Did she actually say that? Yes… in fact, she did.
Today’s witness was C. Ward, who was an acting manager at GVI during the time Ashley Smith spent there. We’ve heard from a number of other managers and people involved in Ashley’s …. uh…. ~care~ … and many of them irked me one way or another… but few as thoroughly as this particular witness managed to. She got on my last nerve – and that was before she told us what an “amazing learning experience” Ashley’s death was for her.
Seriously – someone should tell the witnesses that they really should just quit with the BS and tell the truth. What they are doing, with their ridiculous attempts to rewrite history and their avoidance games, is actually drawing more attention to their lies. And they are also making very, very clear that they know that what they and others did was wrong (else they wouldn’t have to work so hard to reframe it). And, of course, they are frustrating the heck out of me!
Ward was particularly irksome – clearly not only very defensive, but also a persistent undercurrent of anger…visible not only in her interactions with people at the inquest, but also very much so in some of the videos and phone calls which were entered into evidence. In one, for example, a CO has called her to ask for permission to go into the room – Ward’s response contained the same sort of anger/frustration that slipped out throughout her testimony. Why are you asking me; I can’t tell you to go in or not. Well gee… they’re the front line officers who keep getting reprimanded and counseled for going in; you’re the manager on duty – who do you think is supposed to make the decision?
She was also extremely consistent in blaming others for whatever…. she circumvented her direct supervisor to a level above because he didn’t have the knowledge necessary for the position… her questionable contributions given during the police investigation were not dishonest, they were because the officer was a jerk….. she didn’t bother to pay attention to what was said during the Ken Allan workshop because she didn’t know why they would even ask him to do the workshop since he had no credentials or expertise….. While each of these may well be true – and I would be hard-placed to argue the latter, especially, having heard Mr. Allan’s (ridiculous!) testimony…. the ease with which she disregards & disrespects others was clear.
Probably the thing that irked me the most throughout her testimony though – until she pontificated on what an amazing learning experience! this all was for her, anyway – was her use of “I like to think…”
I like to think
… it might not have happened if I’d been working
…I was doing a good job
….I was being honest
….I made the right decisions about when to go in
….I was doing the best I could for Ashley; we all were
….etc., etc., etc.
No doubt she would…. but clearly she did not, actually.
Me, I’d like to think that people testifying before this inquest are actually intent on trying to do what they swear to – you know – to tell the truth.
I’d like to think that especially those witnesses who still work for CSC have spent a wee bit of time honestly considering their role in what went wrong, taking responsibility for it, and figuring out how to do things differently so that such a thing never happens again on their watch.
Clearly that is not the case with Ms. Wade. Even in the case of her ~amazing~ learning experience (said with enthusiasm, even) in which she claimed that Ashley’s death taught her that she can’t do everything herself, that she needs to ask for help …
She was unable to describe any action that she might have taken or who she might have asked for help.
And, of course, she likes to think that she was – and no doubt IS – doing a great job – She’s a perfectionist, don’t you know! – which does not bode well for the next time (God forbid) there is an issue which she probably should ask for help with. And that too irked me, actually. At one point, relatively early in her testimony, she told us that “next time” she’ll take someone with her when she’s asked to participate in an investigation.
Hey, here’s a thought… how ’bout we put some actual energy into making sure there isn’t a next time? !
I know… asking too much…but seriously, I took offense at her glib statement that the next time someone dies and she’s involved, she’ll do things differently.
Would much prefer she do things differently to avoid ever needing to be part of the investigation/inquest again.
I know…. picky, picky, huh?
Until next time….