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
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)
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)
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)
Integrated feedback from the day (Lesley and Dan)
Closing prayer (Elder)
Looking forward to seeing you.
Lesley du Toit
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
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
Beacon Inn at Sidney
9724 Third St.
(250) 655-3288 or 1-877-420-5499
Cedarwood Inn & Suites
9522 Lochside Dr.
(250) 656-5551 or 1-877-656-5551
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
PO Box 9721 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9S2