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Premier Horgan honours public service dedication and innovation

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Premier Horgan honours public service dedication and innovation

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Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Sonja Zoeller
Communications Manager
Ministry of Finance
250 387-1248
Contacts
Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Sonja Zoeller
Communications Manager
Ministry of Finance
250 387-1248

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Premier Horgan honours public service dedication and innovation

Public-service employees were recognized for applying new, innovative ways of providing services in seven categories: Emerging Leader, Innovation, Leadership, Organizational Excellence, Partnership and Legacy. Two new BC Public Service Hall of Excellence inductees were also recognized.

Emerging Leader:

Rainer Nicdao led the Vancouver Integration and Outreach Team in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, assisting clients facing significant challenges, including homelessness, addiction and domestic violence.

Innovation:

The Ministry of Finance introduced the Additional Property Transfer Tax. This innovative new tax is the first of its kind in Canada.

Leadership:

Jennifer Goad’s leadership qualities were put to good use in a variety of natural resource sector roles, including when she helped end the Grace Islet controversy — a Southern Gulf Islands land-use disagreement — through consultation between multiple levels of local and regional government, 13 First Nations and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Organizational Excellence:

B.C.’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch transformed the liquor industry by rewriting legislation, developing progressive new policies, streamlining business processes and establishing B.C.’s reputation as a progressive leader in liquor reform.

Partnership:

Through the $1-million Refugee Readiness Fund, staff helped welcome and settle 3,000 Syrian refugees to B.C. from 2015-16 with a made-in-B.C. approach, forging new partnerships, expanding cultural awareness and creating community capacity throughout B.C. for generations to come.

Legacy:

With over three decades in the BC Public Service, Michael Shepherd’s advice is sought not only by the highest levels of executives, but countless colleagues as well: a “Michael Shepherd, QC, opinion” is considered the gold standard for solicitor’s legal advice. Shepherd has contributed significantly to the Province’s debt management and success in the capital markets, saving millions in costs and mitigating risks.

Legacy:

After 35 years, Mike Wei is B.C.’s leading authority on hydrogeology and the management and protection of groundwater. From developing nationally leading legislation and regulatory standards, supporting the new Water Sustainability Act, to his work on tools mapping, classifying and monitoring aquifers, Wei shaped B.C.’s management of groundwater and the public health of British Columbians who rely on it.

BC Public Service Hall of Excellence:

For almost 30 years, Dave Jagpal has helped deliver income assistance to B.C.’s most vulnerable citizens, many of whom are homeless and dealing with multiple barriers — including addictions and mental health issues — in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. His passion to improve outcomes for marginalized groups has resulted in positive, life-changing impacts and improved services for the benefit of all British Columbians. 

BC Public Service Hall of Excellence:

Brent Merchant began as an entry-level correctional officer and rose to lead the Adult Custody Division before becoming assistant deputy minister. Under Brent’s leadership, BC Corrections became a national leader in a more humane, respectful way of supervising offenders in the community and caring for inmates in custody. He was also instrumental in addressing capacity challenges by adding a total of 800 new cells throughout B.C.

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