The following is a joint announcement from Mayor Bob Wells and CAO David Allen:
Ensuring that we have a respectful workplace for all employees and elected officials is a priority for the City of Courtenay. We all deserve to feel safe, productive and respected while at work. In support of this priority, we are pleased to announce that the City of Courtenay is launching a new Respect in the Workplace training program. This new program builds on our existing Respectful Workplace Policy, and supports our efforts to provide a positive, healthy workplace for all City of Courtenay employees and elected officials.
For this initiative we have partnered with Respect Group Inc, a recognized leader in training in respectful conduct, bullying and harassment in the workplace, in sport and in education. Over one million Canadians have been RESPECT certified through one or more of these programs. The City of Courtenay is the first municipality in British Columbia to implement this specific program.
Our Respect in the Workplace training program consists of a 90 minute online program that will be followed up with an in-person workshop. Time will be provided during regular working hours to complete both portions of this program. All City employees and elected officials are required to complete this training program.
The Mayor, Councillors and the Senior Leadership Team will be completing the program in the coming weeks and an
organization wide roll-out will be coordinated with each department and take place over the coming months. We would like to thank you in advance for your participation in this valuable training.
Bob Wells David Allen
Mayor Chief Administrative Officer