November, 2005: The Honourable Ted Hughes is appointed to conduct an independent review of British Columbia’s child protection system. More than 70 individuals with special expertise and over 300 child welfare groups contribute to the review.
April 7, 2006: The “B.C. Children and Youth Review" is submitted to the provincial government. The review includes 62 recommendations for changes to the child welfare system. 
May 18, 2006: The Province passes the Representative for Children and Youth Act, establishing the Legislative Assembly’s authority to appoint a new officer of the legislature as the Representative for Children and Youth.
November 27, 2006: An all-party Special Committee unanimously recommends to the Legislative Assembly that Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond be appointed for a five-year term as Representative for Children and Youth.