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Interim President’s Weekly Message

Updated on Oct 9
Tags: community, all updates

Dear members of the University community,

Strategic Plan update

Several months ago, the University’s 2020-25 Strategic Plan, kahkiyaw kiwâhkômâkaninawak, was launched.

Though the launch itself was virtual, the plan is anything but.

Drawing on hundreds of consultations, the plan outlines a path for the next five years of the University’s evolution, and will take us into our second half-century. Focusing on discovery, truth & reconciliation, wellbeing & belonging, environment & climate action, and impact & identity, it gives voice to the University community’s readiness to build a world in which we want to live.

We need to acknowledge that, since those hundreds of consultations took place, the world has tilted on its axis. In so many ways, the coronavirus has upended the planet. To date, we in Saskatchewan have been fortunate. But – given what we see happening elsewhere in Quebec, Ontario, and many places throughout the US, Europe, and the Middle East - we cannot ignore the possibility that we will soon need to address challenges that we’ve not yet had to face. 

Canada’s COVID Alert app

The Privy Council Office has asked Universities Canada and its member institutions, including the University of Regina, to share information about Canada’s COVID Alert app with students and other members of our communities.

Available for free, and downloadable at both the App Store and Google Play, Canada’s COVID Alert app tells users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. I encourage you to view the short video explaining how the app works (including how it protects users’ privacy and personal information), and to consider downloading the app as an additional means of helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.

RPIRG Green Patch Garden - harvest update

With the Thanksgiving long weekend approaching, it is a fitting time to celebrate once again the work of the many volunteers who throughout the summer and early fall tended the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) Green Patch Garden just south of the Dr John Archer Library on the main campus.

Readers may recall my message of 7 August. At that time, volunteers led by RPIRG Green Patch Garden Co-ordinator Tayef Ahmed had harvested 500 pounds of vegetables for delivery to students and community organizations. The Green Patch Garden was featured on the University’s website, and CTV News and Global News produced articles about it.

This week, Tayef reports that with harvest now complete, in the 2020 season he and his fellow volunteers grew literally a ton of vegetables to share with others. Together they harvested an astonishing 2,700 pounds of produce in 25 varieties. 2,300 pounds of the harvest were delivered in-person to 268 people, and the remaining 400 pounds were provided to URSU, Carmichael Outreach, and Souls Harbour Rescue Mission.

Thank you once again, RPIRG, for your service to the University and wider community! Your spirit of giving is inspiring.

In closing, I wish everyone all the best for Thanksgiving. Gathering in person with extended family and friends may be challenging this year, but that should not diminish our gratitude. Although COVID-19 is disrupting many aspects of our lives, we have many things for which to be thankful, and much to look forward to.

 

Sincerely,

Thomas Chase

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor