Earlier this month, Community Living British Columbia announced it "was proud to learn, in early March, that four of its employees had been nominated for the 2005/06 Premier's Innovation & Excellence Awards in the category of Innovation" - including Rick Mowles, who has been the authority's chief executive officer since February 2005. According to the announcement, "the CLBC nominees were recognized for their work in the 'delivery of an integrated project involving 8 government entities that saw the uninterrupted transfer of responsibility for the delivery of services to individuals with development disabilities and their families from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to the new Crown agency." Of course, as our astute readers will know, Community Living British Columbia hasn't exactly accomplished that shift in a timely manner.
According to children and family development's July 2003 service plan, "the permanent transition of community living services for adults with developmental disabilities" to Community Living British Columbia was "anticipated for late 2003." And, given that the authority has been legal entity for less than a year, how can we know whether that transition has produced "substantial benefits to community" - one of the innovation category's judging criteria?