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Public Servant Recipient of Prestigious Meritorious Service Medal

Public Servant Recipient of Prestigious Meritorious Service Medal

July 5, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

The Governor General recently presented fifty-two Canadians with Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) and a federal public servant was one of them.

Nick Frate from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) received the honour for advancing diversity and inclusion, namely for volunteer work with LGBTQ2 youth in Montreal.

The Civil Division recognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brought honour to their community or to Canada.

In addition to his work in the community, Nick Frate is also well known across the federal public service for being a champion of social leadership and diversity.

His colleagues at the CRA recently covered Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in a video that went viral to support the Agency’s launch of its new internal diversity website.

The lyrics were reworked to reflect the message of diversity and in addition to the website launch, the hashtag  was created to promote awareness on social media:

Nick Frate is also the brainchild of the successful LeadersGC initiative in the public service.

Joining him are the Collaborators, a team of engaged public servants from across departments.

Each event is guest hosted by a senior Executive in the federal public service.

All public servants can participate in the #LeadersGC discussion on Twitter and catch up on highlights from past series below:

  1. November 5, 2015 – “Embrace the Social Leader in You” with Andrew Treusch
  2. November 12, 2015 – “The Essence of Social Leadership” with Nancy Chahwan
  3. November 19, 2015 – “Building the Workforce of the Future” with Denise Amyot
  4. November 26, 2015 – “Engagement and Pride in the Public Service” with Clerk Janice Charette
  5. January 21, 2016 – “Raising Awareness Around Mental Health and Stopping the Stigma” with Debbie Beresford-Green
  6. February 18, 2016 – “Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service” with Graham Flack
  7. March 17, 2016 – “Official Languages in the Public Service” with Graham Fraser and Donna Achimov
  8. April 15, 2016 – “Coaching and Mentoring in the Public Service” with Dan Couture
  9. April 20, 2016 – “Blueprint 2020 Innovation Fair: Recruitment in the Public Service” with Anne Marie Smart
  10. May 19, 2016 – “23rd Annual Report and Priorities for the Public Service” with Clerk Michael Wernick
  11. June 16, 2016 – “Celebrating Diversity in the Public Service” with Christine Donoghue

Video

Watch the cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” here:

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Other Links

Read the Governor General’s official news release here.

Follow Nick Frate on Twitter here.

Public Servants Get Real About Diversity in the Public Service

Public Servants Get Real About Diversity in the Public Service

June 28, 2016 | By | 1 Comment

Yesterday was Canadian Multiculturalism Day, which the Clerk and departments/agencies were promoting awareness of online:

The topic of diversity in the public service has been a recurring one this month.

First, Public Works and Government Services Canada produced a short video starring public servants titled, “Show Your Colours” to promote awareness around fighting homophobia and transphobia:

Secondly during National Public Service Week, the Clerk was direct with his remarks during his first television interview when he stated that, “the public service has work to do in all aspects of diversity, frankly.”

This was followed by public servants continuing an honest and open discussion on diversity in the public service, as it was the theme for this month’s LeadersGC event.

This month’s LeadersGC was co-hosted by Christine Donoghue, President of the Public Service Commission.

When public servants were asked which HR tools are needed so that leaders at all levels can benefit from inclusion in the workplace, many public servants responded by saying that staffing processes need to be reevaluated so that hiring managers can ‘cast a wider net’ and hire based on best fit.

The Public Service Commission did recently launch the new direction in staffing on April 1, meant to give hiring managers more flexibility and the ability to tailor staffing requirements according to their own unique business needs.

Highlights

Question 1) The terms diversity and employment equity are often used interchangeably. What is the difference between them?

Question 2) With Canada’s changing demographics, do you think that employment equity groups reflect Canadian society?

Question 3) What are the risks of not adopting an approach that encourages diversity and inclusion at work?

Question 4) Tell us about how your contribution through your own diverse identity has led to a successful outcome at work.

Question 5) What are some ways to effectively manage the challenges associated with diversity in a team?

Question 6) What action is the public service taking to foster an inclusive workplace and increase the understanding of diversity?

Question 7) What HR tools are needed so that leaders at all levels can benefit from inclusion in the workplace?

Question 8) What kind of efforts and initiatives would you personally undertake to ensure a commitment to diversity and inclusion?

Other Links

Read the official Storify from the LeadersGC chat on diversity in the public service by clicking here.

Public Servants Cover Queen in Harmony for Diversity

Public Servants Cover Queen in Harmony for Diversity

May 30, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Several public servants with some natural born talent from the Canada Revenue Agency got together last week to cover Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in support of the Agency’s launch of its new internal diversity website.

The lyrics were reworked to reflect the message of diversity and in addition to the website launch, the hashtag  was created to promote awareness on social media:

The video was filmed and uploaded to the social media tool Periscope as part of the monthly #whatsthescope challenge; an initiative launched by public servants from the Ottawa Technology Centre at the CRA to get others to establish their presence on the platform and showcase the power of engagement and connecting with others.

Periscope is a live video streaming app for smartphones. It describes itself as, “[letting] you explore the world through the eyes of somebody else.”

The #whatsthescope challenge is being held throughout 2016, with each month covering a different theme.

