Season’s Greetings from your Kwantlen Faculty Association
Dear Kwantlen Faculty Association Members,
Season’s Greetings! We hope this message finds you and yours all shoveled out of the snow and somewhere safe and warm with a hot beverage.
At the close of 2022, we would like to thank all faculty members for their day-in and day-out dedication, perseverance, and hard work in support of our students and our university community. Thank you. Your work is much appreciated.
We especially wish to recognize our support staff, Kyla Rand, Amy Nagi, and Gill Jones, who do extraordinary work to support the KFA Executive and membership. Thank you all.
We hope you have noticed the number of communications to members from your KFA Table Officers and your KFA Executive. In case they ended up buried in the avalanche of email, here are a few highlights from the last few months.
Recent communications include those from our Executive Representatives including a statement from Seema Ahluwalia, our KFA Executive Representative for Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization regarding Canada’s 2nd National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, an update from David Sadoway, the KFA Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee Representative, and a letter from our Status of Women Representative, Cherylynn Bassani, regarding the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. For more information please see our KFA News & Updates.
Other News & Updates communications range from the recent municipal elections, to the labour issues in Ontario, to KFA in the Courtyard, Fair Employment Week, and the digitization of personnel files.
On the bargaining front our Members Area (login required) includes recent updates from KFA Vice President, Negotiations, Raphael Lagoutin. Thanks especially to Kristie Dukewich for her KFA organizing work on “talking points” and observers to support bargaining.
Please also see the two recent KFActs articles by Member-at-Large Rachelle Hollaway: KFActs: Working Post-65 and Benefits Coverage & KFActs: Accommodations, Short-Term Disability, and Manulife
As we try out new ways of communicating with members, we hope you will reach out if you have a suggestion for how we might better communicate with you in the future.
The KFA virtual office is closed as of Thursday, December 22, and will reopen on Thursday, January 5th. If you require urgent assistance during this closure, please email any of the Table Officers. We will be checking email intermittently over the holidays.
Wishing you a restorative break,
Your KFA Table Officers
Mark Diotte, KFA President
Diane Walsh, VP Grievances
Raphael Lagoutin, VP Negotiations
Rachelle Hollaway, Member-at-Large
Betty Cunnin, Member-at-Large
Kristie Dukewich, Member-at-Large
Emma Baggott, Secretary Treasurer