An awesome win for Envision Financial as WorkLife BC’s Employer of Choice!
Here is the link to Envision’s Press Release about being BC’s Employer of Choice.
A few new things have happened in BC regarding funding for child care programs and services. Click here to read the latest letter from Minister Reid. There are still many concerning things that are happening however. Provincial funding to Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre is being eliminated. While some funding is being restored for CCRR’s, this is still greatly reduced. The Child Care Operating Funding is still being reduced approximately 27% as of July 1, 2007. There is still a funding cap on for any new child care spaces that are developed.
Let the government know that child care is important to BC families.
- Honourable Linda Reid, the Minister of State for Child Care
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- Honourable Tom Christensen, the Minister of Children and Family Development
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- Premier Gordon Campbell
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Today was a great day for Envision Financial! This afternoon, they were the recipient of WorkLife BC’s Employer of Choice at the WorkLife BC Awards Presentation & Forum held at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. In addition, they received an Award of Excellence as an employer in The Frasers region of British Columbia.
Envision Financial have been a client of mine since before their very beginning (they are the result of a merger between Delta Credit Union and First Heritage Credit Union) and throughout this time they have never lost sight of their people. They truly believe that it is their people who are their greatest asset. Envision are an excellent example of an organization who simply get it. They understand the critical importance of addressing work-life flexibility issues in their organization and are truly raising the bar for others to follow. Simply put, they are a leader.
At Envision Financial, their vision is to be:
- The best place our staff have ever worked
- The best place our member-owners have ever dealt
- The industry leader in financial performance
- The industry leader in corporate citizenship
I wish to offer everyone (Gordon Huston, CEO, the Board of Directors, the Executive Team, the Human Resources Department lead by Fred Bobye and the many employees in the Administration Centre and throughout the Branches) at Envision Financial my warmest congratulations on receiving this great honour. You have all worked hard to make your organization the best place your employees have ever worked and it shows!
Click HERE to see a case study on some of the wonderful ways Envision Financial is addressing the worklife flexibility issues and employee wellbeing. In addition, it is worth noting that Envision Financial was also ranked for the fifth year running as one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada, this year placing number 7 overall.
Congratulations Envision Financial!
PS – If you would like to apply for a job at Envision Financial HERE is the place to do it!
Today was the WorkLife BC Forum at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. This event was a true success with a record number of attendees, many great sessions and the presentation of the WorkLife BC 2007 Awards.
In the morning, we heard from Dr. Linda Duxbury, Professor, Carelton School of Business and Work-Life Expert and from Gordon Huston, CEO Envision Financial. The title of their presentation was Getting It Together: Attracting and Retaining the Workforce of the Future Through Work-Life Balance. If anyone in the room was doubting the impact of work-life issues on today’s workplaces both Linda and Gordon put these doubts to rest! The basic reality is that if organizations want to succeed over the next decade and beyond they will need to do everything possible to attract and retain their talent. We are now in a sellers market for labour and this is not going to change anytime soon. Dr. Duxbury told us that we are facing at least 25 years of labour force shortages.
After lunch, we saw the presentation of the 2007 WorkLife BC Awards my Minister Linda Reid. There were Awards of Merit and Excellence given to organizations from each region of the Province. In addition, two additional Awards were given – the Innovation Award and the WorkLife BC Employer of Choice. Below is a list of the 2007 Recipients. Further information on each of these organizations is posted here.
- Award of Excellence – Level Ground Trading Ltd.
- Award of Merit – M.M. Johnson Ltd. and Smart Dolphins IT Solutions Inc.
- Award of Excellence – Advanced Safety Management Ltd.
- Award of Merit – Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union and NRI Distribution
- Award of Excellence and Innovation Award – Next Level Games Inc.
- Award of Merit – Ernst & Young LLP and Business Objects and MacKay LLP
- Award of Excellence and WorkLife BC Employer of Choice – Envision Financial
- Award of Merit – Advance Corporate Training Ltd, HWW Conference Inc. and TELUS Communications
In the afternoon, there were four breakout workshops designed to help bring practical tools and ideas to the forum attendees. The sessions included:
- Thinking Big but Starting Small: How to Get Going in Your Workplace
- Small and Medium Size Business Savy: Thinking Outside the Box Really Works
- What Exactly is Work-Life Balance and How Can We Get It?
- What’s Their Secret? How Work-Life Balance Options Can Help You Deal With the Labour Crunch
In the coming days much more information, videos and resources will be posted on the WorkLife BC website from this Forum. Please visit it so that you can learn more about the many great initiatives that are happening in organizations throughout BC and review many of super presentations that were made.
On January 5, 2007 BC’s Minister of State for Child Care released a letter to the child care community announcing her Ministry’s response to the formal end of BC’s Early Learning and ChildCare Agreement with the Federal Government. The Federal Government have chosen to end this agreement with each of the Provinces and Territories effective March 31, 2007and instead offer the Universal Child Care Plan.
