Could there be whisky?
Mighty they have gin?
Could there be three or four six-packs?
I don’t know…
Will there be a party?
With apologies to the Irish Rovers, there’s a staff-only get-together at the Liquor Distribution Branch’s Vancouver headquarters on June 27 in honour of departing general manager Jay Chambers. (Coffee and cake are advertised, but, ahem, the LDB has more than a few wobbly pops and bottles of hooch in storage.)
Remember him? Ten days before the resignation became public on June 14, Chambers sent staff this memo that implied he would be around for months to guide the taxpayer-owned company through the privatization. But he’s driving away July 6 for a new job as president of the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of B.C., and he still hasn’t responded to my numerous interview requests.
Here’s the invitation for the June 27 event:
Jay Chambers is leaving the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) after more than 18 years. Jay has been the General Manager of the LDB since January 1997. He joined the LDB in January 1994 as the Director of Store Operations, and in March 1994 he became the Executive Director of Retail Services. He will be missed!
Come celebrate Jay’s many dedicated years of service at the LDB!! Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Coffee and cake will be served at 2:00 p.m. in the Atrium at 2625 Rupert
To sign the card & donate towards a departure gift for Jay please come by the Communications area (on Peter Martin’s desk).
Almost a month earlier, on May 30, it was Chambers treating staff for lunch. He dropped $443.93 at Joey Burnaby for eight workers. For the record, no alcoholic beverages appear on the bill, which was obtained via Freedom of Information.
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