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Parliamentary committee seeking input on Representative for Children and Youth Act

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:18 PDT, Thu May 12, 2022

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth is seeking input on the Representative for Children and Youth Act.

The act requires the committee to undertake a review at least once every five years and determine whether the functions of the representative for children and youth are meeting the needs of children, youth, and young adults.

British Columbians can share their views on what is working or may be improved in the act by making a written, audio, or video submission by 3 p.m. (Pacific time) on July 27 through the committee's website: https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees/42ndparliament-3rdsession-cay/

The committee will review all input with a view to inviting those who made submissions to make presentations in the fall. The committee is expected to issue its report in 2023.

For further information, contact the parliamentary committees at: 250-356-2933 or 1-877-428-8337 (toll-free in B.C.) or ChildrenandYouthCommittee@leg.bc.ca

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth is one of 10 permanent committees of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The committee works to foster greater awareness and understanding among legislators and the public of the B.C. child and youth-serving system. The committee also provides a public forum for discussion of reports by the representative for children and youth. 

The members of the committee are:

• Jinny Sims, MLA, Surrey-Panorama (chair)

• Mike Bernier, MLA, Peace River South (deputy chair)

• Susie Chant, MLA, North Vancouver-Seymour

• Fin Donnelly, MLA, Coquitlam-Burke Mountain

• Karin Kirkpatrick, MLA, West Vancouver-Capilano

• Norm Letnick, MLA, Kelowna-Lake Country

• Kelli Paddon, MLA, Chilliwack-Kent

• Jennifer Rice, MLA, North Coast

• Henry Yao, MLA, Richmond South Centre

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