Ontario Government Recognizes Outstanding Public Servants

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Ontario Government Recognizes Outstanding Public Servants

Ministry of Consumer Services

Amethyst Awards Showcase Public Service Working For Ontario Families And Businesses TORONTO, June 1 - On behalf of Premier Dalton McGuinty, Minister of Government Services Gerry Phillips today honoured the winners of the Amethyst Awards, which recognize excellence in the Ontario Public Service (OPS). "In every ministry, in every office, in every job they do, Ontario's public servants are making a real, positive difference for Ontario families and businesses," said Phillips. "Ontario is blessed with a public service that is second to none." Established in 1992, the Amethyst Awards recognize individuals and groups in the OPS who have made outstanding contributions in client service, innovation, valuing people and professional achievement. This year, 25 awards will be given to Ontario public servants. They will be recognized for achievements ranging from protecting the environment to partnering with other levels of government and improving the delivery of government services. "Our government supports the excellent work being done by the OPS for Ontarians," said Phillips. "Our Amethyst Award recipients are recognized for going the extra mile in their commitment to quality public service," said Secretary of the Cabinet Tony Dean. "I am proud to join Minister Phillips and the Ontario Public Service in celebrating their achievements." The award features the Ontario amethyst, the provincial mineral. Recipients also receive recognition from the Premier and the Secretary of the Cabinet. Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- AMETHYST AWARD WINNERS Contact Info George Garland (posthumous) Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs As manager of Engineering and Technology, George made a difference for the agriculture industry and the province. He helped farmers minimize environmental risks. He was respectful to everyone, including those who opposed him. To the public service, he continues to be an inspiration. Molly Elliott, Johna Giraldi, Troy Jenner, Patricia Johnson, Heather Kinnear and Cynthia Menyhart Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Team Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs This team has developed and implemented a program called HACCP Advantage that improves food safety, enhances consumer confidence and responds to the competitive needs of Ontario's food processing industry. The team is consistently focused on finding partnerships with government and industry to improve food safety. Several provinces are adopting the HACCP Advantage. Elizabeth C. Goldberg Ministry of the Attorney General As chief constitutional counsel since 1991, Elizabeth demonstrated outstanding leadership by leading the Constitutional Law Branch. Under her leadership, the branch earned a reputation for excellence in the government and in the legal community. She has provided legal advice to the government with integrity, intelligence and sound judgment. Jackie J. Heatherington (posthumous) Ministry of the Attorney General Jackie was the founding contributor to the Victim/Witness Assistance Program (V/WAP). V/WAP provides information, assistance and support to victims and witnesses of crime. Today, V/WAP has 45 offices across Ontario. Jackie was also a mentor to her staff and colleagues and a powerful advocate for her clients. Diane Nannarone Ministry of the Attorney General Diane has made Ontario a better place to live for women who have been abused. Over the past 12 years at the Ministry of the Attorney General, she helped establish the government blueprint for dealing with allegations of abuse in provincial institutions and ensured that community advocates are involved in the courts. Mary Rella Ministry of Children and Youth Services To enhance the development of parenting skills, Mary developed a model of working with parents who have supervised access visits with their children. Mary's efforts have resulted in the training of more than 700 child welfare professionals across Ontario in partnership with the Children's Aid Society of Toronto. Anthony (Tony) Johnson Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Tony helped establish a community partnership and protocol to manage high-risk offenders. This initiative has had a direct impact on ensuring public safety. It also contributed to a project that resulted in recommendations regarding policy initiatives and best practices for probation officers in Ontario. Tony has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, leadership skills and enthusiasm. Gerry Alderson, Johanne Almer, Tania