported on 11 conversations, not including several others I have had with public servants.
    2. Member contact and feedback on the issues, health of their organizations, introductions and connections, etc. We measure how we are doing by monitoring membership numbers, anecdotal feedback, and our annual member survey (coming soon). We are not able to undertake a physical member tour this year but will be announcing virtual regional meetings for January. What we hear in those meetings helps us act on your behalf.
    3. My stakeholder relations reports include boards and organizations on which boards I have a position, have met with, and/or attended their events. They are 3rd Voice, BC Chamber of Commerce, Career Education Society, CERIC, Canadian Council for Career Development, Canadian Coalition of Community-Based Employability Training, BC Prior Learning Action Network, Continuing Education and Training Association of BC, Federation of Community Social Services of BC, Board Voice, BC Career Development Association, BC Labour Market Online, Social Services Labour Market Research Advisory Community, and Social Services Sector Roundtable. There are more organizations, but these are the ones I've had contact with this week.  To see all our advocacy connections, go to the advocacy relationship map on our website.
    4. Our education and professional development opportunities continue to grow. I have reported on the success of the recent ASPECT Conference, the new webinar partnership with First Work in Ontario, our Values Based Leadership series, the development of the next ASPECT Summit, the events management contracts we have for other organizations, the research projects we are developing, and when I'm planning to take my vacation. 

    At the centre of absolutely everything I do is acting on behalf of ASPECT members. I welcome you to send me a quick email to let me know your thoughts. The more information that I can provide to your volunteer board of directors, the better ASPECT can meet your needs.  

    Janet Morris-Reade

  • December 06, 2019 12:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ASPECT is partnering with First Work in Ontario to help our sector neighbours in central Canada transition to a new service delivery model.We are putting out a call to ASPECT members to present on one or more of the webinars topics indicated below.


    Employment services in Ontario are currently delivered through an outputs versus and outcomes-based model. As BC service providers know, this is a significant shift in the way employment services are offered and some Ontario service providers will not be successful under the new model. Right now they are keen to learn from you.

    ASPECT, in partnership with First Work, would like to offer a series of webinars for Ontario service providers. We are recruiting ASPECT service providers who can present on one or more of the following webinar topics.


    Webinar Series Topics

    1. Outcomes-based WorkBC Model: a review of how it works and how it’s changed since 2008.
    2. Making the transition to an outcomes-based employment services model: what I wish I had known.
    3. Tough management decisions – preparing your staff and your organization for an outcomes-based employment services model.
    4. Questions Answered: Learning how to adapt to an outcomes-based employment service model.



    The first webinar will take place in mid-to-late January with the others to follow in short succession. A portion of the net proceeds will be shared with the webinar presenter(s) from $250 - $500. 



    Please click here to apply to be a webinar presenter.


    Apply Now!

  • November 29, 2019 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earlier this week, I attended and had an exhibitor booth at the BC Career Education Society (CES) Conference in Vancouver. Along with ASPECT board member and 2018 David Hutson Leadership Award recipient, Peter Bailey of Free Rein Associates, we promoted the work of ASPECT, our new Values Based Leadership program, and looked for ways to build bridges between high school educators and what ASPECT service providers. It makes perfect sense to me that everyone who works at preparing people for the workforce should be working together or at the very least, be aware of what the other is doing.

    The conference is in its 42nd year and draws nearly 500 delegates from all over the province. I was delighted to see several ASPECT members and partners as exhibitors there, as well. The lower mainland WorkBC centres shared an exhibitor booth and staffed it with representatives from several service providers. We had a good discussion about the adjustment to the new contract and the services available. I know, from my conversations with some of the conference delegates, you'll likely be hearing from a school teacher or administrator in your community, reaching out to the services that you offer. 

    Also, there at one of the exhibitor booths was one of my favourite people, Seanna Quressette of Douglas College. Douglas College is working to attract and educate the next generation of Career Developers. Frequent ASPECT Conference Exhibitor, ASTTBC was also there along with staff from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training representing the website.

    What we learned at the conferences is there is room for ASPECT to work with the CES, especially as we enter into the unique labour market. The relationships we make with other organizations with similar mandates as ASPECT and the ties we develop on your behalf will better prepare the employment services sector for the future. 

    Janet Morris-Reade
  • November 22, 2019 11:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A week ago, I along with about 200 other representatives from various social services organizations and activists, were invited to Richmond to attend a Social Services Sector Forum to help to define collaborative engagement to advance the work of the social services sector and to hear about the latest work of the Social Services Sector Roundtable (SSSR).  You might remember the roundtable of a similar name - the Social Services Sector Innovation and Sustainability Roundtable - under the previous provincial government. 

    The new SSSR, which was formed last spring from my understanding, has been tasked with addressing some of the bigger challenges facing social service providers in the province and have recently been discussing staff recruitment and retention, pay in-equities, procurement and contracting, and what is needed to help organizations remain sustainable. Click here for the SSSR terms of reference and here for the SSSR priority issues for community-based agencies.

    The forum brought together a larger reference group to support the work of the SSSR and those in the room, as demonstrated at my table, were funded by many different ministries and funders.  (Photo from L-R: Donalda Beeson (Robson Valley Community Services, Laurie Kohl (North Shore Family Services), Lydia Kang (Family Support Institute of BC), Amanda Bains & Lisa Schmidt (Ksan House Society), Janet Morris-Reade (ASPECT BC). Missing from the photo, but also at the table, Raj Hundal (PICS).  

    The Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Hon. Shane Simpson, who's ministry is responsible for the SSSR, addressed the room talking about the challenges of enacting the government's progressive agenda and how collaborative engagement was needed to reimagine how services are provided in the province.

    Our table groups were then tasked with discussing answers to questions: What does successful collaborative engagement look like? What can get in the way of successful engagement? and What specific steps can we take to support collaborative engagement over the long term?

    Of course, our table came up will all the best answers!  Ha-ha. Everyone in the room earnestly discussed these questions and although there weren't any silver bullet ideas, we all came away with a greater understanding of the complexity of the challenge.  

    Minister Simpson circled the room and I was delighted to have a frank discussion with him. We discussed the boutique versus big box service delivery models and the deterioration of social capital amongst service providers in the sometimes cut-throat procurement process.  We also discussed that because of this competitive environment, service providers are not always comfortable sharing best practices for fear of giving away a competitive advantage. 

    Again, no clear solutions were gleaned but we all appreciated being able to have the conversations. Thank you to Minister Simpson for making this happen.

    I will keep you abreast of further updates on this very complex initiative. 

  • November 22, 2019 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While at the Social Service Sector Forum last week, I had the opportunity to sit with Lydia Kang from the Family Support Institute of BC who introduced us all at the table to an initiative that is very close to her heart: MyBookletBC. Lydia is a parent advocate for her daughter and has developed an exceptionally ingenious idea for supporting someone with special needs. After further investigation, we can see how this concept could be expanded to support anyone who needs support and must share the same information repeatedly.  

    The best description comes from the website:

    MyBooklet BC is A FREE online tool that families and people with disabilities can use to create a beautiful and personalized information booklet for a loved one or for themselves.

    • Are you tired of constantly repeating your "story" to doctors, teachers, therapists, friends and family?
    • Do you wish all your important information was in one document?
    • Do you wish you could share more than just the medical and diagnostic facts?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, you'll want YOUR OWN myBooklet now!

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