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Public Service Commission Sixty-First Annual Report JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31, 1979 British Columbia. Legislative Assembly [1980]

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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
PUBLIC
SERVICE COMMISSION
SIXTY-FIRST ANNUAL REPORT
JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31, 1979
 The Honourable Evan M. Wolfe
Provincial Secretary and Minister of Government Services
 To the Honourable Henry P. Bell-Irving, Lieutenant-Governor
of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned respectfully submits the Report of the Public Service Commission, Province of British Columbia, from January 1 to December 31, 1979.
EVAN M. WOLFE
Provincial Secretary and
Minister of Government Services
Victoria, B.C., February 1980.
 Arthur G. Richardson
Chairman, P.S.C.
J. Meryl Campbell
Commissioner, P.S.C.
Gerald H. Cross
Commissioner, P.S.C.
George Geddes
Commissioner, P.S.C.
 The Honourable Evan M. Wolfe,
Provincial Secretary and Minister of Government Services,
Province of British Columbia.
Sir: In conformity with the provisions of section 9 of the Public Service Act
(chapter 45, Statutes of British Columbia, 1976), I have the honour to submit
herewith the Report of the proceedings and work of the Public Service Commission
from January 1, to December 31, 1979.
ARTHUR G.
Chairman
RICHARDSON
J. MERYL CAMPBELL (Miss)
Commissioner
GERALD H. CROSS
Commissioner
GEORGE GEDDES
Commissioner
Victoria, B.C., February 1980.
  TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
Organization Chart  9
Highlights During 1979  10
Reports of Divisions —
Administration and Employee Relations  11
Recruitment and Selection  13
Staff Development  15
Accident Prevention  19
Acknowledgments  23
Appendix  26
  CHAIRMAN
A. G. Richardson
COMMISSIONERS
J. M Campbell
G. H. Cross
G. Geddes
ADMINISTRATION AND
EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
W. J. Williams
Director
RECRUITMENT
AND SELECTION
K. M. Hanson
Director
ADMINISTRATION
AND RECORDS
REGISTRAR OF APPEALS
INFORMATION SERVICES
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
DOCUMENTATION AND
IMPLEMENTATION
STAFF
DEVELOPMENT
K. E. G. Jackson
Director
REGIONAL
OPERATIONS
Vancouver
Bumaby
Kamloops
Nelson
Prince George
VICTORIA
OPERATIONS
PRIORITY
PLACEMENT
PERSONAL
PLACEMENT
ACCIDENT
PREVENTION
W. R. C Leitch
Co-ordinator
SAFETY
OFFICERS
DEFENSIVE
DRIVING STAFF
SENIOR
SAFETY OFFICER
ADMINISTRATIVE
SUPPORT
STAFF DEVELOPMENT
OFFICERS
ADMINISTRATIVE
SUPPORT
STAFFING
CONSULTATION
PLANNING AND
POLICY DEVELOPMENT
DIRECT
RECRUITING
ADVERTISING
ADMINISTRATIVE
SUPPORT
ORGANIZATION CHART
Public Service Commission, December 31, 1979
 HIGHLIGHTS DURING 1979
• George Geddes was appointed a member of the Commission.
• Ten formal policy meetings were held by the Commission.
• The Commission heard 31 appeals during the year and settled an additional two
appeals without hearings.
• Miss J. Meryl Campbell, Commissioner, commenced pre-retirement leave.
• The Essondale office was closed after 21 years of service.
• The Burnaby office was relocated into more spacious accommodation and
combined with the former Essondale staff.
• The Personal Placements section placed 179 clients in regular positions and a
total of 55 disabled students were placed in summer jobs.
• Staff Development Appropriation Fund provided $172,176 to 1,567 employees
for training assistance.
• Diplomas in Public Administration were awarded to 22 employees.
• There were six work-related fatalities in 1979.
• Over 80 Defensive Driver Training courses were held during 1979.
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 ADMINISTRATION AND EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
This Division is responsible for the statutory and regulatory provisions of Part
1 of the Public Service Act, and provides services to the Public Service Commission and ministeries through three sections — Documentation and Appointment
Implementation, Administration and Records, and Information Services. The
Division also provides services of registration and investigation of appeals to the
Commission.
Commission policies continued to be introduced and/or amended. Included
were Oaths-of-Office for non-Public Service employees who are attached to the
Public Service; posting coverage; and appeals procedures dealing with competitions. Chapter 10 was issued, completing the Public Service Commission Operations Manual, and the Regulations Manual was amended on a continuing basis.
With assistance from a law student, appeal records have been summarized, catalogued, and indexed.
The Division Director represented the Commission on the Personnel Appraisal Review Committee and Personnel Policy Advisory Committee, and other staff
members participated in a variety of committees, including the Screening Committee.
There was a turn-over rate of 12.9 per cent of staff appointed by the Commission with a total of 3,814 staff leaving positions in the Public Service, compared to
a turn-over rate of 14.8 per cent in 1978. (See table on page 33.)
A total of 91 requests was received from public servants seeking approval to
engage in remunerative employment with other employers or receive remuneration
from public funds. Pursuant to sections 50 and 51 of the Public Service Act, 84
requests were approved and seven were refused.
Under the provisions of section 49 (1) of the Public Service Act, the effective
date of retirement was extended for seven employees who had attained the age of 65
years.
During 1979, in accordance with section 49 (2) of the Public Service Act, a
total of $1,080,827.69 was paid in retiring allowances to 263 employees. Death
benefit payments, as provided in section 53 of the Public Service Act, totalled
$552,601. Sixty-two payments were made. The Superannuation Branch administers sections 49 (2) and 53 of the Public Service Act under authority delegated by
the Commission.
At the end of the year, Commission establishment totalled 102 permanent
positions.
