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Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

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SFU’s front line workers have our gratitude

May 22, 2020

All of us at Simon Fraser University offer our gratitude to our front line employees who are maintaining vital operations and serving the university community.

Recently, I visited dedicated staff at SFU Residence and Housing and at SFU Health and Counselling on the Burnaby campus, and was inspired by their commitment to SFU and to our students. These staff work tirelessly to ensure that students enjoy a positive living and learning environment, while carefully observing mandated health and safety standards themselves.

Our front line workers also include employees in IT Services who are working hard to keep our technology functioning reliably and securely. They include staff in Facilities Services and in Safety & Risk Services who are maintaining our buildings and keeping our campuses safe. They include teams from across Student Services who respond to a multitude of student needs and concerns. And they include many, many others.

To highlight the efforts of employees like these who continue to support university systems, SFU News has launched a special series that I encourage you to read.

To all our front line workers, I say “thank you.” The university community and I hugely value your hard work and dedication.  You provide another heartening example of how our engaged university community is pulling together to support each other through this crisis.