The ministry of children and family development wasn't the only public institution that got a thrashing in child protection watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's most recent report - Amanda, Savannah, Rowen and Serena: From Loss to Learning. In that report, Ms. Turpel-Lafond states, "It was strongly hoped that the establishment of a social work program at the University of Northern British Columbia would significantly improve the recruitment and retention of well-trained staff. The results have apparently been mixed, with some new graduates leaving the Ministry after a year or two of employment...If better results are to be achieved in the system of supports and services for vulnerable children, then more careful monitoring and evaluation is required of the placement of graduates, program content, and human resource issues." But the program's chair doesn't seem to be in much of a rush to respond to those concerns.
In an interview with Public Eye, Dawn Hemingway stated, "I would actually prefer to go back and look at the comments in context before I respond. It just has not been possible for me to do that at this point. So I would really prefer to be able to do that before I responded just to see what she was saying around that and maybe actually give her a call myself. So, at this point, I would prefer to actually get back to you at a later date." And when will that later date be? "It could be next week. As I say, I'm in the middle of two days of hiring now. And then I'm heading to Toronto. But I will try to do that and see if I can get to that and connect with her myself."
Public Eye had placed a message with Ms. Hemingway on Monday, notifying her we would be seeking a response to Ms. Turpel-Lafond's concerns.