Earlier, we reported the premier's deputy minister Jessica McDonald is moving on to "future career opportunities." And here's how she explained that departure to civil servants: "We have made great strides over the past few years, and I feel it is time to step aside and give the opportunity to another to continue this work." The following is a complete copy of that internal message, in which she acknowledged the announcement would "come as a surprise," adding that "I have no immediate plans for my future, other than to spend time with my family and consider the next phase of my career."
From: McDonald, Jessica
Sent: Monday, October 5, 2009 11:33 AM
Subject: A Message from Jessica McDonald
Thank You to the BC Public Service
I am writing to you today to announce that I will be leaving the BC Public Service. I know this will come as a surprise, and I wanted to convey my personal thoughts directly to all of you.
I have served as a Deputy Minister to Premier Campbell for six years, more than four of which as Head of the BC Public Service. These years have been a constant source of great pride and it is difficult to imagine a more rewarding opportunity, not just as part of a career, but as a British Columbian.
A healthy organization is a constantly evolving one where new ideas and energy come together to chart a strong course forward. We have made great strides over the past few years, and I feel it is time to step aside and give the opportunity to another to continue this work.
This was not an easy decision. I considered enabling a change of leadership during the transition immediately following the election, but I found I could not take the decision to leave in the middle of impending workforce adjustment. I felt it was important to see any job impacts through, continuing to work on finding every solution to minimize effects on employees. I am proud of the intensive work we have done over the months leading up to the implementation of the revised budget. I can now leave my position knowing in my heart that every step has been taken to continue building a strong public service and avoid any unnecessary hardship for individuals.
While I am announcing my intentions today, I will remain available to assist my colleague and successor, Deputy Attorney General Allan Seckel, over a three-month period to ensure a smooth transition. I have no immediate plans for my future, other than to spend time with my family and consider the next phase of my career.
Thank you for making the past six years so memorable and rewarding. I have found my strength during challenging times in the inspiring work of individuals across the public service. Thank you for the work you do every day, and for the values you uphold.