Hello, Michener Alumni. I hope you are well and staying safe. I know fall has been an especially challenging time for the Michener community as the institution rises to the demands placed on the educational and clinical programs amidst the increased burdens brought by the ongoing pandemic.
Within the Board, we have been fortunate to take part in the creative ways that the school has adjusted to meet distancing demands. Earlier this month, we participated in Michener’s first virtual convocation. The Alumni Association board hosted a live pre-convocation icebreaker game where our new graduates could participate online and get to know our group through answering some of our trivia. This took the place of what would have traditionally been a reception held at the convocation venue just before the ceremony. Reflecting on the flurry of activity at a regular convocation, it was pleasant to be a part of this kind of live event where our attendees did not have competing distractions or be tied to a schedule associated with a typical ceremony day. In retrospect, it was a fun way to introduce the Alumni Association our new graduates and something we will definitely revisit in the future. The ceremony which followed was a pre-recorded video of the highest production quality carried out over weeks leading up to this event. Many thanks to the Michener staff for a great convocation.
Coming up on December 15, the board will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM). This meeting will take place virtually (with options to attend online or by phone) and is open to all alumni. If you are interested in attending, we will be communicating an RSVP and meeting details shortly. In the meantime, I invite to you forward any questions or suggestions via our email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And continue to share your stories with us on the Michener Institute Alumni Facebook page.
Recently, the entire Michener community was saddened by the passing of Dr. Diana Schatz. As an organization that celebrates all the successes of Dr. Schatz’s legacy, the loss we feel is profound. On behalf of the Alumni Board, I would like to express my condolences to the Schatz family. Each time Dr. Schatz spoke, she reminded our community that the Michener Institute was created as a better way to train health care professionals, for the better health of Ontarians. Wherever you are, take time to be proud of how we, each, have contributed to that vision.
Chair of Michener’s Alumni Board
Radiation Therapy ‘02