It must have been fate

Four days after she was named children and family development's new quality assurance assistant deputy, the ministry has finally gotten around to telling staff about Sandra Griffin. According to an email circulated yesterday morning on behalf of deputy minister Lesley du Toit, Ms. Griffin describes herself as "someone who has worked in the field of children and family development for close to 35 years because 'the health and wellbeing of children and families is the basis of health and wellbeing for a nation.'" And, as an added bonus, her experience - by mysterious happenchance - seems to exactly match the preferred qualifications for that new post - which was filled after a poorly-advertised, Christmas job search. The following is a complete copy of that email.

-----Original Message-----
From: Erickson, Jennifer MCF:EX [mailto:Jennifer.Erickson@gov.bc.ca]
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 11:21 AM
To: MCF All Exchange mailboxes
Cc: Burns, Heather PAB:EX
Subject: Message from the Deputy - New ADM


Dear Colleagues:

Please join me in welcoming Sandra Griffin to the newly established position of Assistant Deputy Minister for Integrated Quality Assurance in the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Describing herself as someone who has worked in the field of children and family development for close to 35 years because "the health and wellbeing of children and families is the basis of health and wellbeing for a nation", Sandra comes to us with a rich background in research, policy and practice. She has been a practitioner working with children and families, a researcher and instructor with the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, a twice elected school trustee for the Greater Victoria School District as well as a provincial public servant in our province. Most recently, she headed a national non-government organization in Ottawa prior to becoming Chief of Staff for the Honourable Ken Dryden when he was Minister for Social Development Canada. She comes to us now from her position with the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health/BC Initiatives for Aboriginal Health at the University of Northern British Columbia.

In all of her positions, she has always taken an active role in building dynamic and effective teams to move agendas that make a difference in the lives of children and families. She has been a committed volunteer in the field with executive and board positions in numerous organizations including the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, the Canadian Child Care Federation and the National Children's Alliance. In recognition of her volunteer work in the field, she has been awarded a Canada Volunteer Award, a Queen's Jubilee medal and a National Award for Excellence in Child Care.

She was on the Canadian delegation to the United Nation's Special Session on Children in May 2002 where Canada became a signatory to the global action plan "A World Fit for Children". She subsequently sat on the intergovernmental committee that drafted Canada's action plan, "A Canada Fit for Children. Sandra is co-author of a number of practice-based curricula including ethics in human service practice and using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in human service practice and was actively involved in the Alberta government's development of an accreditation system for early childhood learning and care services. She was also on a national committee for the development of outcomes-based guidelines for assessing quality child care in aboriginal communities.

We look foward to working with Sandra as we strengthen quality assurance policy and practice across all aspects of our services to children, youth and families and are very pleased to welcome her to our MCFD Leadership Team.

Lesley du Toit
Deputy Minister

1 Comment

As a government employee I can state that I have NEVER known any job posting (other than entry level) to be anything other than a fait accompli.

The only surprise is how poorly this is covered up.

How can the BC Government insist that they are 'the best place on earth to work' when they cannot even manage hiring decisions that can withstand scrutiny?

Catered qualifications are only one trick, another is to convince under-qualified gov employees to apply, so that they can show that the 'most qualified' person got the job.

Another trick is to post a job when a person they don't want to apply is on vacation.

No wonder they have such trouble attracting and retaining staff.

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