While we couldn’t gather as alumni in person this past year, I still felt the strength and connection of the Laurier community. Whether it was through your participation in our first and second virtual Homecomings, your attendance at one of our many virtual events, or through the celebration of our alumni on the frontlines who made a difference in the midst of the pandemic, I saw and felt that it is truly great to be a Laurier Golden Hawk.
During the past year, your Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association was working with intention to put our newly adopted strategic plan into action. We were invited to present our plan to both the university’s Executive Leadership Team and Board of Governors. Both extended strong support for our strategic direction and the value and importance of nurturing strong relationships with alumni.
Your alumni association board of directors also stayed connected to the university’s strategic priorities and received presentations and updates from many of the university’s executive leaders during our meetings over the past year. We were very pleased to begin to explore how the alumni association board of directors and alumni more broadly can engage with and support the university’s efforts with respect to credential innovation. We were also represented on the committee tasked with helping to guide the creation of the university’s strategic plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and engaged in our own reflection about how we can advance our efforts in this regard.
I am proud of our individual directors for again this year achieving 100 per cent participation in giving to Laurier – signalling our individual and collective commitment to the university. I am looking forward to our continued work with the university and fellow alumni with respect to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity, as well as how we can all play a role in shaping, supporting and benefiting from the university’s efforts with respect to the future of work and learning.
I am hopeful for the eventual return of in-person events and celebrations and the opportunity to connect with many of you in person again. In the meantime, I wish you good health. Know that your alumni association remains committed to you.
Ryan Smith (BBA ’98)
Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association