LEGISLATION
Section 3 of the Public Service Act was amended in order that the Commission
may, in writing signed by all its members, authorize one or more of the members to
sit as the Commission with respect to any matter. This was necessary to expedite
competition appeal hearings.
il
 AWARDS FOR LONG SERVICE
His Honour Lieutenant-Governor Henry P. Bell-Irving and Mrs. Bell-Irving
again hosted ceremonies at Government House for Public Service employees with
25 and 35 years of continuous services with the Provincial Government. The
Honourable William R. Bennett, Premier, presented certificates to 212 employees
with 25 years of continuous service, and watches to 30 employees with 35 years of
service. Master of Ceremonies was the Honourable Evan M. Wolfe. After the
ceremonies, recipients and their guests enjoyed a reception and dinner where they
were joined by their ministers and deputy ministers.
APPEALS
Exclusive of appeals redirected to ministries and resolved there, 166 competition and policy appeals were filed with the Division Director as the Commission's
Appeals Officer, reflecting an 8.5-per-cent increase over 1978. The number of
cases appealed to the Commission from the Appeals Officer's decisions rose by 13
per cent.
INFORMATION SERVICES
Various forms and pamphlets were updated and printed during the year, the
rating guide for appraising employee performance was amended and the Annual
Report for 1978 prepared.
The Commission published its final issue of Contact. This information bulletin for Public Service employees began as the Civil Service Newsletter in 1960.
Following the resignation of the Public Information Officer in August 1979,
this position was transferred as a matter of ministerial policy from the Commission
to Central Information Services, General Administration of the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Government Services.
IMPLEMENTATION
Appointment Action forms processed between December 1, 1978 and
November 30, 1979 totalled 30,117, a decrease of 11.1 per cent from the previous
period. March 1979 was the heaviest month with 4,841 forms processed, while the
lowest was in January 1979 with 1,803 forms.
During the same time period, 554 employees had salary increments withheld,
probationary periods were extended for 123 employees, and 23 employees were
rejected on probation.
SCREENING COMMITTEE
The Screening Committee continued to meet monthly to consider cases of
employees who no longer can perform the duties of their positions for health
reasons. The Committee is chaired by Dr. L. D. Kornder, Director of Occupational
Health, and includes four other members — two who represent the unions and two
who represent the employer. A total of 213 cases was considered, of which 98 were
resolved. The Commission provides secretarial and administrative services to the
committee, and the Director of Recruitment and Selection is a key member.
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 RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION
Recruitment and selection offices are now established at six locations throughout the Province. The six offices are located in Vancouver, Burnaby, Nelson,
Kamloops, Prince George, and Victoria. Due to operational requirements, the
Essondale office was closed after completing 21 years of service. At the same time,
the Burnaby office was relocated and enlarged to accommodate the staff and
functions of the Essondale office.
The tempo in regional offices has increased considerably, particularly in the
Kamloops and Prince George area. Apart from chairing selection panels, the
regional representatives spent considerable time discussing job prospects with the
public as well as counselling employees of the Public Service.
The Victoria Direct Recruiting office is responsible for recruiting, testing, and
referring of applicants to beginning level entry vacancies, and continues to be very
busy. Lorna Vinden retained responsibility for that office in addition to her duties
as Senior Personal Placement Officer.
In the 12 months ending November 30, 1979, the number of employees hired
on staff under the authority delegated to the various ministries was approximately
9,500, excluding the Liquor Distribution Branch. Regular and auxiliary appointments made through the Commission numbered 12,760, an increase of approximately 3 per cent over those made in 1978. The number of competitions closing
increased by 6 per cent to 3,296.
During the year resources were allocated to provide training sessions to
Commission and ministry personnel staff in order to improve the quality of the
selection process. By year's end this effort was showing results. Expert consulting
service was provided to ministries through training and education programs.
There is still a shortage of applicants for certain professional positions such as
accountants and certain types of engineers. Special advertising campaigns were
conducted to obtain applicants in these positions, which were only partially successful. As well, registered nurses, speech therapists, and audiologists are still in
short supply.
PERSONAL PLACEMENT
The case load handled by this section exceeded 1,400 persons by year-end.
This was an increase of 70 per cent over last year. The Division representatives
have visited the various ministers, ministries and government agencies to promote
the hiring of disabled and disadvantaged applicants. During the year, 179 were
placed in regular positions in the Public Service. A new responsibility was assumed
by this division to place summer students who are handicapped. Fifty-five placements were made.
PRIORITY PLACEMENT
The placements of redundant staff, Screening Committee referrals and red-
circled employees is one responsibility of this section. During the year, 131 priority
list employees were placed. Over 500 persons remain on the priority placement list.
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 STAFF COMPLEMENT
The table on page 34 in the Appendix indicates the staff complement in the
various ministries as at December 31, 1979, compared to that as at December 31,
1978. Direct comparisons within ministries are not possible due to organizational
changes made in December 1978. These changes include some of the following
program transfers:
• Energy programs moved from former Ministry of Energy, Transport and
Communications to Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
• Programs from the former Ministry of Recreation and Conservation were
moved to the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Government Services.
• The Government Employee Relations Bureau moved from the Ministry of
Finance to the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Government Services.
• Programs from the Ministry of Environment and the entire Department of
Housing moved to the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing.
• The Safety Engineering Division moved from the Ministry of Highways
and Public Works to the Ministry of Labour.
• The Travel Division moved to the Ministry of Tourism and Small Business
Development.
The program reorganization of ministries announced by the Premier on December 1979 is not reflected in the December 1979 totals.
The decreases in the November 30 Liquor Distribution Branch figures reflect a
change in the reporting of temporary employees from the "number of people
employed on a temporary basis" to the "number of full-time equivalent employees".
Overall, the number of persons employed increased in 1979 by 517 persons,
or about 1.25 per cent.
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 STAFF DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
In carrying out its mandate of "sponsoring, encouraging, administering, and
participating in programs of employee training," the Staff Development Division
has experienced several changes over the past year.
