June 2019 saw the birth of GCworkplace Academy, which is part of the GCworkplace Family.

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We already have GCworkplace, which is the new vision and design for future Government of Canada office spaces, and is rolling out across the nation. GCworkplace has grown over the past few years, and there are a number of completed projects across the country.

GCworkplace guides Public Services and Procurement Canada’s decisions as they relate to the workplace solutions offered to federal departments and agencies, and the delivery of workplace modernization projects. GCworkplace is more than a renovation and new furniture. It’s about the people. …

On May 21, 2019 a OneTeamGov Global Unconference was hosted for the first time in Canada.

As one of the founding members of the team that brought the OneTeamGov movement from weekly breakfasts, after work meetups, and meetings that were held only in a few cities (Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg) I have seen a significant rise in interest to the movement since the Victoria Global Unconference.

We have relied on our OneTeamGov friends from the UK, thank you so much for your guidance and support! …

As my time with FlexGC comes to an end, I have been thinking about what it means to me, and what the long term vision for FlexGC is.

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prototype FlexGC mug

When I first was asked to join the Canada School of Public Service to start a teleworking pilot project I was overjoyed; I couldn’t believe that someone would offer me to work on such an important project. Working outside of Ottawa; let alone a regional centre like Vancouver, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal, etc; is something unheard of unless you are in a front line position for a department like Service Canada. I wanted to prove that if I can change government from Comox, BC; then anyone can from anywhere. …

I first watched Bohemian Rhapsody, back on December 15, 2018 with my wife, Cathy, during our annual anniversary weekend trip to Victoria, BC; though I had listened to Queen throughout my youth and into adulthood, this was a truly moving experience for me.

Fighting back tears throughout the movie, I was inspired and moved to be the best I can be. It also gave me a chance to reflect, on my life and the choices I have made.

I don’t have any regrets, well maybe one or two, but I would not change any of it for the life I have now! …

Week Notes — January 25, 2019

This ends another productive week for me, it was filled with work, family, fires, and some fun.

My new role as Program Manager for FlexGC, a new pilot program with the Canada School of Public Service, started back on December 3, 2018. Though in reality I had been preparing for this position for a number of years.

I have the great opportunity to work from my home in Comox, BC by developing a Telework/Remote Work/Distributed Pilot Program that focusses on education and relationship building as being the core to a successful individual or team who uses this mode of work. …

OneTeamGovCanada — Global Unconference: Victoria, BC

Have you heard? There is a OneTeamGov Global Unconference coming to Victoria, BC on May 21, 2019 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

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Victoria Inner Harbour and Parliament Building (Google Image)

If you haven’t heard about the OneTeamGov movement, it is a global community, working together to radically reform the public sector through practical action. We’re driven by optimism and the desire to make things better, and united by a set of core principles.

Back on July 16, 2018 there was a OneTeamGov Global unconference in London, England. This was one of the first events that followed the hugely successful Policy Community Conference in Ottawa on March 28–29, 2018 where Kit Collingwood presented to a packed house in Canada what the OneTeamGov movement is all about. …

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Searching for the Light

#Weeknotes — more like “Month Notes”

Last week I was in Ottawa, ON for my Free Agent Orientation; I always love going to Ottawa, seeing old friends, making new ones and enjoying what the city has to offer.

I found myself reflecting on my past year or so. It seemed like only a few months ago I was in Ottawa for the innagural meeting of the Canada Beyond 150 Project. Though that was June 2017. That was a huge part of my journey in my public service career. …

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Ever since I joined the Government of Canada in 2009 as a casual employee with the Canadian Coast Guard I have been involved in a variety interesting, engaging, and exciting positions.

Going from a deckhand with the Coast Guard; to an Officer with Canada Border Services Agency; to currently a Free Agent with @FreeAgentLibre as a Senior Advisor with Service Canada has brought me to a new and intriguing part of the Public Service of Canada.

I could go on and on about my past positions such as the numerous calls to rescue distressed boaters off the Pacific Coast of BC (how can you not love your job by going on the water in any conditions to see the beauty of the coastline); or the wild and crazy stories of travellers returning/entering Canada (you can watch reruns of Border Security for those stories); but overall joining the Public Service has provided me the opportunity to see the country and meet so many great people! …

Frank Assu

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