Graham Gillespie’s last day of work is this week!

From: Brown, Laura (Pacific)
Sent: 2015–December-14 1:23 PM

Hello everyone, please pass this message on as you see fit.

Graham Gillespie will retire from DFO after more than 30 years of service. Although his official retirement will be at the end of March, Graham’s last day of work is this week, December 17th, 2015 (coincidentally, just in time for the Annual Annex EggNog party).

Graham has worked as a Research Technician, a Research Biologist, Section Head, and Senior Science Advisor, in the areas of salmon, groundfish, and invertebrate Science. In the last three years Graham has worked as a Science Advisor and coordinator for DFOs Pacific World Class Tanker Safety program (WCTS); Graham has developed and implemented the Benthic Habitat Mapping projects that are key to the success of the WCTS.

During his career Graham worked in stock assessments, biodiversity issues, marine ecosystem projects, aquatic invasive species projects, and a host of others. Graham has supported Departmental priorities by providing over 100 Science advice documents and reports and primary publications.

Graham has demonstrated the highest level of dedication to the Department and the Public Service, and to the aquatic resources for which DFO is responsible. He supervised and mentored numerous staff and has provided training in the areas of biology, fisheries population science, invertebrate biology and taxonomy, survey design.

Graham has also been an excellent role model for staff with regards to the excellence of his science, but also for professionalism and integrity in working with client and stakeholder groups internal and external to DFO, including industry and First Nations. One of Graham’s most notable achievements in the area of client support is the deep and enduring relationship he has built with the Royal BC Museum; this will benefit DFO for a long time.

Speaking personally, I have really enjoyed working with Graham over the years, and have come to rely on his wisdom, experience, friendship and his great sense of humour. Don’t ever try to compete with Graham over puns – you will lose! I will miss Graham a LOT, and therefore I am delighted that we were able to persuade him to stay on as an Alumnus – at least he will be around part of the time.

There will be more information in the New Year about an official celebration to send Graham on his new path. Meanwhile, please take a moment this week to drop by and wish him well in this new stage of his career.

All the best, Graham, and thank you so much for supporting me and so many others in DFO.

Laura Brown

Today’s lunch at Mrs. Riches, and upcoming South Coast Christmas Potluck Lunch Thurs. Dec. 17

We had a great turnout today at Mrs. Riches for the Retirees & Alumni lunch. For a few pictures, go to:

South Coast has announced their Christmas potluck lunch for Thursday Dec. 17. Retirees & Alumni are welcome:




TIME: 12PM – 2PM



Christmas Lunch, Mrs. Riches, Dec. 3

IMG_5610What a great time we had as more than 30 DFO Islanders Retirees, Alumni and spouses got together at Mrs. Riches for our Christmas lunch. We were well served by the amazing Lana and her co-workers who managed to take our orders and quickly deliver our meals even as our group wandered about glad handing, sharing stories and remembrances. Our thanks go to all of the staff at Mrs. Riches for taking such good care of us! Best wishes of the season to all.

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DFO Island Retirees & Alumni, Christmas Lunch Thurs. Dec. 3, Mrs. Riches, 12:00

A reminder – we will be getting together for our Christmas lunch at noon on Thursday Dec. 3 at Mrs. Riches near downtown Nanaimo.

If you have not yet contacted me, let me know if you will be attending so I can reserve enough tables, chairs and plates.

Also let me know if you would like to be picked up at one of the ferries.

If you can’t make it, no response is necessary but we will miss seeing you.

Best wishes, Jim

Reminder: DFO Retirees annual lunch in North Vancouver – Thurs November 26

REMINDER: I have not heard back from everyone so please check your calendars and plan to attend our annual lunch.

Once again George Neilsen has arranged for our annual lunch which will be at Capilano Heights Chinese Restaurant in North Vancouver. We will have our own room and the food is great.

The Restaurant is not open until 11:45.

George says there is limited parking at the restaurant and if it is full to proceed up the road 220 feet on the left where there is a large parking lot.

Please check your calendars and let me know if you can attend. George reminds us that all retirees who worked at DFO are invited to this lunch so if you hear that we have missed someone please pass on the invitation to them. It is difficult to keep up with information of new retirees and/or changed email addresses!

Please confirm your commitment to attend the lunch by Monday Nov 23rd . Please note that you will be responsible for the cost of your lunch as the restaurant will not forgive last minute cancellations or no shows. If you are unsure of your attendance on Nov 25th please discuss with George or Frances.

Date: Thursday Nov 26th
Place: Capilano Heights Chinese Restaurant
5020 Capilano Road , North Vancouver 604-987-9511
Note: Restaurant does not open until 11:45 am.

11:45 – 12:30 Visiting and No Host Bar
12:30 buffet luncheon
1:30 announcements, talks and reminiscing time- we encourage people to say a few words

Cost: $20 payable in cash on arrival; please have the correct change

Rod Palmer will bring along some copies of his book Inspector of Fisheries – a history of salmon management in BC, the first 100 years. He is selling the book to DFO retirees at a special price of $20.

Questions: please contact Frances Dickson 604-943-1119i_safe.gif or George Nielsen 604-921-0777 . We hope that we will have a great turnout! Look forward to seeing everyone. Frances