National Public Service Week: Proudly Serving Canadians!

Message from Clerk Janice Charette and Deputy Clerk Nathalie G. Drouin

National Public Service Week

Happy National Public Service Week!

This is a great time for us to collectively reflect on the last year and all that you’ve accomplished as public servants for Canadians. We’ve prepared this short video message to express our gratitude for the dedication and hard work of public servants at all levels during a time of great need.

Please share the video below with your colleagues to communicate our appreciation for their efforts. The commitment of public servants across all departments and agencies to providing excellent programs and services to Canadians is inspiring and deserves recognition.

We hope that you will take some time this week, either in-person or virtually, to celebrate the fantastic successes of the last year with your teams. It is an honour to work with all of you.

Janice Charette (she/her)
Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet

Nathalie G. Drouin (she/her)
Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet


(National Public Service Week graphic next to bilingual text reading, “National Public Service Week – Celebrate. Connect. Reflect. Semaine nationale de la fonction publique – Célébrer. Établir des liens. Réfléchir.”)

(Janice Charette, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet)

(Janice Charette in front of the camera)

National Public Service Week is an opportunity to celebrate public service.

It’s also an opportunity to recognize and celebrate achievements from the past year.

(Nathalie G. Drouin, Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet)

(Nathalie G. Drouin in front of the camera)

Collectively, we have accomplished a lot. We have experienced a lot. It deserves to be highlighted and celebrated.

The public service has done so much to support people in Canada, and elsewhere, in a time of need – and it has been an extended period of need.

(Janice Charette in voiceover)

(Video of a woman turning a welcome sign from “closed” to “open” on the glass front door of a business.)

The impacts of that support are evident as we work to bolster the economy

(Video of people walking around in a busy shopping mall.)

and recover from the pandemic.

(Video of a woman picking up a can in a grocery store and reading the label.)

Canadians had food on the table despite lockdowns and closures.

(Video of a manager sitting in an office with an interview candidate, engaging in a conversation.)

We’re seeing record lows in the national unemployment rate.

(Nathalie G. Drouin in voiceover)

(Video of a military medical professional administering a COVID-19 vaccine to a patient in their left arm.)

Canada has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the world.

(Picture of a mother pushing a beach wheelchair into the water with her two children.)

As we welcome back visitors,

(Video of a bird’s-eye view of the Gros Morne National Park fjords.)

our national parks and historic sites

(Picture of two individuals standing outside their tent to watch the sunrise.)

are an ongoing source of national pride.

(Janice Charette in voiceover)

(Video of two employees engaging with an interactive coastal map on a large touch-screen computer.)

We’re fighting climate change and helping to reduce emissions.

(Picture of a father and his young daughter waiting to be processed by immigration officials.)

And we’re offering refuge to displaced people from around the world,

(Picture of Canadian Armed Forces officers reviewing the passports of Ukrainian refugees.)

including from Afghanistan and Ukraine.

(Nathalie G. Drouin in voiceover)

(Video of a Government of Canada employee putting on a headset while sitting in front of two monitors at their desk.)

Whether you’re a policy analyst

(Picture of a group of masked environmental enforcement officers at an event.)

or an inspections officer, thank you.

(Video of a student employee sitting in front of a computer, discussing a project with another employee.)

Whether you’re an administrative assistant

(Video of an employee viewing different angles of a topographical interactive map on a computer.)

or a research scientist, thank you.

(Janice Charette in voiceover)

(Picture of a scientist working with chemicals in a laboratory.)

Whoever you are,

(Picture of a public servant speaking at a panel discussion alongside panellists from other organizations.)

wherever you are across the public service – thank you.

(Video of a Canadian Coast Guard boat moving through the water.)

We’ve been steadfast in maintaining services for Canadians,

(Video of a group of employees walking into an auditorium.)

as we have for 155 years.

(Picture of an employee fully decked out in personal protection equipment handling equipment.)

And we’ve done it while facing new and unexpected challenges.

(Nathalie G. Drouin in voiceover)

(Video of employees talking while seated at a table.)

As we continue forward,

(Video of a scientist adjusting a piece of equipment.)

we will continue to be innovative

(Video of an electronics technologist adjusting a piece of equipment.)

and adaptable.

(Photo of a group of employees gathered around an office table.)

We will continue to build a public service that is diverse

(Video of an LSQ (Quebec Sign Language) interpreter interpreting a rendition of “O Canada.”)

and equitable, reflecting the Canadians we serve.

(Janice Charette in front of the camera)

So, this National Public Service Week, let’s celebrate and be proud of the work that we continue to do. We can all take pride in everything we have achieved, together.

Thank you.

(Nathalie G. Drouin in front of the camera)

Thank you.

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