Right now, the provincial government is in the red. And this week, so will the employees at Shared Services BC - the division hardest hit by the Campbell administration's second round of workforce adjustments. Four weeks after being bloodied by those cuts, its chief executive officer Beth James is encouraging staff to "wear red, decorate your office or fly the Canadian flag" as part of an effort to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. There will also be a pizza lunch and hockey game to help employees cheer on Canadian athletes. The following is a complete copy of the email announcing those events.
From: James, Beth SSBC:EX
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2010 8:33 AM
To: SSBC Victoria Staff Only
Subject: Message from CEO to SSBC Victoria Staff
Let the Games Begin!
Today's the day more than three billion people around the world will have their eyes on British Columbia, as the 2010 Winter Olympic Games begin.
It's been almost six years since Vancouver won the bid to host the Winter Games and preparations began in earnest to deliver an unforgettable experience. If you're not volunteering behind the scenes or sitting ringside at a hockey game yourself, you can still join in the fun. We have a host of activities planned - in our own Olympic venue (a.k.a. the Atrium at 4000 Seymour) - that will allow your Olympic spirit to shine through.
Join me as we "Paint the Town Red" beginning next Monday. Throughout the Games, we're encouraging you to wear red, decorate your office or fly the Canadian flag - let your imagination run wild. There will be prizes! Supplies will be set up in the Atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to help kick-start some inspiration. Bring your enthusiasm, creativity - and have some fun.
On February 16th and the 25th, we'll be holding a pizza lunch. I know there will be a hockey game playing on the 25th, so how great will that be - eating pizza with your colleagues while watching a bronze medal game. Pre-order lunch details can be found on the intranet.
We've other surprises in store - including our own hockey game (yes, a hockey game!) so visit the intranet for a complete calendar of events and activity details. TV monitors will be on in the Atrium between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for the next two weeks so, whenever you get a spare moment, head on down to catch some highlights and cheer on our athletes as they go for gold.
President and CEO
Shared Services BC