Message from the President: Upcoming Mask Information

Posted on August 20, 2021

Dear VCC community,

I would like to acknowledge that VCC is on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial.

We have heard your concerns about wearing masks on campus, and what might be done at VCC to ensure masks are taken seriously on campus this fall. Please know we share your concerns.

It is important to remember that during a health crisis like COVID-19, post-secondary institutions take direction on safety protocols from government, the Provincial Health Office, and local health authorities.

I want to share with you this morning that, while VCC continues towards full on-campus operations in September, we have also been advocating for, and working with our ministry and the Provincial Health Office on mask and vaccine guidelines for the post-secondary sector.

We anticipate new information from the PHO and Ministry on these issues in the coming days.

VCC remains committed to the health and safety of all our employees and students. We appreciate all the feedback we have received by our community, and thank you for your support.

If you are not already fully vaccinated, please register immediately and schedule your vaccination.  If you are already fully vaccinated, thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and those around you.

You can find out more about vaccinations at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.

Stay safe and well, and continue to follow the PHO guidelines.

Look for further updates from the college in the coming days.

 

Sincerely,

Ajay Patel

VCC President & CEO



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