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The 2015 Community Service Workers Conference.

Our communities are facing a crisis

We have more people living on our streets, crowded into jails, fighting  addictions, and fending alone for themselves with mental illness or disabilities. We have more people and more families struggling to get by.

Canadians recognize that charity alone could not be depended upon to support the most vulnerable in our society.

A broad range of social programs and agencies was created to meet obvious needs. The federal and provincial governments shared the cost of creating these agencies in communities. While these programs may have been piecemeal and insufficient, there was at least a commitment to help.

But decades of funding cuts have devastated these programs. We now spend less of our GDP on social services than 32 of the 34 OECD countries.

This must change.

NUPGE and its members are putting a spotlight on the serious challenges facing the sector.

Who are Community Services Workers?

Community Service Workers include:

  • AIDS/HIV counsellors
  • Aboriginal outreach workers
  • Aboriginal services workers
  • Active living counsellors
  • Addictions counsellors
  • Adoption services workers
  • Attendant care aides
  • Behavioural aides
  • Career practitioners
  • Child and youth workers
  • Child protection workers
  • Child welfare workers
  • Community development workers
  • Community facilitators
  • Community health workers
  • Community living support workers
  • Community nurses
  • Community support workers
  • Counsellors
  • Crisis intervention workers
  • Day program counsellors
  • Developmental counsellors
  • Developmental services workers
  • Disabilities counsellors
  • Drop-in centre workers
  • Early childhood development workers
  • Early childhood educators
  • Employment counsellors
  • Family service workers
  • Financial assistance workers
  • Food bank / Food box workers
  • Foster care counsellors
  • Group home workers
  • Homecare workers
  • Income maintenance officers
  • Income maintenance workers
  • Life skills instructors
  • Mental health counsellors
  • Palliative care workers
  • Psychiatric care workers
  • Rape crisis / sexual assault counsellors
  • Rape crisis centre workers
  • Rehabilitation workers
  • Residential cares
  • Residential services workers
  • Respite care workers
  • Second stage housing workers
  • Seniors’ services workers
  • Sheltered workshop workers
  • Social assistance workers
  • Social services workers
  • Social workers
  • Transition centre workers
  • Women’s shelter supervisors
  • Women’s shelter workers
  • Youth outreach workers
  • Youth workers

… and many other workers essential to the well-being of your community.