The end was only the beginning

Think former conflict of interest commissioner Ted Hughes's child and youth review was the final word on the future of children and family development in British Columbia? Think again. On June 5, the ministry's top bureaucrat Lesley du Toit will be gathering together community stakeholders to discuss "what values should guide our ministry in how we do our work" among other topics. This, according to a leaked email obtained by Public Eye. In that email, Ms. du Toit also notes those who attend should "come together to honor what is already working" in the ministry rather than "dissecting (past) difficulties." Although, "many opportunities (will be) created at other times for" agencies "to talk directly with the ministry and within the ministry about your specific struggles." The following is a complete copy of the meeting's agenda. A second get-together is scheduled for June 16 in Vancouver.

If you have not yet confirmed your attendance or that of a representative from your organization, please do so as soon as possible by contacting Liv Brekke at Liv.Brekke@gov.bc.ca or (250) 356-7161.

Agenda and Message from Lesley du Toit

Dear Colleague

We look forward to working with you at our planning session on 5th June 2006. I am including the agenda in this note so that you have some sense of how the day will flow, but would also like to ask you to think about these matters ahead of time and even talk to staff who may be unable to attend but could contribute to what you bring forward.

On the 5th, we would like to hear your ideas on solutions and your ideas on what we can collectively work towards. The day is intended to provide a positive, strengths-based conversation with regard to transformation. I do acknowledge that many people may be experiencing or have experienced difficulties - within organisations, within the ministry, and between the ministry and yourselves. We are not however going to spend time dissecting those difficulties, but rather, we are going to come together to honor what is already working, and in a spirit of respect and cooperation to plan for the vision and change we would like to see for our organisations and our service to children and families. [There will be many opportunities created at other times for you to talk directly with the ministry and within the ministry about your specific struggles and these too will be important conversations.]

We are looking at two components:-

(a) The Ministry of Children and Family Development
(b) Services to children and families

AGENDA (8.30 - 5.00)

[Facilitators: Lesley du Toit and Dan George]

Opening prayer (Elder)
Introductions and comments (Lesley du Toit, Deputy Minister, Dan George, and ministry leadership team)
Introductions in groups
Briefing on Vision from Aboriginal planning sessions (Deb Foxcroft)
Building our collective Vision (Groups)

Break

Principles (value statements) for guiding relationships and the way the ministry does business. "what values should guide our ministry in how we do our work?" (groups)

Briefing on principles from the Aboriginal planning sessions.(Delegate from Aboriginal planning session)

Principles of service delivery to children and families."What principles should underpin our service delivery to children and families?"

Identifying good practices already underway which reflect these principles (Groups)

Lunch Break

Briefing on the framework for services from the Aboriginal planning sessions.(Delegate from Aboriginal planning session)

A framework for a continuum of services to children and families (groups)

In line with our vision, principles and framework, how should we prioritise our human resources, including recruitment and employment, development of skill and knowledge, leadership development, curriculum development etc ?(Groups)

In line with our vision, principles and framework, how should we prioritise our financial resources and funding practice? (Groups)

Break

Integrated feedback from the day (Lesley and Dan)
Closing prayer (Elder)

Looking forward to seeing you.

Lesley du Toit
Deputy Minister

Directions

The Mary Winspear Centre at Sanscha is located at 2243 Beacon Ave.

From Swartz Bay - drive south from the Ferry Terminal along the Pat Bay Highway (Hwy 17), turn left at Beacon Ave (first set of lights), and immediately right onto Bevan Ave., and right into the Centre's turnaround

From Victoria - drive north along the Pat Bay Highway (Hwy 17), turn right at Beacon Ave., and immediately right again onto Bevan Ave., and right into the Centre's turnaround

From Victoria International Airport - south on Willingdon Rd. to McTavish Rd., left on McTavish Rd. to Pat Bay Highway (Hwy 17), left onto Pat Bay Highway (Hwy 17) to Beacon Ave., right on Beacon Ave., immediately right onto Bevan Ave., and right into Centre's turnaround

Accommodations

The following is a list of recommended accommodations in Sidney. 20 rooms have been set aside at the Best Western for the night of June 4th at the government rate of $95. The confirmation number is 5113261.

Best Western Emerald Isle
2306 Beacon Ave.
(250) 656-4411 or 1-800-315-3377
www.bwemeraldisle.com

Beacon Inn at Sidney
9724 Third St.
(250) 655-3288 or 1-877-420-5499
www.beaconinns.com

Cedarwood Inn & Suites
9522 Lochside Dr.
(250) 656-5551 or 1-877-656-5551
www.cedarwoodinnandsuites.com

Non-Employee Travel Expenses

This letter explains eligible expenses and may be used to qualify for the government rate while travelling to attend the June 5th workshop.

This is an electronic version of the Non-Employee Travel Expense Claim Form that must be returned for reimbursement. Paper versions of this form will be available at the workshop.

Please send completed forms to
Liv Brekke
PO Box 9721 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9S2

(250) 356-7161
Liv.Brekke@gov.bc.ca

4 Comments

This is just downright disheartening!

How can you talk honestly about what's working, if what's not working is taboo? How can you decide intelligently where you want to go, if you're not even allowed to consider what you're trying to get away from? How can we build on our strengths to solve problems if we're not prepared to face and acknowledge those problems?

When will we break the cycle of new people making all the same old horrible mistakes over and over and over again?

This is *precisely* what got CLBC into the pickle in which it finds itself today, with the community up in arms over the unfolding nightmare surrounding attempts to implement its "innovative" new service/governance model.

Why the neverending nightmare? For *precisely* the same reason. The communications people are running the whole show. Every single "consultation", all "community involvement" and every last handpicked committee used over the past four years in developing the grand new vision and the grand new model for community living was only allowed to focus on the positive. Only the most optimistic were invited, listened to, or heard. Skepticism, logic, balance, experience and objectivity were unwelcome. Anyone who didn't cheer was shut out and branded a contrarian. And where did it get us? Today even the most indefatigable optimists are sitting outside with the hardened skeptics, wondering how the hell we're ever going to fix the mess they've made of this.

So here we go again: "The train has left the station, get on board or get out of the way."..."Those who don't get it are no longer welcome."...etc, etc

This is not a consultation--it's a casting call for the cheering section that the communications folks plan to use to market another premeditated plan to dump the other half of MCFD.

Well here we go again. We have had nothing but turmoil and chaos in MCFD over the last 14 years. Hughes...was very clear....stabalize the system and then move to a new governance model. Leslie is in here talking about accelerating the process. This meeting on June 5th what is there to talk about? du Toit already has already declared in meetings in Tsawwassen the value and principles on which the Ministry will operate. The process from here is a charade.

'This is not a consultation--it's a casting call for the cheering section that the communications folks plan to use to market another premeditated plan to dump the other half of MCFD.'

Probably. But how else can you change the culture in an organization where much of the problem is incumbant staff. Certainly, that's been a significant part of the problem with CLBC.

I glad to see we have someone looking at how they deliver services to children. What precisely are they obtaining their information from are they reliable sources. Now if this deputy minister likes to do her job them maybe she can come to the Comox Valley and explain the delivery of services to the child shipped out of this province against his will. How about how one doctors files. How no services for traumatzed children by ministry involved in conflicts they create. Or would she like to view the evdience before the federal goverment pulls their transfer payments and fines B.C. in this area. The hypocrocy of the MInistry.

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