Bechara, Ellen Bishop, Valerie Blackmore, Kelly Bowie, Tara Brutzki, Tania Burrows, Trevor Claxton, Joanne Cox, Brad Dafoe, Loretta D'Costa, Barbara Doupé, Orwin D'Souza, Renata Dziak, Barb Erickson, Rebecca Ford, Roger Frappier, Alpana Ghosh, Tanis Gornall, Andrew Greenfield, Cecilia Hageman, Margaret Henry, Susanne Holy, Lee Hulse-Smith, David Hunt, Sarah Johnston, Elida Kafarowski, Marcin Kaminski, Carlee Kantautas, Melissa Kell, Diane Komonski, Jack Laird, Wendy Lalonde, Rachael LeBlanc, Alana Lee, Suzanne Lima, Sandra Lindell, Kevin MacDonald, Sobia Malik, Al Marignani, Melinda Matte, Eleanor McAnsh, Christine McCarthy, Joel McGrory, Helen McKay, Jennifer McLean, Denis Michaud, Paulina Mickiewicz, Tricia Miller, Jonathan Millman, Karen Mills, Alison Morris, Scott Myhal, Jonathan Newman, Nancy Ouellette, Linda Parker, Brian Peck, Diana Polley, Maja Popovic, Ashok Raja, Ana Rakitin, Barb Reid, Melanie Richard, Melissa Seccariccia, Kim Sharpe, Shirley Shepherd, Megan Shepherdson, Monica Sloan, Jim Sloots, Randy Still, Nancy Stubbings, Jennifer Suzuki, Stefanie Thomsen, Dawn Tingley-Spironello, Kelly Jo Walden, Jeevaka Weerasinghe, Alex Welsh, Linda Williams, John Wilson, Libby Wong and Eugene Ziolkowski Biology Section - Centre of Forensic Sciences Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services The men and women of this team are Ontario's real-life CSI professionals. Their work ensures that investigators have scientific support to remove those who threaten public safety. Their work allows the judicial system to bring the right people to justice and ensures that innocent people are not improperly detained or convicted. Debbie Abt, Viola Babin, Carol Bailey, Shonna Bannister, Tracy Blasko, Katherine Blyth, Allison Burnett, Robert Cecile, Pegge Chartier, Jason Conrad, Debra Dumouchelle, Judith Flammia, Ernie Gerard, June Gilbertson, Ken Harper, Andrew Jackson, Sandi Johnston, Susan Johnston, Jackie Kerr, Lisa Kitchen, Patricia Kitchen, Sharon Kominar (posthumous), Anastasia Lamotte, Katherine Lehti, Christine Marion-Jolicoeur, Joan McSweeney, Deborah Meloche, Emelie Milloy, Vicki Pepper, Michelle Pope, Corinne Pszczonak, Joanne Rice, Dianne Ropat, Sonia Spriggs, Sue-Anne Stevenson, Christina Stramacchia and Yolande Ulman Windsor/Leamington Probation and Parole Services Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services This team demonstrated leadership by implementing the Probation and Parole Service Delivery Model. The model was based on extensive research of the supervision, intervention and rehabilitation of offenders by keeping public safety in mind. The team offers a full spectrum of services in five core rehabilitation areas. Robert (Bob) Adcock Ministry of the Environment While at the Ministry of the Environment, Bob worked to harmonize relationships among government, business and the public for the betterment of the public service, the environment and the people of Ontario. He managed complex multi-stakeholder situations with tact, leadership and open-mindedness and motivated staff to achieve excellence. Geoffrey Carpentier Ministry of the Environment Geoff has turned his passion for environmental protection into reality. He is widely recognized as an expert in approvals, pesticides, waste management and abatement. His contributions at the Ministry of the Environment have shaped and added value to many initiatives. Geoff's greatest attributes are his dedication to stakeholders, team and relationship building and staff mentoring. Jack A. Donnan Ministry of the Environment During his 33-year career with the Ontario Public Service, Jack Donnan has shown extraordinary leadership, commitment and dedication in applying economic principles and methods to environmental policy development in Ontario. His efforts have transformed the way the province protects the environment and the health of Ontario's families. Catherine (Cathy) Grant Ministry of the Environment Through her vision and leadership, Cathy managed the development of a truly innovative regulatory framework for air quality. The framework now serves as a model for other jurisdictions and will protect the health and quality of life for Ontario families for many years to come. Vince Taguchi Ministry of the Environment Vince is internationally recognized for identifying toxic chemicals in the environment. He was the first person to show that the carcinogen NDMA could be found in drinking water. NDMA proved difficult to measure because of its properties. Vince created a way to test drinking water for NDMA - now considered one of the best methods in the world. Marion E. Crane Ministry of Finance Marion has shown outstanding leadership in the ongoing development of the Tax Revenue Division at