The Rep in the News



The Representative provides comments on the proposed Bill C-4 for the consideration of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
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Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond Appointed as Trudeau Foundation Mentor

Feb. 08, 2011

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation has named Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth, as one of this year's 10 new Trudeau Mentors. 

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Nov. 2010

Ms. Turpel-Lafond was awarded the Perry Shawana Award for the leadership she has provided and her work as a champion for the voices of children as well as her advocacy on their behalf and her ourstanding commitment to their well being.

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February 19, 2010

The Parent Support Services Society of B.C has presented Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond with the Bill McFarland Award for 2009. The award recognized the Representative’s devotion to the prevention of child abuse and her work to improve the outcomes for children within the child welfare system.

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February 19, 2010

Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond spoke of the need for a provincial poverty plan and for a National Children’s Commissioner when she addressed the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society in November, 2009.

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Nov. 22, 2009

A wide-ranging interview with Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond discussing her role as B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth and finding the balance

between work and home life.

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Action Needed on Child Poverty
October 2, 2009
In the Union of BC Municipalities Daily Newsletter


For six years in a row, British Columbia has had the highest rate of child poverty in any jurisdiction in Canada. BC’s child  poverty rate stands at 13.5%, well above the national rate of 9.5%.


“If we continue to ignore the issue of child poverty we will continue to lead in child poverty,” said Mary Ellen Turpel–Lafond. “A good society creates the conditions for equal opportunity for people with different starting points in life.”





Representative comments at Budget Lock-Up
September 1, 2009
By Sean Holman, Public Eye Online (


The Representative comments on MCFD's caseload reduction forecast:


The Representative comments on MCFD's forecast regarding the increase in the number of delegated Aboriginal Agencies serving Aboriginal children and youth:




Government Needs To Be Good Parent: Study
February 24, 2009, Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press
VICTORIA — A study by the B.C. Representative for Children and Youth and the province's health officer calls on the government to act as a more responsible parent to the children and youth in its care.



Children's advocate: B.C. must do more to keep vulnerable kids in school
February 23, 2009, Lindsay Kines, Time Colonist
The B.C. government still isn't doing enough to keep vulnerable children in school and out of jail, a new report says. Children and youth in government care are more likely to end up behind bars than graduate from high school, says the report by Children's Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall.


Keep kids out of trouble: advocates
February 23, 2009, Tom Fletcher - BC Local News
With 9,000 children in government care in B.C., keeping them in school is one of the best ways of keeping them out of trouble with the law.

That's the conclusion of a study that followed thousands of children born in 1986 as they made their way through adolescence.





Press Release Re: Representative for Children and Youth Report
April 17, 2008, BC Association of Social Workers Press Release
The Representative for Children and Youth’s Report on Amanda, Savannah, Rowen and Serena, From Loss to Learning, is a careful, compassionate and comprehensive review of four tragic deaths that provides the public with a clear, stark and often disturbing look at British Columbia’s child protection system.




Cooperation key to protecting children
April 16, 2008, BCGEU Press Release
The BC Government and Service Employees' Union urges government to finally accept its long-standing offer to work together to address systemic problems in child protection, following the report released today by BC's Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.  







 UBCIC calls on BC to fully implement BC Representative for Children and Youth Recommendations
April 16, 2008, UBCIC Press release
The Union of BC Indian Chiefs is calling on the Ministry of Children and Family development to fully implement the recommendations made by the BC Representative for Children and Youth, Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond.






Making a case for children at risk
August 7, 2007, Justine Hunter,
A crayon portrait of the woman who is responsible for overseeing the care of 16,000 of B.C.'s most vulnerable children shows a busy, but smiling, woman.




Judge fought the law for kids at risk
August 5, 2007, Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist, C1
She's small, so small the judge has a hard time believing the girl in her courtroom is really 12 years old.



Important task
May 25, 2007, Dave Paulson,
For someone who's been on the job officially for less than two months, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond already appears to have a firm grip on the monumental task ahead.



Big plans, good start for new children's rep

March, 9, 2007, Paul Willcocks on B.C.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is looking like a terrific hire as B.C.'s first representative for children and youth.



B.C. should improve lives of children in care, says rep

March 8, 2007, Nanaimo Daily News
B.C. needs a long-range plan similar to one adopted in New Zealand to improve the lives of children in care, the province's new representative for children and youth said yesterday.





Child, youth overseer gets the Ted Hughes stamp of approval
November 23, 2006, Vaughn Palmer, The Vancouver Sun, A03
When the B.C. legislature convened Wednesday afternoon, the faces looking down from the public galleries included one of our most eminent citizens, Ted Hughs.









The study — Kids, Crime and Care: Youth Justice Experience and Outcomes – examined more than 50,000 children born in 1986 and who were in school in 1997/98. It's the largest study of youth justice of its kind in Canada.