Dear members of the University community / Boozhoo / Aanii / Kwe kwe,
This week, in many departments of our university community, colleagues celebrated Administrative Professionals Week.
Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.
Therefore, I want to seize this opportunity to thank all our administrative professionals for the important work they do on a daily basis to support our faculty and students.
If Laurentian is achieving this year the highest increase in first choice applications among Ontario universities from secondary school student and non-secondary school students alike, if the Globe and Mail reports on most indicators that student satisfaction at Laurentian is either above the average of similar-sized Canadian universities or has improved, if a proportion of Laurentian students greater than the provincial average now report that if they had to start over, they would return to Laurentian, it’s in part because of the dedication and commitment of our administrative professionals.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. If you haven’t had a chance lately, I invite you to thank today administrative professionals who make your work or learning easier as faculty, staff or students.
For my part, I thank Diane Massicotte, Silvie Allard, Roxane Marois and France Girard who have made my life much easier since I have joined the university.
Finally, I would like to pay tribute to the 15 recent or upcoming retirees who were honored earlier this week by the university community for their combined 422 years of service. Thank you to Claudette Allard, Brian Bigelow, Flo Carrière, Donald Dennie, Gaétan Gervais, David Goforth, Gerry Labelle, Dougal McCreath, Raymond Pong, Joyce Poulin, Jean Séguin, Pierre Simoni, Mercedes Steedman, Frank Stradiotto and Bob Wilson. Each of you has made Laurentian a better university through your teaching, research, community service or administrative support.
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