The number of offices and training rooms at headquarters in Victoria was
increased and the daily operation has been reorganized. The facilities were in
constant use and on some occasions additional training accommodation was rented.
TRAINING MANAGERS' STUDY CONFERENCE
This event was introduced in October 1978 as a replacement for the monthly
Inter-Ministry Training Representative Meetings. As a result, several Task Forces
were appointed to study and prepare:
(1) a policy statement on staff development and training;
(2) a statement defining the division of reponsibilities between the
Public Service Commission (Staff Development Division) and the
ministries; and
(3) a recommendation regarding a standardized data reporting system
for staff training/development records.
Three Study Conferences were held during 1979 to discuss and resolve issues
or problems and to review existing as well as future proposals for training and
development in the Public Service.
CATALOGUE
The catalogue sets out the policies and procedures and describes the training or
development programs scheduled during the year The calendar is issued as a
looseleaf insert at three separate times — fall, winter, and spring. In this way,
managers/supervisors and prospective participants have advance notice of the
training calendar.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATION FUND
Financial assistance was given to individual employees to enrol in a wide
variety of training, development, and educational programs. The largely academic
and technical courses ranged from one-day seminars to specialized subjects leading
to advanced academic degrees.
There were 1,567 applications approved which involved a total disbursement
of $172,175.75. This was an increase of some $25,000 in the amount of assistance,
with 24 fewer participants than the previous year.
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 EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING PROGRAM (EDTP)
This is a three-year in-service course comprising lectures and assignments,
conducted by the faculty of the School of Public Administration, University of
Victoria. The purpose is to broaden knowledge and capacity for problem-solving as
well as to develop a pool of qualified personnel from which middle and senior
management may be selected. Successful completion leads to the award of a
diploma in Public Administration.
(1) Class XXI— Twenty-two employees completed their studies and
graduated on September 14, 1979, with an assembly at the University of Victoria.
(2) Class XXII — Twenty-six employees are continuing with their third
year of studies which will lead to graduation in September 1980.
(3) Class XXIII — Twenty-four employees entered the second year of
study in September 1979.
(4) Class XXIV — Thirty-seven employees entered the first year of the
program with a one-week lecture session commencing on September
17, 1979.
Class XXI— Graduates of Executive Development Training Program
Back row from left to right — D. R. Lister, Transportation, Communications and Highways; D.
A. Harris, Education, Science and Technology; R. G. Trenaman, Forests; R. J. Vinge, Attorney-
General; E. W. Levens, Finance; P. E. Parent, Transportation, Communiciations and Highways; J. J.
Kosowick, Transportation, Communications and Highways; J. G. Rodgers, Liquor Distribution
Branch; R. K. Mclntyre, Transportation, Communications and Highways; B. E. Mohn, Liquor
Distribution Branch; F. W. Johnstone, Health; K. R. Beeds, Finance.
Front row from left to right — V. A. Holm, Forests; T. P. Harkness, Public Service Commission; T. J. Bergen, Liquor Distribution Branch; A. B. McVicar, Human Resources; G. A. Baker,
Economic Development; J. V. Byers, Transportation, Communications and Highways; R. Hooper,
Glendale Lodge Society; S. A. Frost, Human Resources; D. A. Phillips, Provincial Secretary and
Government Services.
Missing — E. J. Raven, Attorney-General.
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 CORRESPONDENCE COURSE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (CCPA)
This is a seven-month in-service course, comprised of 24 assignments and a
four-day residential workshop, conducted by Staff Development Officers. The
purpose is to familiarize employees with the structure of government and other
functions of the Public Service of British Columbia, to improve ability in written
communications, and to develop skills in managing and supervising staff.
Ninety employees are selected and are divided into two classes each year. In
1979 the following two classes completed the course:
(1) Class 15 (A) — Thirty-one members of the original group graduated
and received certificates at a luncheon held April 12, 1979, at the
Island Hall Resort, Parksville, B.C.
(2) Class 15 (B) — Thirty-two members of the original group graduated
and received certificates at a luncheon held April 26, 1979, at the
Island Hall Resort, Parksville, B.C.
The 1979/80 group of selected employees were assigned to Classes 16 (A) and
16 (B) and received their educational materials in August 1979.
Correspondence Course in Public Administration, Class 15 (A)
Front row from left to right — Phyllis Pollard, Staff Development Officer, Public Service
Commission; Beth Meredith; Margaret Callaway; June Parlow; Miss J. Meryl Campbell, Commissioner, Public Service Commission; Donna Noga; Helen Newman; Anita Sangha; Barbara MacDonald; Shirley Brauner.
Middle row from left to right—Brian Lucas, Staff Development Officer, Public Service
Commission; Pamela Westmacott; Esther McParlon; Beverly Stevens; Joanne Palmer; Archibald
Sanderson; Creighton Smith; William Davey; Brian Vath; Richard Baker; Michael Yusko; Jackie
Smith; Helen Giesecke; Leida Brogan, Staff Development Officer, Public Service Commission;
K. E. G Jackson, Director Staff Development, Public Service Commission.
Back row from left to right — Bruce Wilkinson; Keith Burton; Douglas Hack; Douglas Turner;
Richard Crozier; Garry Ward; Roy Gavelin; Gordon Hardie; John Black; Allen Lacharity; Steven
Seaton; William McCauley.
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 Correspondence Course in Public Administration, Class 15 (B)
Front row from left to right — Carolyn Cassar; June Dukeshire; Meredith Mann; Diane Bur-
dyny; Thelma Thomlinson; Miss J. Meryl Campbell, Commissioner, Public Service Commission;
Burga Black; Cindy Gawley; Moira Wainwright; Phyllis Pollard, Staff Development Officer, Public
Service Commission.
