B.C.’s new children’s watchdog says the first report under his leadership will be made public in the next few weeks.
Bernard Richard says although his predecessor initiated the report into the 2015 death of Alex Gervais, he is up to speed.
“I have spent a lot of time on this report. I have reviewed various iterations of drafts and been able to make comments and I’ll be working on the recommendations that come from it.”
18-year-old Gervais was in government care, placed in an Abbotsford hotel, when he jumped out the window.
Richard says this year he’ll also focus on Aboriginal social service agencies.
“I know from my recent work in New Brunswick that we can do a better job at providing culturally appropriate and relevant service and programming.”
Richard will be officially named as representative when legislature returns.
Regarding the Premier’s relationship with the representative’s office, Richard says he understands the last few years have been tense at times, but everyone involved is ready for a ‘reset.’