Wednesday, July 3, 2013

City Hall News

Learning Curves Ahead

Morgan elevates City Hall level of expertise  

Staff/Voice photos


ome jobs, like bagging donuts on a production line, don't require a person to expand their educational horizons. We've all worked dead-end jobs. But for a fortunate few, the learning never stops.


In the photo, Mayor Sharon Gaetz (L) shows off Morgan's certificate to other staff on Tuesday. A challenge?

Jacqueline Morgan, Administrative Assistant of Corporate Services for the City of Chilliwack and is one of those lucky few.

On Tuesday, at the regular 3 p.m. council meeting , Mayor Sharon Gaetz presented Morgan with her recently earned certificate in Local Government Administration which is usually offered to municipal employees.

The two-year post-secondary training and certification odyssey covers things like city services, public finances and law. As part of their job description, graduates work across the board with all levels of government, including the regional districts and First Nations providing management and technical support.

Jacqueline Morgan on the job in council chambers Tuesday.

According to Gaetz, Morgan launched her educational ambition in July 2010,

"It demonstrates her commitment to professional development, which we always encourage and appreciate," said Gaetz. "Thanks, Jacquie, for choosing us and for always wanting to improve yourself and learn more…we have benefited greatly from our investment in you, congratulations."

Gaetz also listed some of Morgan's other achievements, as follows:

· She has ‘started’ here twice, as she was hired initially on February 13, 2006 to work on a casual basis…but then she resigned on May 24, 2006 as she had secured a full-time position elsewhere. Luckily, our former HR Manager, Irene Regier, recognized the talent we had on our staff and encouraged Jacquie to stay on as there were two full-time positions about to be posted.

· We must have made a very good impression on Jacquie in these initial months, as she decided to rescind her resignation just days later and stayed on with the City.

· We are very glad that she chose us, and she has proven her value to us ever since.

· After starting out in this casual position, it did not take long for Jacquie to move forward with her career here.

· She secured a full-time position as a Clerk-Typist II in our Development Department as of June 5, 2006.

· From here, she became a full-time Building Records Clerk as of September 17, 2009.

· On July 13, 2010, Jacquie was again promoted to the position of Legislative Clerk in our Corporate Services Department…but her career growth did not stop there…thankfully for us!

· On March 18, 2013, Jacquie was again promoted to the exempt position she currently occupies, which is the Administrative Assistant position in Corporate Services. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that our Council’s agendas get organized and for following through on the many decisions Council makes at each meeting, which is very large responsibility.

· Jacquie has really grown her career here since 2006 and is a great example of what you can achieve if you are willing to work hard…and perform above and beyond all expectations!


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