Video

Watch the rendition here:

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Public Service Commission Doing More for LGBTQ+ Public Servants… Because it’s 2016

Public Service Commission Doing More for LGBTQ+ Public Servants… Because it’s 2016

January 5, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

In the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) latest Blueprint 2020 progress report to the Clerk, the PSC highlighted that it is being proactive in championing diversity and fostering more inclusive work environments in support of LGBTQ+ public servants by:

  • Launching a PSC-wide Diversity Committee last March with four sub-committees, each with its own Champion. One of those sub-committees is called “Positive Space” for LGBTQ+ representation;
  • Raising employee awareness about stories of important figures in the LGBTQ+ community for Women’s History month;
  • Celebrating diversity and promoting International Human Rights Day to employees;
  • Promoting anti-homophobia messaging to employees through videos like “The Riddle,” produced by the United Nations Human Rights Office; and
  • Raising awareness on LGBTQ+ issues via all-staff emails and to obtain feedback from employees on where the PSC should focus its efforts in the future.

Building healthy, respectful and supportive work environments was one of the Clerk’s priorities for the public service in her annual report from last May.

In it she said, “[the Canadian public service is] recognized as a dynamic and respected world-class institution. [It is], and must be, reflective of Canada’s diversity, including in [the] workplaces.”

In line with how other public services around the world are championing diversity and promoting more inclusive workplaces in support of LGBTQ+ public servants, the PSC is being proactive and taking a leadership role in the Canadian public service by doing the same for its employees in the workplace.

Video

Watch the United Nations Human Rights Office’s video here:

Other Links

To read the Clerk’s complete annual report on the public service, click here.

Clerk Talks Women Leaders with the UK Civil Service

Clerk Talks Women Leaders with the UK Civil Service

July 20, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Clerk Janice Charette recently travelled to the UK to visit their civil service and while there, participated in an armchair discussion open to civil servants at a women leaders event. The Clerk was joined by Melanie Dawes, the Permanent Secretary (Deputy Minister equivalent) for the Department of Communities and Local Government, as well as the gender diversity champion for the civil service. Together, they spoke about the position of women in the public service in Canada and the UK, and how Canada prepares women for top roles.

The Permanent Secretary pointed out that Canada’s federal public service is a “step ahead” in terms of gender equality:

  • 55% of all core federal public servants in Canada are women compared to 53.3% in the UK;
  • 46% of EXs in Canada are women compared to 37.9% in the UK;
  • 41% of DMs in Canada are women, while only 20% are women in the UK; and
  • The UK is still waiting for its first female Cabinet Secretary (most senior public servant, equivalent to the Clerk), while Canada has had two female Clerks.

UK civil servants had many questions for the Clerk ranging from what she thinks about “positive discrimination” to challenges around career progression and official languages when working from the regions.

The Clerk spoke about some of the other concrete things Canada is doing around gender equality and even gave some insight into Cabinet meetings with the Prime Minister where female representation and appointments across departments is discussed every month. She was asked what she wants to achieve as a leader, and she shared what is being done around Blueprint 2020 and what the priorities are for the coming year in the Canadian federal public service.

She also brought her charm and sense of humour with her and judging from reactions and smiles in the audience, civil servants there enjoyed their time with the Clerk, whose talk was serious when it needed to be but the tone was personable, down to earth and genuine, drawing laughter throughout and enthusiastic applause at the end.

Other Highlights

Some nuggets of insight from the Clerk throughout the conversation:

On evaluating job opportunities throughout her career: “Who I worked for was sometimes more important than the job I was asked to do.”

On being very committed to asking: “How do I continue to learn every day?”

On leadership and success: “Being smart is not enough to be successful, it’s about how you interact with individuals and how you manage relationships.”

Video

Catch the entire discussion in the video below:

With files from here.

Doing More for LGBTQ+ Employees in the Public Service

Doing More for LGBTQ+ Employees in the Public Service

July 8, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Following Pride events around the world last month and the historic decision on marriage equality by the Supreme Court in the United States, the public service in other countries have been quick to reaffirm support for their LGBTQ+ public servants:

Comparatively, the Canadian public service has arguably not been as proactive and visible in its support for its LGBTQ+ public servants. Perhaps with a new Chief Human Resources Officer set to take the reigns on August 10, this is an opportunity for more awareness, greater visibility and support for LGBTQ+ public servants in the Canadian public service.

Take a look at what the public service in other countries is doing to foster a more inclusive workplace, to support awareness around sexual orientation and gender diversity:

United States

The public service in the United States has developed a guide to, “help LGBT Federal employees make more informed choices about how best to pursue their individual claims when they believe they have suffered from discrimination.”

Senior leaders such as the Chief Human Resources Officer equivalent, promotes awareness with blog posts: usgov-blog01

As well, various government entities and senior leaders such as the Chief Human Resources Officer equivalent have been promoting awareness via a strong presence on social media:

United Kingdom

The UK civil service highlights participation in LGBTQ+ activities and events:

Strong pride presence within the UK armed forces:

Display of support at federal buildings:

Promoting awareness and support via a strong presence on social media:

Public servants and senior leaders (including their equivalent of the Clerk) show support in blog posts that are highlighted across government:

Other Links

Read the US public service’s guide on “Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment: A Guide to Employment Rights, Protections, and Responsibilities,” here.