Feb 01, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
was all over the news yesterday - on radio (I did the interview right outta bed at 8:00 a.m.!)
a tv pretape interview at 1:10; then again at 1:30; a newspaper interview at 7:00 p.m. produced the story at the first link.
When we got back from the meeting with the Minister, the second newspaper (from Summerside) wanted an interview. I decided to make that one my vice-chair's first phone interview. So chris did it and I listened in and gave him cues to keep him on message. He finished it and said "wow, that is nerve-wracking." It really is So i wanted to be sure he had support (unlike me) when he did his first one. I intend to train him into my job.
His interview is at the second link.
The Minister caught the significance when I introduced chris as my vice chair. I explained I was in my second year of my first term as chair, I can serve only two more years as chair, so so I am doing succession planning by grooming him for the chair.
I just introduced him that way and it worked as I hoped. The Minister commented toward the end of the meetimg, "you have good leadership now" - it was clear he was refering to our troubled history, having prefaced his remarks by reviewing our troubled history, as well as our recovery. He demonstrated he knew who iI was and what had been done since I became chair.
At the meeting there was the Minister; his assistant at his right, then me. I had my vice chair next, our executive director and Danny. At the Minister's left was the province's chief medical officer, Dr,Lamont Sweet. I had met him once briefly socially. This was our first real meeting in any official capacity, so he now knows who I am.
He is a really cute straight guy who had a a gay brother (who died of a heart condition). He presents a very unexpected face for our organization - an alpha type heterosexual. His chairmanship will have a different character to mine, I imagine. I look forward to it.
for some reason i cannot make the second link wor, so here is the story.