Commemorating the National Day of Observance for COVID-19

Remembering, learning and looking ahead

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March 11 has been designated by the Government of Canada as a National Day of Observance to remember those who lost their lives to COVID-19 and to recognize the significant impact the virus has had on Canadians over the past year.

I invite our University community to join me in taking time at some point today to remember those who have lost much loved family members, friends and acquaintances to this terrible virus.

COVID-19 swept into our world and brought with it challenges that impacted every part of our lives—we all have made sacrifices that affected us both personally and professionally. I also know that COVID-19 has impacted individuals, families and communities differently, particularly among women, racialized communities and those who are vulnerable and struggling. As Canadians, we were called to step up while stepping apart.

As a university community, we made a collective choice to pull together, hold strong and brace for the unknown. A year later, I share my thanks for the sustained commitment and perseverance of our students, employees and alumni. Now, CapU is looking ahead with confidence and resolve.

These days, what I miss most is the in-person encounters with community members that spur new ideas and opportunities for CapU and the many B.C. communities we engage with. Our ability to connect is an important part of our humanness. We lift each other up every time we choose to come together. In the months ahead as British Columbia’s vaccination roll-out proceeds, we are excited to prepare and carry out our plans to welcome students back to our campuses in September. I look forward to that time when we can connect with each other face-to-face again.

So let’s stay the course, stay healthy and be safe.

Paul Dangerfield
Capilano University


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