Letter to the Editor

Award is about excellence, pure and simple As a co-chair of this year’s Premier’s Award of Excellence selection committee, and as a…

Award is about excellence,

pure and simple

As a co-chair of this year’s Premier’s Award of Excellence selection committee, and as a member of this committee since the award’s inception in 2005, I am writing this letter to the editor to express concern about Friday’s editorial in the Yukon News in which Richard Mostyn challenged one of this year’s recipients.

The Premier’s Award of Excellence was developed by a group of public servants who wanted to establish a formal process for public servants and other Yukon people to recognize excellence in the work done by Yukon government employees.

The PAE Selection Committee invites nominations from Yukon government employees and from the public early each year.

There are two award categories: individual and team. There are general and specific criteria against which all nominations are weighed before recipients are chosen.

The selection committee is made up of public servants and a community representative.

It makes decisions about award recipients based on the information provided by nominees. While the nomination form asks for a nominator and a supporting nominator, many nominations are also supported by several people from within government and from outside the public service.

This award is outside of the political realm. It is an acknowledgement of excellence in the service of Yukon people.

Some employees are nominated because of excellence in a particular project. Some are nominated because of exemplary work over careers that span decades of public service.

On behalf of the Premier’s Award of Excellence committee, I want to congratulate this year’s recipients for their service to Yukon people. They are the few who represent the many.

Louise Girard, co-chair Premier’s Award of Excellence selection committee

Editorial misses the mark

Your editorial of September 14 questioning the awarding of the Premier’s Award for Excellence to Bea Felker has prompted me to respond.

Your comments suggest that you did not take the time to learn that nominations for this award are generated from the nominee’s peers.

Further, nominations are reviewed by a selection committee, not the premier. I nominated Felker for this award, but I am only one person of an entire group who sought to recognize her selfless dedication to the health care of Yukoners over the past 30 years through the Premier’s Award for Excellence.

Felker has touched the lives of many people in many ways over the years. She is devoted to her family, patients, staff, friends, and community.

She leads by example and has empowered and inspired many of us to excel. And that is what this award is all about — the employee who inspires excellence through example and leadership.

Your uninformed comments are an insult, not only to Felker, but to the award itself and all that it stands for. Your editorial ignores what this woman has stood for over the years — integrity, dedication, competence, equality, compassion, and honour.

The Premier’s Award is one way to demonstrate our respect and admiration for her. Felker is an extraordinary nurse, leader, and human being. It is only fitting that she be recognized for it.

Lee Holliday RN

Whitehorse

The walk will do us good

A year after the XVI International AIDS Conference, Canada’s HIV/AIDS movement has been confronted with numerous challenges.

In recent months, we’ve seen significant cuts to harm-reduction programs, with little commitment to maintaining services, which have proven successful in preventing new cases of HIV/AIDS in communities across Canada.

That’s why it’s critical, now more than ever, to support community HIV/AIDS organizations and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

How can you help?

Participate in this year’s AIDS Walk for Life. Walk, fundraise, donate or volunteer.

It’s your chance to show your solidarity with those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in your community.

It’s also an opportunity to learn about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in Canada, including the social determinants underlying the epidemic.

All proceeds from the walk support programs and services in the community for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, including the harm reduction programs that are so vital to preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

From September 16-23, join the AIDS Walk for Life in your community. Walk for those who are no longer with us.

Walk to support those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Walk to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in your community. Walk so we will not have to walk anymore. The Walk will do us good.

For more information on the AIDS Walk for Life, or to find the walk nearest you, please visit http://www.aidswalkforlife.ca. 

Monique Doolittle-Romas, executive director, Canadian AIDS Society