In the latest Toddcast (a program for and about public servants) airing this week, the episode features real life heroes in the public service:
Not individuals with super strength, bullet proof skin or x-ray vision as host Todd Lyons describes but rather those, “in the public service who you can walk by dozens of times and not even notice unless you’ve paid deliberate attention.” Todd goes on to say,
“they’re easy to miss because they keep their powers hidden.”
Meet Terry Kelly, an example of this, who Todd shines the spotlight on for this episode. Terry Kelly, now a part of the GCTools team at Treasury Board, started his career in the federal public service fifteen years ago with the Correctional Service of Canada in Kingston.
From there, he and his spouse had an opportunity to relocate to Ottawa but the transition had its challenges. Kelly describes being in a real operational atmosphere in Kingston, on the front lines dealing with inmates and using a database only to then move to Ottawa and being challenged with simple office functions such as Word and Excel.
Outside of work, there were real life challenges as well, all that presented themselves within a very short time span: loss of a family pet, a plane crash and dealing with the loss of both parents from cancer.
Then workforce adjustment happened, which was a period of uncertainty for many public servants. Instead of getting bogged down with negativity, Kelly took a different approach. He looked to Blueprint 2020, which launched soon after that and found that its message really resonated with him.
He started to live the Blueprint 2020 vision and take more risks. Soon after finding out about GCConnex and GCPedia, Kelly decided he wanted to get involved in helping to improve them. He contacted the GCTools team at Treasury Board, an assignment opportunity was offered and he’s been there since.
Just last week, the Clerk of the Privy Council relaunched the GCTools suite at the public service-wide innovation fair. The tools have been revamped with a new look and functionality to enhance greater collaboration across the public service. Kelly was on hand, giving demos to public servants:
— GCconnex (@GCconnex) April 20, 2016
Hear all of Terry Kelly’s story and his journey from there to here in his own words by listening to the complete Toddcast episode below:
Other public servants showcasing their story and super skills to offer are those participating in the Free Agents pilot by IN•spire, Natural Resources Canada’s Innovation Hub:
— Abe Greenspoon (@worldofabe) April 25, 2016
The Free Agents pilot allows hiring managers across departments to easily and quickly access a pool of top innovators in the public service for assignments. NRCan takes care of all HR arrangements. The pilot is inspired by Deloitte’s GovCloud model.
To learn more about the Free Agents pilot, visit the official page on GCPedia here (accessible by federal public servants only).