Nova Scotia was the only province not to have instituted a premier’s award to recognize excellence in the public service. It was important to outgoing Premier John Hamm that this be rectified before then end of his term. In his words: “Public servants across our province provide outstanding service to Nova Scotians, greatly benefiting our communities. We owe a debt of gratitude to the people who keep our roads clear and safe, help renew a licence or permit, administer our justice system, manage our forests, or do any of the other jobs public servants complete every day.”
Colleen worked with a team from the Public Service Commission to create the award program. She then promoted the criteria and nomination process to the province’s 10,000 employees, resulting in 50 high-calibre submissions. She also assisted in planning the awards ceremony, handled all media relations and wrote speeches for the dignitaries that garnered praise from Chief Justice Constance Glube.