Middle row from left to right — Ron Edward; Paul Hesketh; Joe Small; Glenn Pritchard; Alex
Graham; AI Moir; Bob Cameron; Mike Beaumont; George Ralph; Lloyd Lomas; Bob Ell; Leida
Brogan; Lome Ekstrom; Fred Stevenson; Gary Roper.
Back row from left to right — Richard Brunning; Art Carey; Wayne White; Alex Halkett; Herb
Steele; Ross Stoneman; Gene Watt; Murray Dyer; Geoff Robinson; John McDonald.
PUBLIC SERVICE STAFF MANAGEMENT (PSSM)
In September 1978 the four-part modular program was initiated. Modules I
and III, given by staff from the Division, contain material specific to staff management policies, procedures, and practices within the Public Service. Modules II and
IV have been developed from the former course, Principles of Supervision, and
expanded to cover the human relations dimension of staff management. These
latter modules are offered by selected independent trainers and involve experiential
learning in a workshop setting.
Module I — Staff Management in the Public Service was presented by the
staff of the Division on 19 different occasions during the year. A total of 143
employees attended this four-day program at six separate locations throughout the
Province.
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 Module II — Basic Staff Management Workshop was delivered by selected
independent trainers on 16 different occasions during the year. A total of 237
employees attended this workshop at six separate locations throughout the Province.
A variety of additional training programs were offered through this Division
and details are provided in the last table on page 37.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND IN-HOUSE PROGRAMS
In the past year the Staff Development Division has assisted groups of
employees within a ministry or agency of the Public Service by sponsoring a
designated number of seats or a specific training/development event. During 1979
the following group events were sponsored:
Industrial Power Systems — Ministry of Labour.
Designing a Curriculum (Dacum) — Ministry of Environment.
Small Group Training Skills — personnel from four ministries attended.
Interview Skills Training — Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Government Services.
Management of Training Program — joint sponsorship with Ministry of
Forests.
Management Practices Workshop — personnel from several ministries
attended.
ACCIDENT PREVENTION DIVISION
During 1979, requests for services from ministries with specialized needs
increased significantly and assistance was provided on an individual basis by
Divisional staff.
A safety officer, representing the Provincial Government, participated in the
revision of the Workers' Compensation Board First Aid Regulations. The new
regulations have clarified statutory obligations.
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 The Division participated in the training of first aid attendants through both
tuitional and instructional support. Special assistance was provided to Highways,
Terrace Region, to prepare and deliver training courses in Survival First Aid and
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation.
A training program has been developed with assistance from the Education
Division of the Workers' Compensation Board to provide instruction to members
of local Occupational Health and Safety Committees.
More than 71 million hours were worked by employees within the 21 ministries and branches included in the Division's Accident Summary Report.
Tragically, there were six work-related fatalities during 1979. In May an
employee of Highways was killed near Dawson Creek when crushed between two
trucks. A member of the Forest Service died in August as a result of severe burns
received after the plane in which he was travelling crashed in the East Kootenays.
In September there were three fatalities involving separate ministries — a Forest
Ranger at Barriere died following the crash of the helicopter in which he was
travelling; a recreational consultant with the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and
Government Services died in an aircraft crash near Beaver Cove on Vancouver
Island; and a Highways flag person was struck and killed by a car on the highway
south of Williams Lake. In December an employee with the Ministry of Human
Resources was killed when the car in which she was a passenger was in a collision at
Coquitlam.
Divisional staff were involved in a number of special projects during the year:
Wilderness Survival Training
Training for employees was conducted in three strategic locations — Fort St.
John, Smithers, and Vancouver Island. All courses were conducted during winter
environment conditions.
Chartered Aircraft
The Inter-ministry Air Transportation Committee continued to evaluate the
use of chartered aircraft by public servants. A number of documented incidents
involving government workers, as well as an apparent increase in the number of
nonfatal and fatal crashes of chartered aircraft, were major issues. Policies were
recommended to provide guidelines on appropriate procedures for selecting a
charter contract.
Underwater Diving
Due to an increase in scuba and skin-diving operations, special seminars were
conducted in underwater diving. Procedural rules were established for the emergent evacuation of a diver in life-threatening circumstances.
Hazardous Chemicals
Special training was provided for the use of hazardous chemicals and procedures are being established.
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 Meetings and Conferences
Divisional staff participated in a number of special conferences and symposiums on health and safety, including those held by the Industrial Accident Prevention Association of Ontario, the Canadian Standards Association, the Canadian
Society of Safety Engineers and the B.C. Workers' Compensation Board.
The annual inter-ministry workshop held in Campbell River attracted 60
representatives. Emphasis was placed on the establishment of Ministry Health and
Safety Committees and guest speakers representing industry, labour, and the
Workers' Compensation Board participated.
Defensive Driver Training
Over 80 Defensive Driver Courses were presented to 1,600 employees during
1979. An additional 11 instructors were trained increasing the number of active
volunteer Defensive Driving Course instructors to 54.
Safety Awards
The Premier's Annual Safety Awards were presented at a luncheon on
November 29. The Honourable William R. Bennett, Premier, presented the
awards. The Honourable Evan M. Wolfe, Provincial Secretary and Minister of
Government Services was Master of Ceremonies and gave special recognition to
the Prevention Services Division of the Workers' Compensation Board, acknowledging the continued support given to the Provincial Government Safety Program.
Target zero awards for smaller ministries and branches with a low hazard
rating acknowledges employees working at least two successive years without a
time loss injury. Winners were:
Ministry of Economic Development
Superannuation Branch, Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Government Services
Hospital Programs, Ministry of Health.
Target awards for larger ministries with low hazard ratings whose employees
achieved an accident severity rate of less than 200 days lost per million hours
worked, were presented to:
Ministry of Attorney-General — Court Services
Ministry of Consumer and Corporate Affairs
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Ministry of Environment
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Labour.
