Showcasing excellence in community social services

The BC Community Social Services Awards of Excellence were created in 2015 to celebrate successes in BC's publicly funded community social services sector and to thank the incredible employees responsible for these successes.

Employees in the community social services sector play vital roles in providing care for people with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, women experiencing family violence, and children who witness abuse.

Some of them you meet face-to-face, however, many more work behind the scenes. All play an important role in delivering quality services to children and families in BC.

Nominations are accepted in April each year. The awards are judged by a panel of volunteers representing the community, academia and business with award recipients announced at the Awards Luncheon at CSSEA’s annual general meeting in October.

CSSEA's BC Community Social Services Awards of Excellence, sponsored by TELUS, recognize the efforts of social service employees who provide quality care and support to the people of this province and acknowledge excellence and innovation in publicly funded community social services.

CSSEA coordinates the human resources and labour relations interests of more than 200 publicly funded community social services employers in British Columbia.

TELUS is Canada’s fastest growing national telecommunications company. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless data, internet protocol, voice, television, entertainment and video.

BC Community Social Services Awards of Excellence are presented in the following categories:

RISING STAR

The Rising Star Award recognizes an individual with less than five years’ experience in the community social services sector who demonstrates great achievements, accomplishments, early success, commitment, and promise as a future leader in the social services sector. This trailblazer “lights the community on fire.”
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LEADER

The Leader Award recognizes an individual who has more than five years’ experience in the community social services sector. This individual leads and mentors a team in order to achieve a common goal. As a top model for others to follow, this individual brings fresh ideas and/or superior problem-solving skills to the community social services sector, creating positive and lasting change.
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HERO

The Hero Award recognizes someone who goes the extra mile to make a difference in community social services without looking for personal recognition. This individual is not necessarily in a formal leadership role. This person makes a difference through his or her passion, dedication, and enthusiasm, and is someone all staff can look to for inspiration.
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LEGEND

The Legend Award recognizes an individual with 15 or more years of experience in the community social services sector who has demonstrated a sustained level of high performance, served as a mentor and an inspiration to colleagues, and has made extraordinary contributions to the community and the sector.
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