Summary: President's Message May 2011
As another semester at the University of Regina comes to a close, new and exciting things await each of
us. Regardless of the destination we choose this summer the classroom, the back yard, an out-of-
province or even an out-of-country location we will all have the opportunity to learn more about the rich
and diverse cultures in our neighbourhoods, our province, and our world.
I recently had an opportunity to travel to North Battleford as part of the University's annual Community
Connections Tour. The Community Connections event I attended was organized by the Faculty of Social
Work and Poverty Free Saskatchewan, a network of individuals, organizations, governments and
businesses working toward the elimination of poverty. The event included a dialogue session on the
importance of eradicating poverty in our province, as well as the actions needed to achieve this goal. The
dialogue session was co-sponsored by the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, the Battlefords Tribal Council
Indian Health Services, and the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (Battlefords branch).
Caring about everyone in our communities was at the core of this session, as was the idea that we must all
pay close attention to the needs and different views of others. I came away from this session inspired.
The time I spent meeting with local groups who are tackling an issue of relevance and importance to us
all allowed me to reflect upon our shared values as outlined in our Strategic Plan, mâmawohkamâtowin:
Our Work, Our People, Our Communities. In particular, I am reminded that we must employ our
expertise to serve each other and society.
I am reminded of the values stated in our Strategic Plan that encourage us the University of Regina