February 27th, 2020

Update on Strategic Plan Healthy and Inclusive Community initiatives

To the Humber Community,

In my welcome to the winter semester blog from last month, I mentioned ways in which we’ll be focusing on making the term, and the year, the healthiest and the most successful it can be.  We’re working on many initiatives focused on employee engagement, the Okanagan Charter, and our healthy and inclusive campus, including an important framework discussion.

As we continue to advance our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, I am pleased to provide you with this update and highlight activities that will occur in the coming weeks related to the Heathy and Inclusive Community strategic pillar.

You may have already heard about Healthy Campus Student Engagement Discussions in which students will have the opportunity to provide their insights and feedback on what a healthy and inclusive campus means to them.

Among upcoming student and employee outreach, we will be asking both groups how they view health, well-being and engagement. We are defining wellness as relating to your body and mind. Responses will help inform the framework that we build to support these priorities at Humber. Your participation is important and encouraged, and your voice is critical to understanding and sharing the respective student and employee frameworks.

Important work is underway, and I’d like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the leads who are focused on projects in support of the Healthy and Inclusive Community strategic priorities.

Nancy Simms and her EDI Taskforce have made major strides towards an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion framework; Lindsay Walker and her team have launched the 2019-2024 Sustainability Plan and embarked on the actions that showcase Humber’s sustainability leadership in the higher education sector; Spencer Wood and his team are taking an inclusive and responsible lens to implement changes that will improve accessibility across the College; and Dawn Bassant and Ian Crookshank are working together to advance student and employee well-being and engagement, respectively, through the Okanagan Charter and Employee Well-Being and Engagement.

I invite you to reach out to Dawn (dawn.bassant@humber.ca, ext. 5750) and Ian (ian.crookshank@humber.ca, ext. 5754) with any questions you may have, and how you can get involved in these important initiatives. Please stay tuned for more information about these initiatives in the Communiqué and by direct email over the coming weeks.

President Signature

Chris Whitaker
President, CEO Humber I.T.A.L.