The last two weeks marked the first return to “normal” for many of us. It was my first time returning to in-person and hybrid activities. But it was anything but “normal.” I am reflecting on our time and realizing that much of what was accomplished is a first step in a longer journey.

I participated in two of the four planning sessions – one in-person and one virtual. I witnessed our staff share their views on current challenges and roadblocks. Many issues came forward and were put on the table for the team to tackle. Deanna was present for all of the sessions and observed that clear themes have emerged. I’m grateful for the transparent and honest commentary offered by our teams. We can now begin together to address those things that are standing in our way. 

At the same time, we had a moment to reflect on all that we have accomplished while in a global pandemic. I hope that everyone heard and digested that information. We are leading the way in many areas. 

I travelled to Vancouver this week (another first: business travel) and Sara Franca and I spoke at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District 8 about the strategic direction of our alumni engagement teams. Deanna presented on our Building a Better Workplace initiative. Both sessions had a full house and the questions, feedback, and requests for additional connections were quite overwhelming and a reminder to me of all the opportunities ahead. 

It was a big two weeks. It was draining and there is a great deal of work ahead of us. But I’m confident that we are on the right path. 

Summerhill smudging ceremony

At 9 am on April 11, Elder Allen Doxtator - Te howis kwûnt will visit Summerhill and cleanse the space in a traditional Indigenous smudging ceremony. Those who are interested in learning and understanding more about smudging are welcome to attend. We will meet outside Summerhill West room 101 at 9 am. The office will officially open at 10 am if you do not plan to attend this ceremony.

Summerhill booking tool

As mentioned last week, we are now able to have desks and meeting and breakout rooms booked via the room booking tool (please make sure you are signed into the VPN to access Sharepoint content). Please note that some desks and rooms are not available at this time because desks are being ordered. These are greyed out in the tool. If you have any questions about booking desks or meeting rooms, please reach out to Kate Bearse.

Employee Spotlight

The Employee Spotlight celebrates the arrival of our new and existing staff by profiling responses they share through a fun and informal survey that will help us get to know them better. Be sure to review these profiles and use these fun facts and tidbits to find commonalities, embrace differences and spark a conversation. 

This week’s feature includes:

Michael Ziemerink in the position of Toronto Officer, Toronto Strategy. Learn more about Michael and what fictional family he would like to be part of!

Jobs with Advancement

We need your recruitment help. Know great talent that would be a good addition to our team? If so, please promote the vacancies below with your networks and let’s find some amazing new team members. Applications (including a cover letter and résumé) must be submitted through CareerQ. For additional information on this posting, please reach out to either Carla Ferreira Rodrigues or the hiring manager for the position you are interested in.


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Unit and department

Closing date


Job type

Alumni Officer


Alumni Relations

April 5, 2022



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