The BC Centre for Employment Excellence opened its doors last Thursday afternoon, welcoming its stakeholder communities to meet, converse and socialize with the Centre’s staff, as well as members of the employment services sector, employers, government and other community organizations.
We were delighted with the turnout and that so many of you took time out of your busy schedules to join the celebration. Attendees included representatives from the WorkBC Centres, organizations that deliver specialized employment services, and officials from the Ministry of Social Development.
Brief speeches were given by the Centre’s Managing Director, Susanna Lui Gurr, the Assistant Deputy Minister, Employment Labour Market & Services Division, Allison Bond, and member of both the Centre’s Steering Committee and the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC – of which the Centre is a division) Board of Directors, Dr. Sharon Manson Singer.
Susanna thanked all those who attended the open house and noted that the Centre is proud to be part of such a bold and exciting innovation by the BC government. She also noted the support of SRDC and partner Douglas College, and introduced the Centre’s staff and some of the activities already underway. Allison described the work and effort from within government to move the Centre from an idea to reality. She also spoke of the importance of investing in innovations like the Centre. Sharon offered her perspective not only as a member of SRDC’s Board of Directors and the Centre’s Steering Committee, but also as a former Assistant Deputy Minister. She praised British Columbia for being at the forefront of innovation and proposed a toast to all those connected to the Centre.
If you were not able to attend last Thursday, we hope to see you soon at an upcoming event, conference or consultation!
Click here to see the BC Government’s press release on the Centre, issued last Thursday.