Hello MRU family!
I'm excited to reach out to you for the first time in my new role as President of the MRSA. I'm a lifer here if you don't know me, having started right out of university 31 years ago. I have seen so much change and growth over the years, but what continues to make me proud are the committed staff that are at the core of what makes Mount Royal a great university. From security to facilities, from the library to the bookstore, from continuing education to the languages institute, from recreation to the registrar's office, all the administrative staff that support the professors and students learning remotely, Iniskim Centre and Wellness Centre, IT services, accessibility services, business retail services and enrolment services (I hope I haven't forgotten anyone)....YOU ARE ALL DOING AMAZING WORK!!!!! I look forward to working with the new MRSA Executive to represent all of you very important people.
While I must acknowledge the unfortunate abolishment of 19 colleagues and the furlough of 44 others over the last few months, I'm pleased to say that three of our members have been asked to return to their duties. The MRSA Executive continues to support and work on behalf of those that are furloughed. We are working with HR to assist our impacted staff in retrieving their personal belongings from campus. This has been an ongoing issue for a few months and we believe that we are close to reaching a resolution. We will update you on this issue shortly.
As we continue to work remotely, we encourage you to keep your receipts for any expenses you incur personally. We are in discussions with HR on how our staff should be reimbursed for these costs. Again, we will update you on the outcome of this request.
A pleasant surprise was the recent receipt of $10,000 of our designated PD money from the institution. Our PD Committee Co-Chairs, Kaylene McTavish and Courtney Montgomery, are working hard to keep our Mount Royal community connected by offering a series of online opportunities for personal and professional development. Two very successful Yoga sessions have happened, as well as a free online cooking course offered by Fatima Dhooma from Wellness Services. We are hoping to offer additional PD opportunities over the month of July so please watch for these announcements.
Lastly, I want to send out a huge thank you to Baset Zarrug for his many years of service on the MRSA. Baset assumed the role of President for the last 10 years and has been a very committed member of our MRSA community. We wish him much success in his future pursuits within Mount Royal. Thanks also to our outgoing Executive Director-at-Large Shweta Chugh, Karen Hiebert as outgoing Vice-President and Elena Ryabova as outgoing Treasurer.
I miss you and hope we can "see" each other soon!
Coordinator, Student Recruitment
Mount Royal University Announcement
Calgary Stampede Parade half-day in lieu
As we are all aware, the Calgary Stampede has been cancelled due to COVID-19. In lieu of the half-day that is designated to allow staff, exempt and management employees to attend the Stampede Parade, and as recognition for the challenging times that we continue to work through, please work with your manager to determine if there is a half-day, during what would normally be Stampede week (July 3 to 10), that you can take off to relax, enjoy time with friends and family or just step away from work. This includes everyone working from home and those who are still working on campus.
2020 General Meeting Minutes
Thank you for your virtual attendance and for your participation during the General Meeting on May 20. 294 people viewed the live stream. The meeting minutes can be accessed here.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the MRSA office, or one of your MRSA Executive for assistance.