A reflection from Executive Director & COO, Phil Champagne
Well that escalated quickly.
On March 11th, for all intents and purposes, the National Basketball Association changed the narrative of COVID-19 in a very dramatic way for me personally and possibly just about everyone in Canada and the United States. When a multi-billion-dollar industry decides to take a back seat to the largest scale public health crisis in over a century, you tend to take notice. For me, it was a moment where most of our worlds began to change at a pace not previously experienced in my lifetime.
In the days that followed that fateful March evening Laurier, the Students’ Union, and our campus partners moved quickly to protect the wellbeing of this community. Together we worked diligently to follow the recommendations of health experts and manage an ever-evolving situation with safety as our overarching priority. We continue to work closely with government and sector partners to monitor the stages of this crisis and support all members of the extended Laurier community.
The pivot of our service delivery to a remote model reflects an imperative to support students as they abruptly transition into new academic learning environments. The continuation of learning through more challenging circumstances requires us to enhance and prioritize a diversity of student supports. This transformative disruption requires imagining new ways to build community, ensure student wellness, and advocate for a safe and dynamic academic environment. As we move into the Spring/Summer term we will continue to confront this new reality together as a community.
All too often our lives are focused on the details of the day-to-day that we lose sight of the bigger picture. Simply put, we lose the forest for the trees. Make no mistake, we are living through what will in all likelihood be the most consequential occurrence in the history of our lives. These are strange days and they will be studied from many angles for decades to come. I encourage everyone to document their personal experiences as best you can and in your own personal way so that you can reflect on your truth and your experience and all that happened during these historic days & as you document it uniquely, remember people experience it uniquely too.
Moral of the story, as Patton Oswalt has said “life is chaos, be kind.”