Holiday message to students

Dean Jennifer Tupper shares her reflections on the past year and shares her holiday well-wishes

Dean Jennifer Tupper - 23 December 2021

There is no doubt that 2021 has been a difficult year. The pandemic has persisted and while we were able to welcome many students back to campus, we also watched as COVID numbers in Alberta skyrocketed following the loosening of most restrictions in the summer. This created more stress and worry and prevented us from being fully back together as a Faculty of Education community. Against the backdrop of pandemic challenges, we continued to navigate through unprecedented institutional change, including within our faculty. With heavy hearts, we had to say goodbye to some of our amazing and beloved staff, adapt to new processes, and think together about our vision for the future of the Faculty.

But in the midst of these challenges, so many wonderful things emerged:

Throughout the year, we have stayed connected, supported one another, and just as last year, I am deeply moved by the compassion, care and kindness that shines through even when there are computer screens between us or we are wearing masks. Over the holidays, please take time to slow down, find moments of peacefulness and joy, rest and reflect on the many blessings in your life. I remain so hopeful about our future because of the strength and resilience of our community. It is an honour and privilege to be your Dean.

Best wishes for the holidays and a wonderful start to 2022!