Message from the Deputy Minister and Associate Deputy Minister
A Message of Thanks and Support
As we near the end of the week of this unprecedented time, we continue to adapt to an ever-evolving situation. We have all heard the direct instructions from our public health authorities:
- Stay at home, and only go out for essentials.
- If you must go out, practice physical distancing (two metres).
- If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself and contact your local public health authority.
- Self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from international travel.
- Self-monitor for symptoms or self-isolate if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Follow the Chief Public Health Officer’s recommendations.
We know that these are challenging messages to hear. Many of us are juggling work with childcare or older parents, or worried about loved ones who live in another city or region, or are still outside the country.
To this end, there is another message we want to share with you today: Thank you.
First and foremost, thank you for staying home and listening to our Chief Public Health Officer, the Prime Minister and your local authorities. This is the single most critical way we can help flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Thank you, also, for your dedication to carrying out your work while maybe, at the same time, trying to teach (or distract) your children.
Thank you for finding innovative ways to keep in touch with your teams that don’t put a strain on our network and thank you to our IT folks who are working with Shared Services Canada to strengthen those networks.
Thank you to those of you who are making sure our core operations continue, even as government priorities remain focused on COVID-19.
Thank you, as well, to everyone involved in communicating vital information to employees and Canadians, and to everyone who is working around the clock to put emergency orders, regulations and legislation in place—including the emergency federal funding legislation, Bill C-13, which received Royal Assent on March 25.
This is not an exhaustive list but know that it applies to each and every one of you. In particular, for those of you who have been asked to remain off the network to allow for critical work to be done, know that we appreciate your cooperation and your patience, and your willingness to work during off-hours. You are an invaluable part of the Justice Canada team.
We are extremely proud of the Department’s work to support Canadians and we want you to know that you are not alone. There are resources to help you stay physically healthy and, just as importantly, to take care of your mental health.
We will continue to share the most up-to-date information through messages from Bill Kroll, our Assistant Deputy Minister Corporate Management and Chief Financial Officer, and via our new employee resource webpage.
We are deeply grateful for your ongoing professionalism and know that we will get through this together.
Nathalie G. Drouin, Ad. E. – A. François Daigle
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