What We Do
We provide the following services to over 200 FCSS Programs across Alberta:
- Strengthen and maintain a structured system of networking and sharing of information and expertise amongst communities, boards and staffs.
- Investigate and pursue common issues and concerns affecting municipal preventive social programs and those boards duly appointed by a local authority to administer such programs.
- Advocate on behalf of local communities and programs to the general public, municipal governments, regional service/government bodies, provincial agencies and authorities and national agencies and authorities.
- Provide orientation and education to individuals, communities, boards and staff via conferences, training events, newsletters and information included in the Resource Bank.
- Provide, where possible, assistance regarding concerns or issues of a local or regional nature, and when specifically requested, to individual FCSS boards or other boards to be appointed by local authorities to provide preventive social programs.
- Develop critical tools to assist communities and programs to meet local mandates and needs.
The FCSSAA is an incorporated non-profit society. It receives its income from membership fees and a grant from the Ministry. In 2020, 187 of the 206 FCSS programs in the province are members of the FCSSAA.
A 15 member Board of Directors oversees the operations of the FCSSAA:
- President, elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in November every year;
- 10 Regional Representatives; 1 from each of the 8 FCSS regions (Calgary-Bow River and Edmonton-Evergreen have 2 regional representatives each), elected at fall regional meetings prior to the November AGM;
- Up to 4 staff representatives from the Directors’ Network, appointed annually at the September Directors’ Network business meeting.
The FCSSAA Executive Committee is comprised of the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer are elected at the first meeting of the new Board in January.
The FCSSAA office is located in Edmonton, and includes a large reference library, known as the FCSS Resource Bank. An Executive Director, Project Coordinator and Executive Assistant support the FCSSAA Board, and local FCSS program staff and advisory board members.
FCSSAA VISION Alberta’s unique FCSS preventive programming is understood to be an essential service contributing to our quality of life.
FCSSAA MISSION to be the voice of FCSS programs in the province. We support and strengthen FCSS programs through:
- promotion of evidence-based research;
- professional development;
- current tolls and resources;
- communication and coordination;
The FCSSAA has created a strong network of FCSS programs for sharing information, providing province-wide direction and problem solving, and ensuring that the value of the FCSS resources, and the FCSS “way of working: is well understood by all levels of government.