September 18: Twitter Update from the Deputy Minister Jody Thomas

September 18, 2020 - Defence Stories

Friday Update:  To our CAF families—spouses, partners, parents, siblings, and kids: your love and support is the foundation of Defence Team strength and resilience. Without you, none of this works. Thanks for being awesome.  #MilitaryFamilyAppreciationDay

Notably, it can be stressful looking for a new job when your CAF spouse is posted. (I know it was for me.) The Military Spouse Employment Initiative both supports #CAFfamilies and strengthens the Public Service. Read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2020/09/department-of-national-defence-is-making-sure-military-spouses-and-partners-have-more-job-opportunities.html

We said from the start of the pandemic that business resumption planning would be subject to regional health conditions. As a case in point, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health today declared that Ottawa is officially in a #COVID19 resurgence.

That means we need to re-evaluate elements of business resumption planning, both here in the National Capital Region, and our other locations as well. We also need to step up our vigilance against the COVID threat. More to follow.

The reality of COVID-19 is that very personal choices have very public consequences. So make good choices. Hand washing. Mask wearing. Physical distancing. Stay home if you’re sick. Opt to work from home if feasible.     

Lots of good online education taking place across the Public Service to address racism and discrimination. The next session in the @School_GC Anti-Racism series is 21 September: More info here: https://www.csps-efpc.gc.ca/events/anti-racism/respect-day-2020-eng.aspx

Our DND leadership team needs to better reflect the Canadians we all serve. We recently launched a recruitment campaign to ensure more inclusivity within our highly skilled EX team. Can’t wait to welcome our new colleagues. https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=1493510

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