Award recipients: Todd Brown, Thomas Conrad, Scott Hawkes, Michael Marquis, David Nelson. Government employees who helped develop a winter snowplow training program and who made thousands of historical records available to the public, were among the recipients honoured today, Jan. 31, with the first Premier’s Awards of Excellence. Four teams and one individual were recognized by Premier John Hamm for their contributions to Nova Scotia at a ceremony which took place at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. The Premier’s Award of Excellence is the highest honour of the Nova Scotia civil service. Established this year, it recognizes Nova Scotia civil servants for outstanding contributions or achievements. This year, an external selection panel looked for nominations of teams or individuals that demonstrated leadership excellence, innovation and creativity, outstanding client service, and creative relationship building. “Public service employees of the government of Nova Scotia are among the best in the world and it was time for us to recognize exceptional work,” said Premier Hamm. “The selection panel evaluated 50 nominations and, with great difficulty, recommended five as recipients of the award. The award winners, in fact, represent the many thousands of government employees who bring their skills and dedication to their public service roles every day.” “We hope that all nominees are proud of having been nominated,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Human Resources. “The number and quality of submissions we received demonstrates that excellence in the public service is everywhere. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that values its staff and that pauses from time to time to recognize and celebrate their achievements.” NovaScotian Crystal, Canada’s only producer of handcrafted crystal, was commissioned to create the award. Winners of the first annual Premier’s Award of Excellence are: — Justice Enterprise Information Network Team:The Justice Enterprise Information Network is a world-class information system that was developed in-house to support the Department of Justice and its partners in the administration of justice and public safety.Award recipients: Colin MacDonald, Dick de Gier, Carolyn Hebert, Lorraine Vassalo, Anne Marie Skinner, Greg McGean, Duncan McIntyre, Mitch Lalovic, Robert MacLellan. — Snow School Development Team:A group of five winter operators from Sydney created The Snow School Training Program to meet the new risks and challenges presented by new truckplows. The program has become the provincial standard and ensures that Nova Scotia produces the most highly trained snowfighters in North America.Award recipients: Lloyd Hall, Lloyd Harris, John (Sandy) Jardine, Gary Willis, and Wilfred Pentecost. — Online Resources Work Team:In 1998, Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management launched a website to provide Nova Scotians with access to their documentary heritage via the Internet. As a result of the team’s work, more than 10,000 historical photographs, documents, maps, print materials, sound recordings and film clips will be accessed by more than one million visitors this year. Award recipients: Paul Maxner, Garry Shutlak, Philip Hartling, Anjali Vohra, and Virginia Clark. Annette Boucher, registrar, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and prothonotary, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia:Annette Boucher has enhanced the administration of justice and the provision of French-language services within Nova Scotia and on a national basis. To those involved in litigation, Annette represents the face of patience and understanding as she guides them through this difficult and often confusing process. Evaluation of Alternatives Work Team:The Public Safety Communications Services Program Office developed state-of-the-art, field communications to support Nova Scotia’s volunteer first responders. Nova Scotia is the first constituency in North America to incorporate satellite phones, trunked radio, and other new, field communications technologies in the public-safety community. For more information on the Premier’s Award of Excellence see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/prem .
He had later found out that the President had said not to invite him. (Colombo Gazette) IP Nishantha is the lead investigator in several key cases including the case on the abduction of 11 Tamil youth.The IGP also said that he had not been invited for Security Council meetings since last October. The IGP also said that the President did not want him to attend the National Security Council meetings since last October. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara made some startling revelations on President Maithripala Sirisena before the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the Easter Sunday attacks today.He alleged that he was under pressure from President Maithripala Sirisena to transfer a key investigator of the Criminal Investigations Department. Responding to questions posed by the PSC, the IGP said that the President had put him under pressure to transfer IP Nishantha who is attached to the Criminal Investigations Department.