Construction - a great stress reliever!

Dear UWSA members,

I recently took a week off to recharge. When I wasn’t gardening, beekeeping, canoeing, or birdwatching, I was building a garden shed. The building project really helped me get out of my head. As the week passed and the shed took shape, I gained scratches, bruises, and achy muscles from the task. I felt the tension fade into the background, and I enjoyed the sun and the heat and the work. It was a great week! But things were still percolating in the back of my mind.

Wrapping up my term, passing the baton!

First, I would like to thank all of our members for your support during my term as President.  My term has ended and I now pass the baton onto Kathy Becker who, I believe, will be a strong champion for staff!  

I would also like to thank the team I had in the UWSA Board of Directors and our UWSA Staff.  They help support all of our initiatives in so many ways.  A very dedicated and enthusiastic bunch of people!

Five things I've learned as President-elect

Five things I’ve learned as President-elect

Hello UW staff members! My name is Kathy Becker, and I’m the current UWSA President-elect. I started this part-time, volunteer role when I was elected in October 2019 and spent the first few months learning the role and getting my head around the many moving parts. And then, like so many of you, I also suddenly had to figure out how to translate my work into a remote working-from-home reality during a global pandemic. Now that I’m feeling mostly settled on both accounts, it feels like a good time to say hello and share a bit about me.

Message to all Waterloo staff

Dear Waterloo staff,

I am reaching out to you today to give you an update on the activities of the University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA). We have been in regular contact with the University’s senior administration, including weekly meetings of the Pandemic Planning Committee, along with our colleagues from the Faculty Association (FAUW) and CUPE. While we have been sending out regular updates to our members, I wanted to reach out to all staff as the topics we’ve discussed and sent out affect all of you.

Reflections on my first two weeks of being President

I am now coming up to two weeks in my official duties as President of the Staff Association.  And I have to say, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind!

As you may know by now, Rose Vogt tendered her resignation from the Board as she was moving on to the greener pastures of retirement.  We all wish her a happy retirement!  But that did leave us with a vacancy in the role of Past President which Michael Herz has agreed to take on – thanks Michael!