Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Council Votes Unanimously to Eliminate Sally Mole !!!
The Corporation of the District of Tofino
Monday, December 03, 2012
For Immediate Release
Organizational Alignment with Corporate Strategic Plan
Tofino, BC – Mayor Perry Schmunk of the District of Tofino, today announced a number of
organizational changes made to align the District’s staff resources with the Corporate Strategic
Plan adopted by Council earlier this year.
The goal of the Corporate Strategic Planning process was to identify and document the
priorities of the Corporation for the 2012-2014 term of Council and to lay the foundation for
the development of a more detailed and longer term Corporate Strategic Plan. The strategic
planning process and the Plan are used to guide the District’s short and long term corporate
management, decision-making and implementation, and budget alignment.
With this strategic plan, the District will work with the community to advance:
• Water infrastructure –plan, build and maintain water infrastructure.
• Sewer infrastructure – plan, build and maintain sewer infrastructure.
• Tourism strategy – develop a Tourism Strategy which encourages and supports a diverse
• Official Community Plan (OCP) review
• Develop service level standards – develop service level standards for the delivery,
maintenance and replacement of infrastructure.
• Communications – open and transparent communications with the citizens of Tofino.
To ensure success with these strategic priorities, the District will be making several changes to
its personnel and organizational structure. The most significant changes will include an
amalgamation of the Parks and Recreation programs and services into the Community
Sustainability department and the establishment of a new Resort Services department. This
new department shall be responsible for the implementation of the District’s Resort
Development Strategy (RDS) which represents an annual budget of approximately $650,000.
Responsibilities shall include Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) project management,
implementation of tourism related capital projects, special events and festival support,
strategic partnerships and other resort services such as signage, shuttle service, Ambassador
Program, and the tourism master plan.
These changes will not impact the current Parks and Recreation program services offered by
the District. As a result of the change and in keeping with the Plan, there will no longer be a
Director of Parks and Recreation position. We ask for your cooperation throughout this change,
and thank Ms. Sally Mole for her 20 years of dedicated service to the community and the District of Tofino.
The District of Tofino
What the press release doesn't say is that Sally Mole was fired with no notice after work on Friday.It doesn't state the these "organizational changes" were initiated by Bob Long and Jerry Berry when John Fraser was Mayor.This certainly looks like a settling of scores rather than "organizational change"
The press release doesn't explain why it was necessary to fire Sally Mole when the Mayor and the CAO only have a few weeks left in Tofino.
The press release doesn't explain why all this took place in secret in-camera meetings with zero public input.
I do know that Mayor and all councillors voted unanimously to eliminate the position of Parks and Rec Director effectively firing Sally Mole.
Please contact your Mayor and councillors and ask them to explain why they voted for this.When the severance package is taken into account along with an increase in wages to some employees there will be no saving of tax dollars.If a court case ensues it will likely cost the District of Tofino a considerable amount. Given Tofino's record with Yew Wood and Rosie Bay let's hope this can be avoided.
Some councillors and the Mayor have blamed the blog for the high turnover rate at the District but this is something they've done on their own and they've done Tofino's reputation as an employer a huge disservice.
Who in their right mind would want to work here when they can be fired with no notice after twenty year's service ? Who would want to be CAO or Deputy Clerk or Public Works Foreman when you can be blindsided by "organizational change" or simply harassed out of your job?? Anyone applying should talk to Mike Papuk or Dorothy Ng or Roberta Martell or Jennifer Robb before they make long term plans.........
Some councillors have suggested to me that Sally Mole's work was unacceptable but that is certainly not what I have heard from the community.Please contact your Mayor and councillors and remind them that they work for you and that their voting on matters such as this should reflect your wishes.