Fleming community stays connected amidst pandemic thanks to virtual Town Hall meetings

As Fleming College faculty and staff continue to practice physical distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Fleming College President Maureen Adamson is ensuring employees feel connected, engaged and supported through direct communication.

President Adamson is hosting virtual Town Hall meetings during the pandemic to help answers any questions faculty and staff may have. She is joined on Webex by members of Fleming’s leadership team, who address any department-specific questions relevant to their area.

Fleming employees receive invitations to the virtual Town Hall meetings via email and have an opportunity to email questions in advance. All questions are reviewed and the top 10 are addressed during the Town Hall. For those unable to attend the virtual meeting, recordings are available to view online later.

The first virtual Town Hall meeting was held Thursday, May 6 and featured President Adamson; Shelley Mantik, Director of HR Client & Union Relations; and Drew Van Parys, Vice-President of Economic & Community Development. This initial meeting addressed the impacts of COVID-19 on the Fleming community, achievements and challenges at Fleming during the crisis, and future plans. Approximately 400 people attended this virtual meeting and had the opportunity to provide feedback through the Virtual Town Hall Meeting Feedback Survey.

Many faculty and staff shared positive feedback about this virtual meeting format. This includes positive feedback on the Top 10 Questions format, appreciating the personable way information is being delivered, the clarity of messaging and information, and requests to continue the virtual Town Hall meetings going forward.

The virtual meetings have continued and the second one, hosted on Wednesday, May 13, focused on academics and plans for Fall semester. President Adamson was joined on Webex by Drew Van Parys; Linda Poirier, Dean of the School of Health & Wellness and Justice & Community Development; and Tom Phillips, Vice-President of Academic Experience.

This next virtual Town Hall is Wednesday, May 20 and President Adamson will be joined by Sandra Dupret, Vice-President of Student Experience. All Fleming College employees have been invited to attend.

Thank you to everyone who has joined the virtual Town Hall meetings and provided your valuable feedback and questions. We hope these meetings help you stay informed and feel connected. We are in this together and we will get through this together.