B.C.’s new Representative for Children and Youth has been confirmed in Victoria Thursday.
Bernard Richard has unanimously won the vote of MLA’s for a five-year term as the province’s children’s watchdog.
Richard says his priorities will be to reduce the number of Indigenous children and youth in B.C. care and to improve mental health services for them.
“While I feel the full weight of the responsibilities that come with the job, I look forward to our Office helping to bring about positive change for B.C.’s children, youth and their families during,” read a statement.
He says he is “committed to resetting” the tense relationship between his office and the Ministry for Children and Family Development.
Richard writes he hopes his term will be measured in “concrete improvements for the most vulnerable children and youth in B.C.”
He presented his first report on January into the death of Alex Gervais, who died while in government care.
Richard succeeds Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who finished her term last year.
With files from Matt Lee