The Premier's Award for Safety Achievement is presented to the higher
hazard ministry with the greatest improvement over its previous accident severity
record. This year, the winner was the Highways Division, Ministry of Transportation, Communications and Highways.
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 Premier's Safety Award
Left to right — R. G. Harvey, Deputy Minister of Transportation
Highways; the Honourable W. R. Bennett, Premier; the Honourable A.
Transportation, Communications and Highways.
Communications and
V. Fraser, Minister of
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Target Zero Awards and On-target Awards
Back row from left to right — J. A. Matkin, Deputy Minister of Labour; R. tiling, Deputy
Minister of Mines and Petroleum Resources; A. L. Peel, Deputy Minister of Economic Development;
J. Bazowski, Deputy Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs; J. Glenwright, Deputy Minister of
Hospital Programs; B. D. Marr, Deputy Minister of Environment; J. R. Fleming, Assistant Deputy
Minister of Education; J. D. Reid, Superannuation Commissioner, Ministry of Provincial Secretary
and Government Services.
Front row from left to right — R. H. Vogel, Deputy Attorney-General; the Honourable W. R.
Bennett, Premier; R. G. Harvey, Deputy Minister of Transportation, Communications and Highways; the Honourable A. V. Fraser, Minister of Transportation, Communications and Highways; the
Honourable E. Wolfe, Provincial Secretary and Minister of Government Services.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The Chairman wishes to record his sincere appreciation to his colleagues on
the Commission, to each member of the Commission's staff, the Government
Agents, the ministerial personnel officers, the solicitors of the Attorney-General's
Ministry, to the Civil Service Commissioners of other provinces and the Federal
Government for their able assistance, and to you, Mr. Minister, for your sympathetic appreciation of the Commission's problems.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Arthur G. Richardson, Chairman
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 35-year Long Service Awards, 1979
Left side — back row from left to right — Arthur Willoughby, Consumer and Corporate
Affairs; Stella Patmore, Health; Kenneth Garland, Provincial Secretary and Government Services.
Front row from left to right — William Ridgway, Attorney-General; Gwyneth Davies, Attorney-General; Ruth Hawkins, Human Resources; Lois Kaldestad, Health; Marjorie Park, Human
Resources.
His Honour Lieutenant-Governor Henry Bell-Irving, the Honourable W. R. Bennett, Premier.
Right side — back row from left to right — Robert Burnham, Human Resources; Norman
Blake, Finance; Aubrey Branham, Consumer and Corporate Affairs.
Front row from left to right — Nancy Yeadon, Attorney-General; Barbara Mackenzie, Health;
Elizabeth Langley, Attorney-General; Yvonne McCully, Labour.
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 15-year Long Service Awards, 1979
Back row from left to right — William Balbirnie, Transportation, Communications and Highways; William Boughey, Transportation, Communications and Highways; Graham Robe, Environment; His Honour Lieutenant-Governor Henry Bell-Irving; the Honourable W. R. Bennett,
Premier; Eric Robinson, Forests; James Drake, Transportation, Communications and Highways;
William Marken, Transportation, Communications and Highways.
Front row — Mary Damjanac, Forests.
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 APPENDIX
EMPLOYEES WITH 25 YEARS' CONTINUOUS SERVICE NOVEMBER 1979
AGRICULTURE
William James Boyd
Kamloops
Craig Hill Brownlee
Kelowna
Kenneth Elgar May
Vemon
John William Allinson
Surrey
Peter Keith Bailey
Vancouver
Henry Benedict Bjamason
North Vancouver
Gordon Reginald Casford
Burnaby
Albert Ralph Covey
Kamloops
Kenneth Lawrence Freeborn Earl
Maple Ridge
George Barrymore Hunter
Vancouver
Bernard Aloysius Kenkel
Maple Ridge
Nestor Jerome Supeene
Chilliwack
Robert LeRoy Wilkinson
Victoria
ATTORNEY-GENERAL
Edward Lupul
Prince George
James McConachie
Chilliwack
Neil Armand McDiarmid
Victoria
Alfred Messenger
Tsawwassen
Wilfred John Richard Nicholson
Pritchard
Kenneth Albert Handley Simmons
New Westminster
William Richard Solon
Port Coquitlam
CONSUMER AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS
Liquor Distribution Branch
Eric Embert Benwell
Prince George
Ewald Arthur Boldt
Victoria
Madeleine Louise Corry
Burnaby
John Henry Elwell
Victoria
Reginald John Gillard
