Social media is an evolving ecosystem that is becoming increasingly important for networking, professional development and personal growth. It has been a game changer for me in my public service career, helping me realize that I have colleagues outside my small work unit in Prince Edward Island that are passionate about making a difference in the public service. If it weren’t for social media magically melting away departmental and regional boundaries, I would not have been able to connect with, and learn from, so many of my Government of Canada colleagues.
As you embark on Canada Beyond 150, I strongly encourage you to be social media ambassadors. Use this unique opportunity to get familiar with social media, to network with experts and those outside of government. Share your journey with colleagues as you collaborate, innovate, share and “work smarter” —beyond organizational and regional boundaries. Your commitment and efforts will help shape and prepare the public service for the workplace of the future.
“Share your journey with colleagues as you collaborate, innovate, share and “work smarter” —beyond organizational and regional boundaries.”
Jodi Leblanc is Chair of the Federal Youth Network – a network encompassing all the interdepartmental and departmental youth networks across the country; substantial participation in the unique canada@150 initiative; noteworthy roles such as the National Secretary and Social Media lead for the Institute of Public Administration Canada (IPAC); in addition to essential service on the IPAC National Executive Committee and various subcommittees. She is also a member of the Canadian Government Executive Advisory Board and managed the New Professionals monthly editorial column for five years. Jodi is the Regional Manager, for the National Managers’ Community in Atlantic Canada.