The most important product of any college or university is its graduates. That is why I am so pleased to be writing to you, the alumni of the Michener School of Applied Health Sciences. You are our most important and precious products and contributions to Canada. I hope that your experience at Michener, and the education you received here, contributed to successful careers and fulfilling personal lives.
Although I had spent many years in the Canadian postsecondary system prior to coming to Michener, I was struck by how little individuals in the Canadian higher education sector knew about Michener. I am equally struck by the dearth of recognition of the applied health sciences in a modern and contemporary health care system. In my opinion, the Michener School of Applied Health Sciences is a jewel. It is a distinctive, if not unique, postsecondary institution in Canada and its programs, among those in the know, are appreciated and recognized for their quality and rigour. I am just delighted that I have joined the Michener community.
One of my goals as Principal is to increase the public profile and recognition of Michener, the significance of our education programs and the quality and importance of our graduates. For this, I need your help. Alumni are some of the best ambassadors for telling the Michener story. Sharing your experience here, and how it contributed to your success, are some of the most compelling ways to educate others about how important the applied health sciences are to our health care system. Michener has more than 12,000 alumni over our 62-year history. There are many stories to tell. I have heard some, and I thank those of you who have stepped up to tell us about the important work you’re doing. I would love to hear more. So, you can expect further engagement from me. You should also not hesitate to write me about your Michener experience. The best way to contact me is to send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, just know that we are very proud of you. We also appreciate that these are trying times, so we wish you all the best and thank you for all you do to preserve and advance the health of Canadians.
Harvey P. Weingarten
Principal, Michener School of Applied Health Sciences