TRUFA 2019-2020 Executive
Since the May TRUFA newsletter was published, here are the highlights respecting the TRUFA Executive:
TRUFA Executive—Strategic Planning Retreat (June 12-13)
Twenty members of the TRUFA Executive attended the annual strategic planning retreat held at Quaaout Lodge on the traditional territory of the Little Shuswap Indian Band near Chase, BC. The two-day retreat included the following activities:
TRUFA Executive Meeting (June 13)
As part of the retreat, the new TRUFA Executive met formally for the first time. Here are the highlights of that meeting:
This is my final report as TRUFA president, a position that I’ve held since April 2014, and prior to that, from 2000 to 2007. I want, first, to thank TRU faculty whose trust in my abilities has made it possible for me to do a job that I’ve found both challenging and rewarding. Five years of Executive members and TRUFA table officers have done important work in promoting the goals of the faculty association and representing our members, and I’ve enjoyed working with all of them. I salute the commitment of those who have recognized TRUFA service as a vital component in the governance of our university.
I want to acknowledge two individuals who have been instrumental in the work I’ve been able to do over the past five years.
First, Star Mahara—who has been good-naturedly called “the perpetual VP”—has been a trusted colleague and confidante, starting way back in 2000 during my first term as association president. Star is spectacularly organized and efficient in whatever work she undertakes…and she undertakes a great deal! I have thoroughly enjoyed partnering with her on so many TRUFA initiatives and I firmly believe that she has retirement plans solely to avoid having to step up to the “big chair”!
And I just cannot adequately express my appreciation for Marian Griffin, TRUFA’s extraordinary confidential administrative assistant. I have worked with Marian since 1996 and there hasn’t a day gone by when I don’t remind myself that the work of the association could not proceed without Marian’s steady hand, her incredibly accurate institutional history, and her consistently calm demeanour.
I know that TRUFA and TRU faculty are in excellent hands under the leadership of Mónica Sánchez-Flores, who already has such a great track record of commitment to service at TRU. I have offered her any assistance and support that she might need as she takes on this role.
Returning to teaching and research alongside my English and Modern Languages colleagues will be a new challenge for me, but one that I am certainly looking forward to.
Tom Friedman, TRUFA President