Some of the work I do as a representative on City Council happens outside of Historic City Hall. One of these areas is Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), a joint municipal / provincial program established in 1966 to develop, support and fund preventive social services that promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families, and communities.
Investing $1 in preventive social services yields a social return on investment of $6 - $13 in policing, justice and addiction treatment costs. Preventive programming has been shown to increase productivity in employment and contributions to society. Every year, City Council appoints representative(s) to the FCSS Association of Alberta, as they do for many different sub-committees. I have held that position for the past 5 years and currently serve as Treasurer on the Executive of FCSSAA.
It is important to ensure that Calgary’s policies are aligned with efforts to augment the quality of life of our citizens at the provincial level and within other municipalities. One of the best ways to do this is to be at the table of the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta and to work with the Provincial Government for all Calgarians and all Albertans.
FCSS at its heart is about helping each other. In Calgary, over 500,000 people access services each and every year. Whether a counselling service, an after school program, helping new moms, or working with refugees arriving in our City, FCSS helps people be successful. FCSS is a unique program in Canada, and we are the envy of every other province for the partnership that the Province has with municipalities across Alberta.
Here's a great clip on FCSSAA, for what they do and why it is so important.
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