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Life on the Home Front – Retrospection #2

July 9, 2020
As summer hits full stride, myAC looks back at its series chronicling employees’ journey through the “new normal” of work and life from the home office, highlighting some of the conversations.

myAC asked what are the most significant challenges, and or advantages, to how you do your job now?

“The lack of contact with the students is difficult. What I’ve done for both programs now is host online drop-in sessions every week for them to see each other, ask any questions… other faculty members join me. We want to stay connected as much as we can so we don’t lose learners along the way.”
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Marie-France Boudreault-Champagne, Coordinator of the Sommelier and Bartending programs

“For me, the challenges of working from home are mostly on the social side - comradery with colleagues, collective problem solving and collaboration – while you can still do these things with use of video conferencing, chats apps or a good old fashioned phone call it’s not quite the same as being face to face.”
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Janice Pryce, International Marketing Officer

“With the college closed, our services are very different right now. A lot of our marketing activities are digital, so we are able to continue those remotely, as we prepare for spring term and look ahead to fall.  Our team has found new ways to work and collaborate using Zoom, Trello, Sharepoint and other tools, however I am definitely missing being on campus. A great advantage of this time has been advancing some website projects to continue to enhance our services for our community.”
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Mara Lowrey, Marketing  and Communications Manager, Campus Services

“The biggest challenge of doing everything online is trying to find ways of dealing with students and not losing that personal touch. Journalism instruction is a lot of showing students how to put together a comprehensive story. It's a lot easier to explain in person, but we are learning as we go along.” 
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Neil Haesler, Journalism instructor