In the days that have passed since the Minister’s letter was first released it seems that the child care community in BC has been turned upside down. The cuts that have been announced will have SIGNIFICANT impacts on all child care programs and services throughout the Province. Child care providers (Family and group) are being faced with very challenging questions. Raise fees? Lose staff? Reduce staff wages? Close the doors? The reality is that in BC, as in other areas of the Country, our child care programs have a difficult time sustaining themselves while still being reasonably affordable for families. Programs like the Child Care Operating Funding Program go a long way toward making the fees more affordable while also helping to pay child care providers and Early Childhood Educators better wages. Any amount of reduction to this program will have a dramatic impact on the already fragile system. Further, programs such as the Child Care Resource and Referral services that support child care providers throughout the Province and help parents to find child care in their community appear to be being reduced to the point of total elimination. The CCRR’s are one of the key networks that help both child care providers and parents. In my mind they do a lot to enhance the quality of child care we have available in BC. If they are eliminated, I fear what it will mean for the future of child care in our Province.
So I am, like so many people in BC and in Canada, shaking my head. I just don’t get it.
- I don’t get how paying parents $100 per month for each child under six years will help solve our child care problem in this Country. Hmmm, that doesn’t even begin to cover the deposit that most people have to pay just to try and secure a space for their child.
- I don’t get how BC didn’t take more of a stand against the Federal Goverment when the Early Learning and Child Care Agreements were being dismantled.
- I don’t get how Minister Reid (or the BC Government) can make the kind of cuts they have to child care when we have such a strong economy in our Province.
- I don’t get how creating up to 25,000 new child care spaces per year in Canada beginning in 2007(under the Universal Child Care Program) will really happen when the system can’t afford to sustain the spaces and parents can hardly afford to pay for them.
- I don’t get how parents are going to afford what may be an average fee increase of $50 – $75 per child per month in child care programs. This is the average amount that child care providers in BC are indicating that fees will need to go up to adress the funding shortfall they will experience when the funding cuts happen.
Of course, like many others, I will let it be known that none of this makes any sense for child care, for families or for children. However, also like so many others, I will still be left shaking my head – wondering what the “powers that be” could possibly have been thinking in Victoria and Ottawa.
Sorry, but I just don’t get it.
Over the holidays my family and I had lots of time to connect with my cousin, Eddie who lives in Leamington Spa, England over the web cam. We live in Langley, BC so we truly are worlds away from one another. Despite the distance we have managed to bridge it with the wonder of the Internet and web cam technology. It still amazes me that my children have never actually met Eddie, yet they all know him quite well. Despite the distance, he is able to see how they are growing and changing. He keeps track of their various activities and is able to chat with them about how things are going.
This year on Christmas Eve, Eddie managed to get my Aunt to drop around to his flat to “see the family”. It was so great to see and talk with her. How she marveled at seeing and talking with my children through the computer. As a family we have become quite used to chatting with Eddie on line and in a sense we are now more connected with him than we are with people who live only a short drive away from us.
So with this recent experience in the back of my mind, I was quite interested when I read about the Virtual Family Dining system in this month’s edition of Canadian Business. The concept is quite simple – cameras, microphones and a large flat screen monitor are set up in the kitchen/dining areas of multiple family homes – so that families who are physically far apart from each other can actually dine together virtually. One interesting use that is being explored is to use the product with seniors, who are often alone and isolated. The idea is that the Dining System would automatically survey various family households to see who might be available to sit and eat with Grandma (or Grandpa) just as they are sitting down to dine. The thinking is that this might actually encourage seniors to eat better and more regularly. It might also to help them to stay in their own homes longer by still having them feel connected (face to face) with their loved ones.
While I know it is always preferable to be physically close to loved ones, I know it is not always practical or realistic. Given this, I think the folks at Accenture Technology Labs might be on to something with the Virtual Family Dining System. In many ways, my family and I are already doing the low-end technical version of it using our own web cam and Skype or MSN Messenger.
Come to a one-day WorkLife BC Forum at the Morris J. Work Centre in downtown Vancouver on February 9, 2007. The forum will be of interest to employers of all sizes, and in all sectors.
You’ll learn from the experts – employers who have done it – how work-life balance and a flexible workplace can help employees and your bottom line, too.
For further information on the Forum and on registration please click on the link below.
The December 2006 edition of BC Business Magazine has a list of the Best Companies to Work for in BC. So who rates as the best? Here are the top 25…
1. Great Little Box Co. 2. 1-800-GOT-JUNK 3. Odlum Brown 4. WCG International 5. Aritzia 6. OpenRoad Auto Group 7. Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union 8. Flight Centre North America 9. Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle (Downtown) 10. Deloitte & Touche 11. Pacific Insight Electronics Corp. 12. Bull, Housser & Tupper 13. Edward Jones Investments 14. Cintas Canada 15. Coastal Pacific Xpress Inc. 16. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chophouse 17. The Personnel Department 18. Teldon International 19. Concert Properties 20. Norco Performance Bikes 21. Delta Vancouver Airport 22. The Old Spaghetti Factory 23. Cactus Club Cafe 24. Provident Security & Event Management Corp. 25. International Language Schools of Canada