British Columbia's community living authority, which was supposed to takeover responsibility for provincial government services for the developmentally disabled in fiscal 2003/04, seems to be slouching its way toward Bethlehem to be born. That takeover was delayed following the forced resignation of authority chief executive officer Doug Walls earlier this year. And now, Public Eye has learned Mr. Walls replacement Phil Goodman, an assistant deputy minister with children and family development, will be taking a leave of absence due to health problems. But, according to a memo from his boss Alison MacPhail, the ministry will still be moving ahead with its devolution plans, identifying an acting replacement as soon as possible. The following is a copy of that memo.
Ministry of Children and Family Development
Office of the Deputy Minister
December 3, 2004
To: All MCFD Staff
Interim Authority, Community Living BC
Re: ADM Community Living Services
The Ministry and the Interim Authority for Community Living BC regretfully advise that Phil Goodman, Assistant Deputy Minister for Community Living Services (CLS)/CEO Designate for Community Living BC, will have to take a number of months to recover from his recent health problems. To ensure that we continue to move expeditiously to the full devolution of CLS, we will identify an Acting Assistant Deputy Minister/CEO Designate as soon as possible. This will not delay the changes we are making to current CLS operations to reflect the Authority's vision for future service delivery. We know that you will join us in wishing Phil a full and speedy recovery.
Deputy Minister Chair
Interim Authority Board