Dear members of the UBC community.
I would like to begin by acknowledging that I am speaking to you from the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.
Earlier this month, UBC launched its new global engagement strategy, called In Service.
We are unveiling this new strategy at a time of great change and turmoil across the globe. Even as the planet is engulfed by the COVID-19 crisis that has driven societies to greater isolation, we recognize that the global prosperity gains of the recent past rest on shaky foundations.
As we emerge from the long shadow of this latest crisis, people around the world are urging greater collaboration, inclusion and multilateralism. Because it is only together that we can bridge divides.
Universities have long committed themselves to studying global issues from multiple disciplinary points of view. In Service recognizes that universities like UBC are now, more than ever, in a position to serve by convening impactful partnerships addressing broad and profound challenges related to the economy, society and the biosphere.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped bring this plan to life, as well as our partners, both local and international, who work with us on global initiatives.
You can learn more about the global engagement strategy at global.ubc.ca.
This is National Volunteer Week, and my unsung hero shoutout this week goes to every member of the UBC community – whether student, faculty, staff or alumni – who gives of their time and energy to make the world a better place. So, thank you, UBC volunteers!
In particular, I would like to thank the more than 125 volunteers who contributed to the annual UBC United Way Campaign this past fall.
As a United Way volunteer, myself – I understand how dedicated you are to supporting strong communities during this time of great need.
The value of one act of kindness to support our community. The power of many individuals and families to get the support they need.
Thank you to all our United Way volunteers – and all our volunteers – who have made a difference!
Finally, I’d like to remind everybody not to gather in large groups in violation of provincial health orders. With the arrival of the warmer weather and the end of the school term, it’s natural to want to get together with friends and socialize.
But COVID is still very much with us, and we need to be on our guard.
And now, for my #songsofcomfort selection this week, I’m pleased to present a selection from a performance of Jörg Widmann’s Fantasie for solo clarinet by music student Felix Rowe. I hope you enjoy it.
Stay safe and best wishes.
Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor