Steve Arnett

Steve Arnett BSW MSW RSW

MNBC Registered Citizen

Certifications and Professional Expertise:

Professionally trained and Registered Social Worker with a variety of  ‘Life Long Learning’ training and certifications related to Indigenous Research Methods, Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing,  Youth Resilience, Successful Transitions to Adulthood, Youth Addiction/Mental Health supports, Trauma and Abuse , Suicide and Critical Incident Response, Poverty, Homelessness and Community Economic Development.


Skills Summary:

With over 37 years in professional practice as a senior officer, Steve has developed extensive, efficient, program design skills and business experience in program delivery at the organizational management, supervisory , HR and financial control levels in both the government and community social services sector. He possesses a demonstrated and in-depth working knowledge of community based programs, specialized services, funding and community resources, Post -Secondary teaching, board/business/community relations.



  • Nanaimo Youth Services Association – Chief Executive Officer retired: 2000-2017
  • Town of Ladysmith – current third term Elected Municipal Councillor: 2008-2018
  • Government of British Columbia: (Order in Council) MA appointments: 1998-2000
  • ACT II Child and Family and Services – Executive Director: 1998
  • Cowichan Valley Community Living Association: Director of Programs and Services 1993-1998
  • University of Calgary – Instructor Faculty of SOWK :Canadian Social Policy 1991-1993
  • Alberta Children and Family Services – Contract Services Manager 1985-1993
  • Alberta Children and Family Services – Child Welfare Family Support 1982-1985
  • City of Calgary – Youth Team Leader 1979-1981

Professional and Volunteer Affiliations:

  • Alberta College of Social Workers – Registered Member 1985 to date
  • British Columbia Association of Social Workers – Member 2016
  • Centre for Indigenous Research and Community Engagement – Community Member
  • Island Corridor Foundation – current liaison Town of Ladysmith
  • Mid Isle Metis’ Nation – former Executive Board Member
  • Tillicum Selum Housing Board – current Executive Board Member
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library – current Executive Board Member
  • Vancouver Island University Social Work Advisory Committee – 2013 -2017 Advisory Board Member for degree accreditation


Practice Highlights:

 ‘2016 Home Depot Orange Door Foundation ($25,000)’ – recipient capitol grant for Youth Homelessness Initiatives.

2015 Home Depot Orange Door Award ($25,000)’ – original recipient of the first 4 national award winners of ongoing Home Depot Orange Door Foundation grants for Youth Homelessness Initiatives

‘2014 Award of Excellence’ Heritage Building’  – Vancouver Island Real Estate Board  – NYSA renovation Homeless Youth Housing Project

‘2013 Award of Excellence’ Service Provision’ – B.C. Representative for Children and Youth

‘2010 Sterling Business Achievement Award’ – Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

‘2008 citation Staying True Staying the Course’ – Carrold Institute for the Advancement of Citizenship and Social Change.

‘2007 Non Profit Award’ – Coastal Credit Union Award

‘2005/06 Caring Community Award’ – Nanaimo Social Development Committee