Health care and social services

RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique was established by the Fédération des Francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB) in 2003 and opened a permanent office during the summer of 2004. This provincial French-language health network brings together health professionals and administrators as well as representatives from institutions that offer health training, the governments and the francophone community, so they can work together to make health services and programs more accessible in French. RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique is one of the 17 member networks in the Société Santé en français, whose president is currently Dr. Brian Conway, a British Columbian who is still active in the provincial network.

Every year, RésoSanté compiles a directory of French-speaking professionals, which is published as an insert in FFCB's Frenchlanguage services directory. It is also available online on the network's website.

Many other French-language health initiatives were implemented with the network's support, including the production and distribution of over 14,000 copies of the Guide-santé Colombie-Britannique, the French-language component of a program developed by the provincial Department of Health; French-language designated services at the Pender Community Health Centre, part of Vancouver Coastal Health; resources and activities to promote health in French on Vancouver Island; resources offered by the Provincial Health Services Authority through its Provincial Language Service, aiming to provide information on health care in French, translation, as well as orientation towards French-language health services (these are coordinated by a French-language programs and services coordinator).

The Collège Éducacentre offers French-language health care training programs in partnership with the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) and its member institutions: These three programs are Resident Care Attendant, Autism and Behavioural Science and Palliative Care.

The Centre communautaire La Boussole works with individuals and families in need in Vancouver and now employs a social worker, a street worker and a social intervention professional, all of them Francophones. They face, however, a work overload and often have to deal with the impossibility to refer their clients to French-language counseling or psychiatric services.

There is a helpline providing aid, a friendly ear and orientation for Francophone women in the province living through difficult situations. La Société Inform'Elles also offers support services.