Showcasing excellence in community social services

Nominations for 2024 have been extended until April 12!

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.

British Columbians may meet those working in our sector face-to-face; oftentimes, though, our employees work behind the scenes to ensure that quality services are delivered effectively and seamlessly to children and families throughout the province.

The awards are judged by a panel of volunteers representing the community, academia and business, with award recipients celebrated at a special luncheon held at CSSEA’s Annual General Meeting in October.

The 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 approximately 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:


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.”


The Leader Award recognizes an individual with more than five years' experience in the sector. This individual is in a leadership role 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.


The Hero Award recognizes someone who goes the extra mile to make a difference in community social services; for example, this individual may have spearheaded an important initiative or launched an influential program or campaign. This individual is not necessarily in a formal leadership role, but he/she makes a difference by exuding passion, dedication and enthusiasm. This is someone all staff can look to for inspiration.


The Legend Award recognizes an executive director or CEO with 15 or more years of experience in the community social services sector. The individual 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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