2017 Call to Action

A call to interested SLPs working with children aged 0-5…

In December 2015, Communication Matters conducted a survey of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) who were working with preschool age children in publicly funded programs in British Columbia (“Survey of SLP Service Provision for Young Children in British Columbia”). Results of the survey showed that SLPs are extremely concerned about the levels of service available for preschool age clients in BC.

What’s Next? Communication Matters is now preparing to take this message of concern to the BC government. After consultation with our Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), we’ve decided that the next step for advocacy will be to present our survey results, and families’ stories, to the all-party British Columbia Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

How? Every fall, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services holds public consultations in communities across BC to give the public the opportunity to provide input for the following year’s budget.

In other words, every fall the BC government asks us for our input regarding how we would like to see provincial monies being spent. And this fall, we plan to be there speaking up at every community consultation.

We need your help! There will be approximately 20 community consultations across BC. To speak at one of these consultations, you need to be a local constituent. We are hoping to find an SLP volunteer from each of these communities so that we are fully represented across BC this fall at the public consultations.

We’ll help you. We will provide you with information, suggested speaker’s notes, and coaching to help you prepare for your eight-minute presentation to the BC government in support of the children who need our services. If you are interested to find out more about volunteering to speak at a community consultation, please complete this form.   Please respond to the survey with your expression of interest by Friday, April 7th, 2017.

Join our group of volunteers!

Additional Information: To read the report that was written by the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services following the 2016 public consultations for the 2017 Budget, click here (and note this on page iv, “The Committee wishes to thank the many British Columbians who participated in the consultation process and for their many contributions to this year’s report.”).

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