Back in October, children and family development deputy minister Lesley du Toit informed her executive she would be "working on how I can free myself up more to really lead the transformation change management work." And so it has come to pass that Vancouver Coastal regional executive director Donna Knox has been charged with "oversight of the day-to-day running of the ministry." Last Friday, Ms. du Toit announced she had appointed Ms. Knox as her chief operations officer - a new post that will also "provide functional directional assistance to ADMs, screen emergent client issues and organize initial responses, and monitor high level projects." Meanwhile, Patrick Doyle - who was the "human resource lead on the devolution of Community Living programs" from children and family development to Community Living British Columbia - has been named Ms. du Toit's strategic human resources deputy. The following is a complete copy of that announcement.
From: du Toit, Lesley MCF:EX
Sent: Fri, November 10, 2006 5:18 PM
To: McDonald, J L PREM:EX; Christensen, Tom MCF:EX
I am delighted to let you know that as of today I have made two new appointments with respect to Leadership in the Ministry. Congratulations Donna and Patrick! I am so thrilled and honored that they have been willing to take on these new challenges and know that you will all welcome them and give them your support in their new role.
Firstly, Donna Knox is appointed as the Chief Operations Officer.
Donna has been involved with child welfare in government for the past 30 years and has been a Social Worker, Community Services Manager, Contracts and Resources Manager, and most recently the RED for the Vancouver Coastal Region. She holds a B.P.E. degree and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia. Donna has immense experience in operations, management and direct services to children, youth an ffamilies, and presently serves as a member of the provincial leadership team
The Chief Operations Officer (COO) is a new role at the Provincial Office to bring sharper focus to current and near-term priorities, projects, and critical response management. Donna will assit me in the oversight of day-to-day running of the ministry and free up some of my time to engage in directly facilitating transformation work.Reporting to me, she will oversee daily ministry operations, provide functional directional assistance to ADMs, screen emergent client issues and organize initial responses, and monitor high level projects.
Secondly, Patrick Doyle is appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Human Resources.
Patrick has over 20 years experience in Human Resources in both the private and public sector. Most recently he was a member of the province of British Columbia's main table bargaining team and is a current Board member of the Community Social Services Employers Association. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Public Administration degrees.
Patrick's work experience includes senior level work in labour relations, compensation and rewards, recruitment and retention, education and training, and disability management. He has developed and implemented numerous new HR programs and practices in these fields. He was the Ministry human resource lead on the devolution of Community Living programs from MCFD to the new authority Community Living British Columbia. He presently is a member of our executive leadership team as the executive Director of SHR.
As Assistant Deputy Minister, Patrick's responsibilities include strategic human resources, education and training, transformation change management support, and labour strategy for the ministry's contract sector.