Janice Charette praises public servants’ ‘professionalism and dedication’

By on 22/12/2015
Janice Charette, former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, Government of Canada, appointed as high commissioner to the United Kingdom as part of a major reshuffle, annoucing 26 new appointments of ambassadors and high commissioners, by Stéphane Dion, minister of foreign affairs

Canada’s most senior government official Janice Charette has praised the country’s public servants for their “continued hard work, dedication, professionalism” and their support in this year’s transition of government.

Charette – clerk of the Privy Council and cabinet secretary – posted a message to public servants on the privy council website last week saying: “With the holiday season upon us and a new year just around the corner, I encourage us all to pause and take stock of all our recent accomplishments.

“I would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued hard work this year, particularly as we supported the orderly transition of government [following a general election which brought a new Liberal government to power].

“Thanks to your dedication and professionalism, the public service delivered in so many ways, both here and abroad. Together, we worked to improve the lives of Canadians and secure a strong future for Canada.”

Public servants, she said, “have an amazing mission we can all be proud of,” adding that “our vision of a public service that is agile, high-performing, innovative and collaborative will allow us to succeed.”

Charette encouraged officials to use the Christmas break to “take time for yourself and for your family” and to “hold a special thought for our men and women in uniform and our colleagues hard at work and willing to miss a holiday of their own so that others may enjoy one,” and finished the letter by saying: “Please accept my best wishes to you and your loved ones for a happy and healthy 2016!”

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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