Victoria
Leslie Graham Haylett
Nanaimo
Arthur Hein
Maple Ridge
Ralph Jacques Holden
Victoria
Kenneth Robert Holloway
Vancouver
Harry Vernon Jarvis
Nelson
Thomas MacAuley
Vancouver
George Elwood McCluskey
Vancouver
Hiram Albert McEwan
Bumaby
Richard Leslie Mullett
Maple Ridge
Wilfred Woodrow Watson Nobbs
Revelstoke
Henry Pluym
Port Albemi
Lawrence Phillip Roberge
Merritt
Howard Douglas Robinson
Bumaby
John Jaroslaw Ruryk
Prince George
Walter Kenneth Silburn
Victoria
Joseph Walker Smith
New Westminster
James Eric Southall
Cowichan
26
 CONSUMER AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS — Continued
John Francis Sullivan
Victoria
Donald Sumner Wallis
Vancouver
George Laverne Webb
Chilliwack
Gordon Philip Henry Yule
Bumaby
Liquor Control and Licensing
Ronald Ernest George Smith
North Vancouver
EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Gladys Helen Bayer
North Vancouver
Audrey Edna Darwood
Vancouver
Alexander Georgiou
Richmond
Albert Edward Glover
Victoria
Charles Jeffrey Phillips
Victoria
ENVIRONMENT
Alexander Robert Douglas Robertson
Victoria
Ira Lewis Withler
Williams Lake
FINANCE
Marion June Craigmyle
Victoria
Joan Elizabeth Griffith
Victoria
Harold Julius Lanki
Suney
Keith Martin Lightbody
Victoria
Keith Ellwood Littler
Victoria
Seiji Matsuo
Grand Forks
Leonard Gordon Miller
Vernon
William Gilmer Mundell
Port Albemi
Lillian Nicholson
Victoria
FORESTS
Iain David McCallum Armit
Victoria
Donald Keith Bradley
Vancouver
George Alexander Bruce
Grand Forks
Richard LePoer Trench Clifford
Victoria
Robert Wallace Clouston
Kamloops
Dietrich Bernhardt Doerksen
Prince George
David James Doig
Vancouver
George Andrew Fazakas
Armstrong
Scott Lambert Finding
Victoria
Robert Henry Forsbert
Victoria
Robert Raymond Fredricksen
Gibson
Denis Laurier Garon
Prince Rupert
Matthew Hannah
Delta
Thomas Harvie
Williams Lake
Edward Wakefield Hewitt
Kamloops
Matt Albert Hill
Chilliwack
Nicholas Laurence Kozoris
Victoria
Ivan Joseph LaCouvee
Port Albemi
27
 FORESTS — Continued
Joseph Leonel Roland Lussier
Norman Herbert Spidel
Nelson
Prince George
Joseph Andrew Dennis McDonald
Ivan Wallace Teal
Williams Lake
Vancouver
Juanita Ellen Moody
Herbert Bruce Thompson
Victoria
Kaslo
Arthur Albert Myers
William Walter Thomson
Kamloops
Kamloops
Harold Osborne
Frances Phyllis Vernon
Fauquier
Prince George
Alan Garrett Rayner
David Patrick Wallinger
Vancouver
Victoria
Ronald James Rivington
Lenore Frances Washburn
Porf McNeill
Victoria
Richard Gilbert Scarisbrick
Cymryd Pritchard Williams
Victoria
Victoria
Leo David Schulte
John Leslie Younghusband
Prince George
Golden
Patrick Doyle Seaman
Victoria
HEALTH
Health Units
Dorothy Legath
Willa Eileen Davies
Maple Ridge
Duncan
Rosabelle Blanche Lohnes
Arthur Joseph Keenan
Maple Ridge
Kamloops
Edward Evans Meredith
Bea Vivian Weber
Maple Ridge
Williams Lake
Skeenaview
Special Services
Joseph George Wideman
Charlotte Jean Borloz
Terrace
Bumaby
Shirley Joan Henderson
Dellview
Ladner
Ruth Bee Oner
William Alexander McCulloch
Vernon
Victoria
Jessie Irene McEachern
Pearson
Victoria
John Lamb Coltman
Pauline Genevieve Pedersen
Richmond
Bumaby
Irene Mae Harkness
Vancouver
Medical Services
Verna Jeanette Ken-
Douglas Hugh Weir
Vancouver
Victoria
Valleyview
Central Shared Services
Lindsay Laurier McCormick
Garnet George Carter
Coquitlam
Maple Ridge
Melvin Charles Hamilton
Vancouver
28
 HEALTH — Continued
Riverview
Robina Glasgow Bent
New Westminster
Marie Rose Alice Anna Bonogofski
Surrey
Jean Ing
Coquitlam
Orion Don Bjamason
Creston
Maureen Ethel Evans
Victoria
Nettie Fedoruk
New Westminster
Yvonne Norma Gingell
New Westminster
Alexander Jackson
South Bumaby
Stanley Arthur Joyce
North Surrey
Norman Haig Clark
Bumaby
Paul Basil McCloskey
Port Coquitlam
Helen Faye Malone
Bumaby
Jean Fordyce Moberg
Coquitlam
HUMAN RESOURCES
Arthur William Rippon
Victoria
Bluma Tischler
Vancouver
Francis James Wallace
Vancouver
Agnes Christine Walmsley
Victoria
Ruby Alma Weston
Nanaimo
LABOUR
Mercia Denbow
Kelowna
LANDS, PARKS AND HOUSING
Charles Stanley Buchanan
Vancouver
Gabriel Andrew Dery
Victoria
Gerald Tudor Mullin
Victoria
Norman Allenby Patton
Victoria
Dorothy Ann Phillips
Victoria
Robert Alexander Russell
Nelson
PROVINCIAL SECRETARY AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES
Cyril Lawson Day
London
Dorothy Leona Mae Wiksyk
Victoria
Kenneth Henry Charles Wringe
Victoria
Public Service Commission
Elizabeth Aiken Benvie Mayne
Victoria
TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNICATIONS AND HIGHWAYS
