I would like to comment on recent addresses regarding the November Human Resources Update. I think it is a sad reflection on the culture of our organization when individuals are inspired to spend time and effort to openly criticize someone for sharing their personal reflections as Barb Daigle has done with her address in the November Human Resources Update. It takes a brave person to publicly admit their professional and personal challenges, especially when they fill such a prominent leadership role, and I find it unfortunate that people feel compelled to discourage open reflection.
Being a leader during a time of changing institutional priorities is never an easy role, especially when your job is to be the public face for many of the changes that affect individual people. Barb Daigle may be an obvious target for those that don't agree with the changing institutional priorities, but it is unfortunate that people can't distinguish between someone's job (which is dictated by the organization) and that person as an individual human being.
I personally find it very refreshing to see a member of our institution's leadership show her human side, and I hope that those in a position of influence continue to reflect on the professional and personal challenges that they face. We would all benefit from learning to respect people not only for the role they fill on campus but for the integrity and humanity they have as individuals as well.
Vance Lester, Health, Safety and
Environmental Management System (HSEMS) Consultant