They will be big shoes to fill.
B.C’s first independent child and youth representative will finish her last term at the end of next month.
Mary-Ellen Turpel Lafond spent nearly a decade in the position.
New Democrat critic Melanie Mark says the select standing committee on children and youth will meet on Monday to discuss the representative’s replacement.
“The selection committee has been tasked to find a new representative, the five members have to come to consensus, so I am really optimistic and hopeful that they found someone.”
As for what it means for ongoing child welfare investigations?
“My understanding is that the representative’s act is in effect, the work of the office will carry forward.”
Turpel-Lafond’s term ends November 26th, but she’s expected to leave several weeks prior given unused vacation time.
Over the course of her term, she has clashed frequently with the governing B.C. Liberals over issues within the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
In her term, she has authored a number of high profile reports on topics including teens in care living in hotels, the death of a “Paige,” a young woman who had aged out of care, the residential care system, and the risk of sexual assault to aboriginal girls.