Posted on behalf of Jenny Lee-Walker
Heraclitus, a Greek Philosopher stated, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” His statement holds true for all of us, personally and professionally during the last few months in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.
Change is inevitable, however, no one could have envisioned the “change” Covid-19 would exact from “us”. For some of us, adapting and adjusting to this new way of life and new ways of working have proven to be very challenging and stressful, while for others the changes presented may have been easier to take in stride and perhaps even exciting, a departure from the ordinary way of doing business. Just as no river is the same on any two given days, no two people are identical and our capacities to adapt and assimilate changing environments will be varied and reflective of a host of personal experiences and of life challenges we face and to overcome!
Through this poem, we want to take this opportunity to commend and applaud all of you in your personal handling of the COVID-19 pandemic situation the best to your ability:
The recent outbreak of Coronavirus
It has taken a huge toll on all of us
At ES, our processes have changed and we have been working from home
Connecting via emails, Skype or with Zoom
Self-isolation is a challenge because human contact is what we all crave;
We heed the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry, “Be kind, be calm and be safe!”
Kudos to our friends and Colleagues at ES Okanagan
We stand together, while being apart, serving students and faculties with extra care and compassion
Shout-Outs to Admissions, Communications, Scheduling, Records & Systems Management, Senate and all the ESAs – in unity
Providing first class service and support to all our students, faculties and everyone in our UBC Community
Under the guidance and leadership of our beloved Registrars, Fred and Kate,
Our mission and vision have never wavered, in fact it continues to be great!
For now, we salute and raise a cheer from our favourite mug
Until it is safe to give you all a hug big fat hug
From all of us at Student Financial Management (SFM); our praises are unabashed and unedited;
To acknowledge and commend each and every one of you on this edition of ES Connected!