Earlier, we reported on freshly-imported children and family development deputy minister Lesley du Toit's scratch and sniff session with headquarters staff in Victoria. And now we have learned there was a similar meet and greet for the ministry's Vancouver workers at the Sheraton Wall Luxury Centre Hotel. Accompanied by a powerpoint presentation, the former international contractor of mystery (Public Eye passim) said staff will now be expected to follow a number of non-negotiable (and what many described as admirable) principles including putting the best interests of children first, being respectful, professional and ethical and working in teams rather hierarchies. Ms du Toit also told the audience that everyone's opinion at children and family development was important - from front-line workers to the ministry's executive. And she added her office would have an open door policy. But she didn't want anymore gossiping and backbiting in the ministry. And there was a sense among those in attendance that leaking information to the press had now become unfashionable.
May 4, 2006