Message from the Director General and the Chair of the Board
A PLAN FROM THE COMMUNITY. A PLAN FOR THE COMMUNITY.
After widespread consultation and discussion, the Vanier community has enriched our history by giving ourselves a plan to develop and inspire our future. Despite budget reductions and austerity measures, our community has identified avenues of development and ways to better fulfill our central goal: to maintain high quality services for students in a “milieu de vie” where all stakeholders find opportunities to grow and make positive contributions to Vanier College and to the larger society.
Based on consultations with students, all departments and services, unions and associations, Academic Council and the Board of Directors, we identified current issues, defined our vision for the future, and set a course to pursue that vision. The result is a plan that is not a goal in and of itself, but rather a tool to guide us to become what we want to be. As we should with any tool, we will undertake an annual assessment of just how well it meets our needs and we will make adjustments as required.
Just as the Vanier community was widely involved in the creation of Strategic Plan 2015-2020, the community will also be involved in monitoring its implementation and evolution. Transparency will be mandatory as we expend efforts and resources to attain our objectives. Transparency will also be necessary as we review and modify these objectives, as needed.
No one can predict the future. No one can be sure of the resources that will be available in the next few years. But everyone can put their best effort forward so that together we face the challenges ahead and attain the goals we have set.
Strategic Plan 2015-2020 is a beginning, not an end. It will be successful only if we use it as a guiding light, and not as a veil to obscure our reality. The quality of community involvement in creating the Plan gives us reason for great optimism and for its successful implementation.
Normand W. Bernier
Board of Directors