the Ministry of Finance. The business community, the Ministry of Finance, other ministries and employees have benefited from her dedication. Marion has the unique ability to lead and innovate while maintaining sensitivity in her dealings with all levels of staff. Linda D. Lane Ministry of Government Services Linda wanted to inspire women in the OPS to be their best and achieve their career and personal goals. So, on her own time, with some of her own money, she conceived and executed the "Women of Influence and Inspiration Seminars" across the OPS. She hosted her seventh seminar in May 2006. Femi Akande, Helga Alfano, Lise Allen, Debbie Anastasakos, Barry Anderson, Sean Armstrong, Wilma Aselstine, Shareen Azan-Sharda, Barbara Bacal, Srinath Bhandari, Raquel Binette, Martyn Bone, Virginia Boyes, Maureen Buckley, Carmen Buonaiuto, Allan Carter, Jerry Chan, Janice Cheng, Patricia Clarke, Eric Cohen, Carmela De Simone, Prashant Desai, Gerard Desmarais, Fayaz Dharamsi, Desmond D'Souza, Carly Ellis, Carol Evans, Andre Fiedeldey, Lucy Fromstein, David Fulford Christopher Hayes, Sandy Henderson, Roland Henning, Jeffrey Herrle, Ciaran Hickson, Marie How, Darlene Humphrey, Richard Jia, Kimberly Joo, Pam Kaur Louanne Keay, Charlene Keltz, Amy Lam, Helen Lee, Jay Lee, Raymond Lee, Joe Liscio, Ming Lui, Dawn Maruno, Olga Mikhailova, Andrea Montgomery, Asif Mumtaz, Susan Mussakowski, Akira Nakahara, Henry Ng, Greg Ogier, Jennifer Olah, Victoria Oprisan, Yogesh Paliwal, Karen Peterkin, Irena Pochadaj, Mary Pytlowany, Rita Quieti, Ameen Rahman, Mary Robbins, Don Robinson, Betsy Rothwell, Rose Russo, Andrea Sakellaropoulos, Carm Scarfo, Manbir Sehmi, Robert Selvam, Asif Shaikh, Rhondda Snary, Shelley Swyer, Robert Tee, Nadia Vakharia, Milan Veselinovic, Richard Wankiewicz, Sheri Wilkinson, Anita Wong, Victor Yau, Sofie Ye and Gail Yiu. Integrated Financial Information System (IFIS) Division Team Ministry of Government Services The IFIS team successfully replaced several incompatible financial systems with a single integrated system for the entire OPS. IFIS did many things: improved decision-making by providing better financial information; forced ministries and central agencies to work together for the benefit of a single system; and became a customer-centred, risk-managed and accountable initiative. Allison J. Stuart Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Allison is a leader who is committed to helping others. During the SARS outbreak she courageously and decisively led her team through uncertainty in a difficult time. As director of the Emergency Management Unit, she has led efforts to protect the health of Ontarians - as demonstrated by her leadership in dealing with the Peterborough. Dorothy Pringle, Ann Marie Strapp, Peggy White and George Zegarac Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care The Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care Project was groundbreaking. For the first time, nurses' contributions in caring for patients were measured. This project established the basis for improving the quality of care for patients and work life for nurses. The project has attracted national and international attention. Caroline Abrahams, Andrew Boggs, Anna Cain, Kevin French, Jess Gillespie, Jeff Goodyear, Jessica Hill, Andrew Irvine, Priscilla Lam, Frances Lamb, Helga Loechel, Ann Matte, Diane McArthur, Shu-Yan Mok, Monique Wernham and George Zegarac Northern Ontario School of Medicine Implementation Team Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities In August 2005, a new medical school opened in Sudbury and Thunder Bay for the first time in more than 35 years. This achievement required collaboration, dedication and focus from employees in the Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care and Training, Colleges and Universities. This team showed professionalism, innovation and enthusiasm throughout the entire project. Wes Bell, Sandy Bell-Murray, Ruth Berzaitis, Robert Burkholder, Cal DiFalco, Dale Elliott, Jim Faulkner, Fran Foulds, Kim Gallow, John Goch, Jacqueline Grenon, Angela James, Ilonka Landry, Kathleen McDonald, JoAnn Miller-Reid, Geoff Nancekivell, Deborah Newman, Cathy Paul, Glenn Semple, Gilbert Tayles, Lee Tustin and Paul Wheeler Youth Justice Services Ministry of Children and Youth Services In the late 1990s, Ontario's youth justice system was fragmented and focused on incarceration and punishment, rather than rehabilitation and positive reintegration of youth into the community. Using a consistent, integrated, meaningful and youth-focused approach, the Youth Justice Transformation Team transformed the delivery of services to youth in conflict with the law. Amy Auyeung, Dianne Beausoleil, Brian Belanger, Talib