Message from the Dean, Dr. Anne-Liisa Longmore – March 2022

Dear PSB colleagues,

Two years ago on March 16, 2020, we received notice from our President, Dr. Janet Morrison, that Sheridan would be suspending classes and on-campus activities for a one-week period. This was done to allow faculty to adjust the curriculum for alternate modes of delivery with the intent to have students finish the winter term on schedule. It’s difficult to imagine two years have passed and, for the most part during this period, PSB has offered most of our programming remotely with the majority of our work and learning being facilitated from home. 

One cannot help but reflect on the past two years and the myriad of emotions experienced by members of our community, at any given point in time:

Pride: For what has been accomplished during this time of unprecedented uncertainty and disequilibrium; 

A sense of loss: For those who have passed and for missed opportunities to connect in-person with each other, our learners, and those we love;

Compassion: For colleagues, friends, and family who we all know are doing their very best to find their way through; 

Courage: To keep on trying, even when we feel uncertain and afraid;

Fear: When each new wave is announced and case counts rise the fear of the unknown and lack of control can be overwhelming; 

Determination: To continue forward when setbacks have continued to emerge, because when one is serving others, continuing forward in the face of adversity is the only option, and 

Hope: Believing that tomorrow will be better and brighter, and one day soon, together, we will create a path forward – back to one another and back to “normal”. 

I feel an immense sense of pride in our community, and how we continue to act with compassion, courage, and care – despite uncertainty. I am also hopeful tomorrow will be better and brighter – I believe we will continue to create our path forward to our new normal together. As we begin the process of increasing our presence on campus – I am mindful the gradual return will arouse a range of emotions in our community. To that end, I invite you to review the “Return to Campus: Well-being Resources Guide” shared in Dr. Kathryn Cameron’s Return to Campus message, emailed on March 2nd. In addition to the Return to Campus guide, Sheridan offers many wellness programs and the Employee and Family Assistance Program among others to support Sheridan faculty and staff. 

For those returning to campus, our SpeakingBiz newsletter includes PSB’s updated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) co-developed with our colleagues in Occupational Health and Safety. Our updated SOP reflects all the most recent changes as implemented by the College. 

There are many interesting stories shared in this edition of SpeakingBiz. Congratulations to our colleagues in the BBA Marketing Management program in securing accreditation from the Canadian Professional Sales (CPSA) Association and congratulations to our colleagues for continuing our Study Abroad program by offering creative online solutions along with unique on-campus experiences. 

Exciting updates from our First-Year Experience team who have collaborated on developing a new GPA calculator for learners to help them understand and take ownership of their academic standing. Finally, I appreciated Keyur Tehani’s (Advertising and Marketing Communications student) story and experiences learning remotely. Keyur’s story reflects the dedication of our faculty in supporting our learners as they navigate remote learning. Keyur also highlights some of the potential deficits of learning remotely, such as the lack of social bonding, community building and experiencing a true campus feel that typically comes from studying in higher education. 

Thank you all again for your continued hard work and dedication to one another and our community. Wishing you a great March and I look forward to hopefully reconnecting in person soon.

As always please feel free to reach out to me via email at anneliisa.longmore@sheridancollege, or one of your Associate Deans/Managers, should you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Please stay safe and stay well.

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