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) with family and friends. It’s also a great time to get out and visit the many wonderful outdoor activities we are privileged to have access to on S’olh Temexw.
Although the sun has been shining, I acknowledge that many are struggling. The pandemic has brought on new challenges and highlighted existing struggles that we face. As this is Mental Illness Awareness Week, I want to urge everyone to take advantage of the free HR health and wellness workshops, and the services from EAP Homewood Health available to employees.
As COVID-19 continues to put a strain on our employees, loved ones, and our communities, it’s important to prioritize our health and wellbeing now more than ever and that we continue to support each other, including our seniors. Last Thursday was National Senior’s Day, and in the recent guest post on the President’s Blog, Dr. Shelley Canning shares with us the impact the pandemic has had on our aging population and the important role we can play as an educational institution.
I also want to thank all of you who participated in the virtual EDI Town Hall and the Conversation Café yesterday. A recording of the town hall will be made available on my blog next week. I am inspired by the crucial work that is underway and UFV’s commitment to EDI.
And finally, I sign off with a short quote from an anonymous source that speaks to me about our way forward in pandemic recovery: “when people support each other, incredible things happen”.
Have a safe and restful long weekend, and I’ll speak with you again towards the end of the month.
Joanne MacLean, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor