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In praise of Siobhan Deane

Dear Editor,

Can you please allow me some of your valuable space to sing the praises of a dynamic civil servant in the person of Siobhan Deane, chief passport officer?

Deane is the daughter of a legendary former civil servant, Colin Deane, who served with distinction in many different government ministries during his distinguished career.

Well, his daughter, Siobhan, is cut from the same cloth.

She is a consummate civil servant with a great work ethic. She has received numerous complaints and criticisms about the Passport Office, but like a true leader, she dealt with them head-on. Like Machiavelli said, “Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.”

She is willing, able and ready.

Deane is a real leader who always practices the three R’s: respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all their actions.

We were all born for a certain assignment, a position in life where our unique talents and skills can serve the greatest number of people and reap us incredible respect.

Siobhan seems to be born for her latest assignment as chief passport officer.

Overall, Siobhan is able to keep her team at the Passport Office focused on their goals and motivated to do their best to achieve them, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences truly matter.

 

– Spence Finlayson

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