May 7: Twitter Update from the Deputy Minister Jody Thomas

May 10, 2021 – Defence Stories

Friday Update: Heard lots this week from #DefenceTeam members through various channels. Thanks to all who have been so up-front with questions and feedback about addressing systemic misconduct. We will continue to engage with you.

I’ve heard it wondered aloud if some folks are being overly sensitive.

Wanting to feel safe and included in your workplace isn’t being overly sensitive. Our culture no longer responds to the needs of our members. We will do what’s necessary so that it does.

Yesterday, #DefenceTeam members received an update about the work of our Anti-Racism Secretariat. You can read it here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/maple-leaf/defence/2021/05/message-news-from-defence-team-anti-racism-secratariat.html

On Wednesday, LGen Rouleau and I had a great #MHW2021 coffee talk with some #DefenceTeam members. Great discussions around how to show empathy and the importance (and 100% legitimate action) of discussing with teams and managers how to do that.

May is Asian Heritage Month. Our DefenceTeam visible minority champion released this message: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/maple-leaf/defence/2021/05/champions-message-asain-heritage-month.html

As a COVID vaccine become available to you, I encourage each and every one of you to get your shot. Vaccines save lives. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/maple-leaf/defence/2021/05/president-treasury-board-urges-public-servants-get-vaccinated.html

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