And then everything changed...
On March 15, UFV announced a week-long pause in courses so faculty could adapt their curriculum to a remote learning model.
On March 23, classes resumed, with almost all instruction taking place remotely and most students, professors, and staff working and studying from home.
Graduates were recognized with personalized boxes including their caps, and award winners were visited from a distance by President Joanne MacLean.
Recent Nursing grad Amy Mueller's heartfelt image (below) became a symbol for continued success, landing her on the cover of this year's Skookum magazine.
And throughout it all, the generosity of those supporting our students never stopped, including the community-driven Nick Taylor Pro Am fundraising golf tournament, the incredible support of Dr. Dhami (main image) and generous contributions by CIVL Radio (below) and others.
CityStudio Abbotsford also shared some good news, relocating into the newly renovated Centennial Building in the heart of historical Abbotsford.
Three new UFV research centres launched in 2020: the Community Health and Social Innovation Hub, the Peace and Reconciliation Centre, and the Esposito Family Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship — all busily making community connections while launching research projects and partnerships.
The President’s Office released an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion action plan, which made several commitments, including the hiring of an EDI director, and the publication of a wall calendar noting important EDI-related dates.
Despite our distance, discussions around social justice continued, carried by the long-standing UFV Race and Anti-Racism Network, and other anti-racism events and workshops.
“Nothing about this year has been easy. We have been required to change the way we work and learn at a rate we never imagined. Our faculty, staff, and students have revealed that they are strong, adaptable, compassionate, and exceptional. In this complex environment, we have remained steadfast to our mission of engaging learners, transforming lives, and building community. I have never been prouder to be a part of the UFV community.”