Message from the Deputy Minister and Associate Deputy Minister
June – A Time for Renewal and Reflection
Dear Justice Colleagues,
The signs of summer are now upon us—warmer temperatures, sunny skies, and a yearning to get outside and celebrate. It’s only fitting that June is associated with connection and renewal.
This month we mark a number of special days in this spirit of joy and hope. It’s the start of Canada’s LGBTQ2 Pride season, and it’s National Indigenous History Month. On National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), all Canadians are invited to recognize the culture, and contributions of our country’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. During the lead-up to Canada Day, we’ll also celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24) and Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27), acknowledging Canada’s incredibly diverse heritage. We all know that our celebrations will look different this year, but Canadians are a hardy people and will find a way while still respecting physical distancing.
But first, we look forward to celebrating you, and all public servants, during National Public Service Week (NPSW), June 14 to 20. You’ll soon hear more about our plans to recognize your achievements, but we hope that you’ll also embrace the pride and recognition that comes from within. While the way you are working and the challenges you are facing are different, you still continue to serve Canadians and keep our operations running with dedication, professionalism and perseverance. In these times, when so many Canadians are facing difficulties, your work is more important than ever.
While we will be marking this week virtually, it does not take away from the importance of connecting with each other. We will share our successes, at work and in our communities, and celebrate each other – through new, innovative and virtual ways this year.
We encourage you to take the time to reflect on everything that you and your colleagues have accomplished over the last several months, in your career and in your personal life. You’ve likely learned new skills or rediscovered old ones. Maybe you’ve reconnected with far-off friends or colleagues, or mastered a different online tool. Regardless of where you were when we parted last March, June is a time to come together again and enjoy clearer skies.
As we begin this time of celebrating with friends and family, reconnecting with nature and reflecting on our own progress, let’s ensure that we continue to foster the connections that matter the most to us. Please continue to reach out to your friends and colleagues across the Department to check in, catch up, and acknowledge how far we’ve come.
Thank you again.
Nathalie G. Drouin, Ad. E. – A. François Daigle
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