CLBC News – March 2019

The Province announces Budget 2019

On February 19 the provincial government announced Budget 2019, which includes an additional $66.5 million in funding for CLBC. CLBC’s total budget for 2019/20 will be $1,085.6 million.

CLBC currently serves more than 21,000 individuals. Funding will help CLBC maintain existing services, and provide new or increased supports to individuals and families, including for an estimated 900 to 1,100 adults who will become eligible during the year. To understand how CLBC makes decisions for funding services, please visit our website here.

Additional funding will also help CLBC support costs faced by service providers, and includes $8.8 million in 2019 and $9.5 million in 2020 to improve funding for home sharing providers.

On budget day, CLBC also posted its Mandate Letter which includes direction from government for next year, and CLBC’s 2019/20 – 2021/22 Service Plan.

CLBC Board provides update on search for next CEO

CLBC’s Board of Directors is pleased to provide an update to individuals, families, service providers and other partners about the search for our next Chief Executive Officer.

The Board has engaged executive search firm Boyden to help gather input on the requirements for this important role and to support efforts to find and evaluate candidates.

Input about the needs for this leadership role has been received from individuals and families, service providers, and stakeholder groups. The Board has heard that in addition to having business experience, the CLBC CEO must be a caring and active listener, be effective at building relationships of credibility and trust, provide leadership that builds capacity and achieves results, and have experience leading large and complex organizations that deliver valued services in a way that is responsive and respectful.

The CEO position has now been posted here.

New board members, including experts, leaders and family members, embrace roles

CLBC recently welcomed seven new board members. The new members bring strong leadership expertise and skills, and include a self advocate and three family members. They have embraced their roles and are looking forward to visiting local communities in B.C. during 2019.

Each year, board members take part in a series of tours as part of the board’s commitment to listen and learn in order to assist them in guiding CLBC. This year, board members will visit Victoria and Vancouver in June, and Nanaimo and Abbotsford during Community Inclusion Month in October. During the tours they will meet with local families, individuals, service providers and community council members to learn more about inclusive programs, services and supports in the communities. We will share updates about the tours in the “What’s New” section of the CLBC website.

Learn about CLBC’s board members and their backgrounds here.

Meet CLBC’s new VP Finance and Chief Financial Officer Henry Chen

Henry Chen joined CLBC on February 18, 2019 to begin duties as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He replaces Richard Hunter, who has retired.

Henry is a senior leader who brings more than 30 years of financial experience to this important role. Most recently, he was CFO and Secretary to the Board of Management’s Finance and Audit committees at TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre. Prior to that, he served as Treasurer and Controller of the Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia, and Comptroller, Financial Planning and Reporting for the Liquor Distribution Branch of BC. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and holds a degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems from UBC.

Latest data report supports learning about inclusive employment

In response to individual and family requests, CLBC has been strategically investing in activities and projects since 2013 to increase inclusive employment opportunities. CLBC defines employment as work which pays at least minimum wage, and which meets conditions outlined in BC’s Employment Standards Act. Employment can be part-time, full-time or self-employment. People eligible for CLBC services can request CLBC employment services, or they can access WorkBC services available to all British Columbians, or they may find employment on their own, or through self-employment.

CLBC collects and reports out on employment data to help us understand and strengthen employment supports, and meet federal reporting requirements. Our annual report is called Learning from our Employment Data. The report has provincial data and analysis to assist with local strategies and initiatives to increase inclusive employment opportunities in communities large and small.  The most recent Learning Report was posted to CLBC’s website on February 1, 2019. You can find the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Learning Reports on our website here. Please read the reports, and share this information with people working to increase inclusive employment in your community.

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