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Message from the CAO: Celebrating Excellence Quarterly Newsletter

Graphic with a dark blue background and white text that says Message from the CAOAs we near the end of 2021, I want to thank you for your hard work this year and your adaptability in the face of change.

Last month, I announced a significant restructure at the municipality, with the introduction of two Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) positions. We welcomed Caroline Blair-Smith to the role of DCAO Corporate Services and Denise Schofield as DCAO Citizen Services. These new, cross-department positions set us up for success by providing executive support on complex issues in our region, like homelessness and climate change.

We continue to safely live and work in a pandemic that is everchanging. This year, we saw vaccinations roll out across Nova Scotia, and with it, our Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. I greatly appreciate your support in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace while continuing to provide valued services and programs to our community. With the newest variant, Omicron, detected in Nova Scotia, being vaccinated is more important than ever.

I’ve really enjoyed having the chance to get back out into our offices and meet some of you in person, including visits to Duke Tower, the new Halifax Transit office at the TD Building, and the Mackintosh Depot construction site. However, given the public health restrictions that come into effect on Friday, such visits will not be continued until a further directive is issued in the new year.

Pictured above, left: Visiting the new Transit offices at the TD Building in downtown Halifax. Jacques Dubé, CAO; Shawn McAndrew, Technical Services Advisor; Dave Reage, Executive Director, Halifax Transit; Marc Santilli, Manager, Technical Services; Blair Jeffers Superintendent, Technical Services (left to right).

Picture above, right: Visiting the Mackintosh Depot construction site. Jacques Dubé; Stephen Outerbridge from EXP; John MacPherson, Executive Director, CCS (left to right).

The municipality is growing and changing, with record numbers of new people calling our region home. When we welcome newcomers to our community, we also welcome new employees, like Frans, who I was lucky to celebrate at his recent Canadian citizenship event.

Frans Sanders, Privacy Specialist, Access & Privacy with a cake to celebrate becoming a Canadian citizen.

Pictured: Frans Sanders, Privacy Specialist,
Access & Privacy with a cake to celebrate
becoming a Canadian citizen.

As we look back on this year and forward into 2022, there are many municipal initiatives, both completed and underway, that are building a foundation for future improvements in our region. These wouldn’t be possible without your ongoing efforts. I am proud of how far we’ve come, and I’m excited for the year ahead.

Stay safe and be well.

Wela’lioq, amitiés, kind regards,


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