Bhaloo, Ruth Carmichael, Debra Chiasson, Gayle Clements, Mary Cresswell, Stephanie Dalrymple, Donna Day, Phyllis Doucette, Huma Durrani, Debbie Farr, Karin Fischer, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Marie-Claire Foisy, Melanie Goldhar, Daniel Grant, Jeff Hambides, Peggy Hoffman, Tracy Kaminski, Didi Kaur, Heather Knight, Michael Ksiezopolski, Young-Jin Lee, Huguette Lepage, Heather Maynard, Katherine Money, Lynn Neuman, Loraine O'Neill, Kate O'Rourke, Victoria Robinson, Suzanne Rowe Knight, Rachel Sabourin, Rod Sawyer, Rita Scagnetti, Diane Shannon, Estelle Small, Valerie Spours, Stan Squires, Brian Steves, Vicki Train, Sherri Wark and Kristina White "GO" to the Libraries Initiative Ministry of Government Services Staff from the Ministry of Culture and ServiceOntario worked together to identify 34 libraries across Ontario that could provide basic government information services to clients online, by phone and in person. The team completed the project with a shared goal of delivering high-quality local public services. Jane Adair, Nasreen AliKhan, Angela Allan, Maria Alles-DeVos, John Antoszek, Greg Armstrong, Janna Arntz-Gray, Mark Ayton, Dino Bagnariol, Ravi Bhusia, Deborah Bissett, Kathy Black, Brian Blomme, Sam Boonstra, Brian Booth, Gerry Bouchard, André Bourdon, Nadia Brescacin, Craig Browne, Diana Brugos, Joseph Bucik, Bill Bunker, Anne Buntic, Sarah Burwell, Frank Campagna, Brian Cardy, Norm Cato, Karen Chan, Joe Cillis, Jean-François Claude, Cécile Cléroux, Jim Connell, Robyn Connelly, Dan Conte, Don Cross, Greg De Vos, Judy Dezell, Nadine Domingos, Louis Doyle, Christine Dukelow, Robert Duncombe, Kerri Dunning, Paul Evans, Bill Fitzpatrick, Ronda Fraser-Trinder, Valentyna Galadza, Simona Gasparetto, Claudette Grange, Kathleen Guillot, Gaea Guruprasad, Joanne Hemstead, Jim Hiraishi, Raymond Horton, Greg Houlahan, John Howe, Walter Kenedi, David Kerr, Jeff Kerr, Lynne Kranidis, Fred Lalonde, Jane Leckey, Tom Lemoyre, Diane Lepage, Cecilia Ligon, Wendy Lovett, Trisha MacNeill, Adrian Mann, Ami Martell, Tony Masliwec, Rose Massey, Jovan Matic, Christopher Maziarski, Craig McClelland, Cal McDonald, Donna McGee, Brett McLennan, David Meinen, Andrew Miernicki, Boris Mihov, Michele Nagy, Nicole Nel- Maynard, Howyi Nelson, Selena O'Brien, Shaun O'Reilly, David O'Toole, Bill Paterson, Richard Perron, Karen Petch, Monica Phillips, Tomasz Pieczonka, Cathy Pilon, Mario Pincivero, Bruce Pollard, Martha Pruitt, Julie Quinn, David Rabah, Dino Radocchia, Marina Rangel, Christian Roch, Martine Rochon, Brian Rosborough, Michele Ross, Ilan Salamon, John Schaefer, Cornelia Schmitt, Joanne Scott, Diane Sedore, Vincent Sferrazza, Brian Shappee, Maria Singh, Yori Singh, Edward Soo, Peggy Stewart, Mariela Suarez, Mary Jo Sullivan, Sharon Tansley, John Taylor, Peter Templin, Bala Tharmabala, Nadia Thompson, JoAnne Jay Thompson, Amanda Tisi, Pat Vanini, Cam Vatandoust, Marc Whittingham, Larry Wilcox, Magda Wolanowska, Heather Wright, Ed Yudin and Vince Zingaro Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) Joint Secretariat Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing COMRIF is a partnership between the Government of Canada, the Ontario government, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and Ontario municipalities to improve and renew public infrastructure across Ontario. The Joint Secretariat was designed to deliver the COMRIF initiative. From a jointly managed website and public contact centre to ongoing client support, the Joint Secretariat has shown a successful partnership among three levels of government. Mike Klem, Terry Popowich, Brian Saar Northwest Ontario Forest Fire Infrastructure Renewal Team Ministry of Natural Resources The Ministry of Natural Resources' Aviation and Forest Fire Management Program team had a vision: to provide the professional workforce, partners and communities with state-of-the-art facilities to protect them from wildfire and to support Emergency Management response activities. The result: the team has managed more than 120 projects in 11 northwestern Ontario communities. Harry Alkema, Barbara Breen, Priscilla Chattarpaul, Joseph Denny, William Keel, Chris Mustachi, Lawrence Philadelphia, George Pilla, Wilma Piovesan and Jennifer Stewart Access Enforcement Solutions Roll-Out Team Ministry of Transportation This team showed leadership by developing an innovative access channel to the Ministry of Transportation's database information. Access Enforcement Solutions (AES) gives enforcement officials real-time online access to driver, vehicle and carrier records from their vehicles. AES connects many provincial and federal ministries and other public sector agencies. 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