BC FIPA celebrated its 25th anniversary in style on November 3, 2016 at the Bill Reid Gallery. Our guests, board members and staff enjoyed a fantastic evening of great food, local wines and beer, and live music while taking in the beautiful Northwest coast art pieces.
Vincent Gogolek, FIPA’s executive director, kicked off the evening with a few opening remarks, and a message from Murray Rankin, MP (Victoria), who congratulated FIPA on all its achievements. We then heard from Jay Fedorak, the Deputy Registrar and Assistant Commission to the OIPC, followed by FIPA’s Acting President, Mike Larsen.
I think many would agree that the highlight of the evening was awarding FIPA’s inaugural 25th Anniversary Leadership Award to Tim Duncan, a former BC public official. He was chosen by the FIPA board for his unwavering duty as a public official. Not only did he shine a light into a very dark corner of public administration in BC, but he has also aided the push for reform of our laws. He provides an example of the standard of conduct and respect for the law that we should expect from all our public officials. Through his actions, the ‘triple delete’ scandal came to the forefront of the access to information and privacy community, the explosive report Access Denied: Record Retention and Disposal Practices of the Government of British Columbia came to fruition detailing the BC Government’s multiple failures to keep and/or create proper records. We would like to thank and congratulate Mr. Duncan once again.
The evening ended with a cake cutting ceremony and announcing of our silent auction winners – these were some fantastic items that were up for bidding including a one week stay in villa in southern France, Canuck tickets, an exclusive dining experience for 7 people at the Cactus Club Café, and much more!
We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors – thank you!