Vincent Louis Adamski
Boston Bar
Audrey Anderson
Victoria
Robert Gordon Anderson
Port Albemi
Douglas Wilfred Bain
Grand Forks
Robert Allan Blumenauer
Pitt Meadows
Marjorie Elizabeth Brown
North Vancouver
Hubert Fridolin Brugger
Kamloops
Peter Allan Chaprun
Prince Rupert
William Richard Claridge
Oyama
Kenneth Albert Cummings
Salmon Arm
29
 TRANSPORTATION,
COMMUNICATIONS AND HIGHWAYS — Continued
Ronald Keith Dash
Arnold Leroy Monsos
Lantzville
Clinton
Clarence Ernest Doyle
John Dalton Morris
Ucluelet
Kamloops
Leslie Duncan
Stanley Matthew Onhasey
Penficton
Victoria
Stanley Ernest Edgcombe
John Patrick 0'Toole
Victoria
Kamloops
Ross William Ellis
Clifford Elmore Parker
Port Albemi
Victoria
Franz Flegel
Wilfred Alexander Patten
Nelson
Vanderhoof
Hector McLean Gerow
Reo John Peloso
Victoria
Nelson
Elizabeth Mary Gibbons
Veda Edna Powell
Pouce Coupe
Victoria
John Gordon Glover
Kenneth Darrel Rolin
Surrey
Salmon Arm
Christopher Charles Holcombe
Kenneth Graham Ross
Port Albemi
Nanaimo
Roy Alfred Hoover
James Oliver Sawatzky
Nelson
Squamish
Albert George Hutchinson
Joseph Frank Stadler
Coquitlam
Osoyoos
George Jack
Thomas Wilson Taylor
Creston
Bumaby
Frederick Melvin Jenner
Ronald William Tweed
Princeton
Rossland
Clarence Evald Johnson
Alphonso Walisser
Langley
Burnaby
Dennis Frederick Jones
Russell John Wenzel
Grand Forks
Rock Creek
Douglas Calamady Kerslake
John Albert Edward Williams
Surrey
Rossland
Darwin John LaRochelle
William John Wilson
Lillooet
New Denver
William Raymond McEachren
Joseph Witiuk
Courtenay
Port Coquitlam
William Chester McLeod
John William Zaporozan
Pouce Coupe
Penficton
Melvin Earl Major
Vemon
Robert John Marshall
Motor-vehicle Branch
Creston
Monica Doreen Bacon
Donald Frank Martin
Vancouver
Victoria
William Frank Moore
Gino Antonio Maitinig
Nanaimo
Powell River
Beverley Betty Stephens
David Melita Mathieson
Vancouver
Gabriola
Desmond Tremaine Vosper
William Gladstone Moffat
West Vancouver
Quesnel
30
 EMPLOYEES WITH 35 YEARS' CONTINUOUS SERVICE
ATTORNEY-GENERAL
John Carson Atkinson
West Vancouver
Gwyneth Eva Davies
Victoria
Edith Bertha Hornby
Chilliwack
Elizabeth Monica Brownlow Langley
Vancouver
Francis William McDonald
Vancouver
William Robert Ridgway
Coquitlam
Ernest Theodore Schooley
Prince George
Nancy Winnifred Yeadon
Bumaby
CONSUMER AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS
Liquor Distribution Branch
Aubrey Vincent Branham
Vancouver
Arthur Clare Willoughby
Revelstoke
ENVIRONMENT
Graham Howard Robe
Victoria
David Bruce Young
Victoria
FINANCE
Norman Ralph Blake
Kamloops
FORESTS
Mary Damjanac
Victoria
Eric Windover Robinson
Williams Lake
Headquarters
Barbara Caroline Mackenzie
Victoria
HEALTH
Valleyview
June Lorraine James
North Vancouver
Special Services
Stella Myrtle Patmore
Vancouver
Riverview
Lois Marianna Kaldestad
New Westminster
Central Shared Services
Kenneth Woolcock
Bumaby
Robert John Burnham
Victoria
Ruth Hawkins
Vancouver
HUMAN RESOURCES
Marjorie Park
Victoria
Yvonne Marie McCully
Vancouver
LABOUR
31
 PROVINCIAL SECRETARY AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES
Kenneth Garland
Victoria
TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNICATIONS AND HIGHWAYS
William James Balbirnie
Lillooet
William Sloan Boughey
Victoria
James Colvin Drake
West Vancouver
John Henry Harding
Victoria
William Marken
Nelson
COMPETITIONS AND APPOINTMENTS
(Regular and Temporary)
Year
Number of
Competitions
Percentage of
Change From
Previous Year
(Per Cent)
Number of
Appointments
Percentage of
Change From
Previous Year
(Per Cent)
1971   	
3,311
1,445
1,969
3,166
2,281
2,025
2,560
3,096
3,296
-56
+ 36
+61
-28
-11
+ 26
+ 21
+6
5,900
5,764
7,904
9,635
7,859
7,997
9,992
12,345
12,760
1972   	
1973  	
-2
+ 37
1974 	
1975  	
1976 	
1977  	
+ 22
-18
+ 2
+ 25
1978  	
1979 	
+ 24
+ 3
32
 SEPARATION STATISTICS, 1979
Month
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
December 	
1
20
121
157
59
2
3
5
37
209
229
78
2
February  	
1
9
20
150
177
62
2
—
March 	
—
9
31
221
216
59
1
—
April 	
4
4
36
235
228
54
2
—
4
7
40
181
273
71
3
—
June   	
9
5
33
175
269
70
2
—
July 	
3
5
24
201
379
75
1
—
3
3
8
12
32
36
216
297
366
385
65
62
2
	
September 	
1
October  	
3
11
53
323
366
95
2
4
November   	
5
7
38
205
267
58
4
3
Totals 	
38
83
400
2,534
3,262
808
23
8
Statistics as reported by ministries to the Public Service Commission.
Codes — 1. Deceased. 2. Dismissed. 3. Retired. 4. Job Completed. 5. Resigned. 6. Transferred. 7. Employee released
within first six months probationary period. 8. Long-term Disability.
