Guest Post: Christine Slavik and Monique Goerzen, Child, Youth and Family Studies, UFV National Child Day

November 20th is National Child Day – November 20th is National Child Day when Canadians celebrate children. This date has been recognized in Canada since 1993 and commemorates the adoption of two documents on children’s rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (November 20, 1959), and the United Nations Convention on … Read more

Thank you and a reminder

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear colleagues, As we approach the last half of the fall semester, I want to thank you. You have responded incredibly well by adapting to the pandemic and I’m very pleased to see UFV students, faculty, and staff doing our part to ensure that our university remains healthy and safe. I know if you have … Read more

EDI Action Plan and Town Hall

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, It’s been a busy few weeks and I have some exciting announcements to tell you about. Last year I formed the President’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) to provide leadership in creating and fostering an environment that supports and creates best practices, policies, and pedagogy in EDI. During its first … Read more

Prioritizing our health and well-being

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote and I’m amazed that October is already upon us. As we head into a long weekend, I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to find time to relax, be thankful during these difficult times, and to connect (in a safe, virtual way) … Read more

Welcome to the Fall term!

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the Fall term! I am always energized and excited by the start of each academic year and this one is no exception. Appropriately for a semester that will be mostly online, we’re kicking it off with a virtual town hall for faculty and staff next Tuesday at 10 am. I hope … Read more

Enjoying summer weather

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, It took some time for the beautiful summer weather to arrive, but it came to us finally in the last week and it was well worth the wait! Although holiday plans for many of you look different this year with travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, I hope you are finding ways to … Read more

Time to recharge

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, After months of grappling with the strange and unprecedented, something ordinary is finally happening: vacation season has arrived at UFV. The frenzied pace of university life in a pandemic is coming down a notch, allowing many of us to turn on our email auto responses and tune out the daily chatter of MS … Read more

A month of celebration

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, Provost and VP Academic James Mandigo reminded me of an important anniversary this week: it has been three months since UFV made the rapid switch to remote learning and working. Since then we have marked the transition from winter to spring, and this weekend we’ll welcome summer. The summer solstice is also the … Read more

Breaking the grip of systemic racism

Looking beyond the pandemic

Dear Colleagues, Like you, I have watched the events of the last week and a half unfold with anger and disappointment. Why do we always come back to this place, needing to be reminded of something that shouldn’t be in doubt – that Black lives matter? But the global reaction to these events also gives … Read more