PERCENTAGE OF STAFF TURNOVER RATE, 1970-79
14.3
16.3
17.2
17.0
17.0
15.5
16.5
16.0
14.8
12.9
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
33
 STAFFING REPORT AS AT DECEMBER 31, 1979
Total Paid
in Established
Positions
Total Paid
in Temporary
Positions
1979
Total Paid
1978
Total Paid
Legislation   	
Auditor General  	
Executive Council 	
Deregulation  	
Agriculture  	
Ombudsman 	
Attorney-General 	
Consumer and Corporate Affairs 	
Economic Development 	
Education, Science and Technology  	
Finance  	
Community Health Services 	
Direct Care Community Services 	
Long Term Care 	
Medical and Hospital Programs   	
Government Institutions and Forensic Psychiatric Services
Forensic Psychiatric Services   	
Highways 	
Human Resources 	
Glendale Lodge Society 	
Labour 	
Environment  	
Forests 	
Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources   	
Municipal Affairs  	
Municipal Affairs and Housing 	
Provincial Secretary   	
Public Service Commission   	
Superannuation Branch 	
Lands, Parks and Housing 	
Recreation and Conservation 	
Transportation and Communications 	
Energy, Transportation and Communications   	
Tourism and Small Business  	
Travel Industry  	
Universities, Science and Communications 	
Subtotals 	
Liquor Distribution Branch (November 30/79) 	
Totals   	
31
54
26
14
497
22
4,521
422
117
551
1,062
3,272
3,113
202
178
5,155
4,469
564
1,335
2,689
291
711
96
98
917
953
90
1
31,549
1,692
60'
1
0
18
89
10
528
53
58
55
97
307
456
14
1,711
972
5662
136
298
1,492
27
2
2033
6
2
260
74
66
0
7,565
836
91
55
26
32
586
32
5,049
475
175
606
1,159
3,579
3,569
206
192
6,866
5,441
566
700
1,633
4,181
318
100
914
102
100
1,177
1,027
156
1
39,114
2,528
115
44
25
671
4,890
442
157
616
1.122
3,292
205
207
3,271
7,087
5,810
441
1,343
3,815
271
305
745
110
97
1,353
1,057
125
37.616
3,509
33,241
8,401
41,642
41,125
This table includes all persons who received a pay cheque in December 1979 and December 1978. It includes those on
pre-retirement leave, those on paid sick and disability leave, those who were paid for part of a month and hourly paid workers.
1 55 regular employees in temporary positions (sessional clerical assistants).
2 566 regular employees in temporary positions (Glendale Lodge Society).
3 96 regular employees in temporary positions (Government Printing Bureau).
34
 RELOCATION ASSISTANCE — NEW EMPLOYEES
Ministry
Cost
Employees
Average per Move
Health 	
Finance  	
Transportation, Communications and Highways
Attorney-General 	
Economic Development 	
Forests 	
Auditor General 	
Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources  	
Education 	
Environment	
Hospital Programs  	
Lands, Parks and Housing 	
Human Resources 	
Agriculture 	
Provincial Secretary  	
Recreation and Conservation 	
Ombudsman   	
Labour 	
Crown Corporation   	
Consumer and Corporate Affairs 	
Travel Industry 	
Municipal Affairs 	
Public Service Commission  	
Legislation  	
Totals, 1979 	
1978 	
1977 	
1976 	
187,943.55
100,800.91
82,444.25
81,212.21
64,188.07
43,971.57
39,806.41
39,718.57
38,376.05
37,544.82
25,229.77
23,400.00
21,135.73
19,600.00
18,591.90
18,392.21
17,798.43
15.937.63
3,054.95
2,000.00
1,267.94
1,000.00
600.00
260.15
884,275.12
602,780.59
223,316.92
162,950.83
75
26
34
35
13
20
13
10
10
22
8
8
16
10
9
8
4
11
3
340
245
150
133
2,503
3,877
2,425
2,320
4,938
2,199
3,062
3,972
3,838
1,707
3,154
2,925
1,321
1,960
2,066
2,299
4,449
1,449
1,018
2,000
1,268
1,000
600
260
2,600
2,460
1,487
1,225
APPEALS
December 1, 1978 to November 30, 1979
BCGEU
Licensed
Professionals
Nurses
Excluded
Total
Subject —
152
3
-
2
9
163
3
155
-
2
9
166
Result —
96
9
50
-
2
7
1
1
105
10
51
155
-
2
9
166
35
 SCREENING COMMITTEE STATISTICS, 1979 BCGEU
(December 1978 to November 1979)
Ministry
raiding
Review
Transferred
Rehabilitated
Reject
Temii-
nalcd
Miscel-
taneoih
Total
Cases
Agriculture  	
Attorney-Genera! 	
Consumer and Corporate Affairs   	
Economic Development 	
Education, Science and Technology   	
Environment   	
Finance   	
Forests  	
Glendale  	
Government Health Institutions 	
Health 	
Transportation, Communications and Highways  	
Lands, Parks and Housing 	
Human Resources  	
Labour  	
Liquor Distribution Branch  	
Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources   	
Motor-vehicle Branch (Transportation. Communications
and Highways) 	
Municipal Affairs  	
Provincial Secretary and Government Services 	
Transportation, Communications (Highways) 	
Tourism and Small Business Development 	
Public Works   	
Totals 	
56
65
25
17
24
39
1
1
5
3
5
11
15
29
2
21
4
22
4
22
205
Key: Transferred — within Ministry — to other ministry. Rehabilitated — returned to duty. Pension — service
disability — medical retirement. Reject — transfer request denied — not committee case — refused job offers.
Terminated — released by Ministry. Miscellaneous — died — withdrew case — deferred — compulsory retirement — to
principals — long-term disability.
36
 SCREENING COMMITTEE STATISTICS, 1979 NURSES
(December 1978 to November 1979)
Pending
Review
Resolved
Reject
Resign
Terminated
Miscellaneous
Ministry
Transferred
Rehabilitated
Pension
Cases
"i
i
i
1
1
1
"i
1
6
1
Totals 	
3
i
2
1
1
8
Key: Transferred — within Ministry — to other ministry. Rehabilitated — returned to duty. Pension — service
disability — medical retirement. Reject — transfer request denied — not committee case — refused job offers.
Terminated — released by Ministry. Miscellaneous — died — withdrew case — deferred — compulsory retirement — to
principals — long-term disability.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT COURSE PRESENTATIONS
(December 1978 to November 1979)
Number of
Presentations
Number of
Participants
Management of time 	
Computers 	
Executive Secretary 	
Executive Secretary/Administrative Assistant
Clerical/Secretarial  	
Relating to the public 	
Pre-supervision for Support Staff 	
Telephone communications 	
2
19
3
2
26
5
2
5
36
313
10
25
369
97
44
85
Queen's Printer for British Columbia
Victoria, 1980
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