As we farewell September and welcome October and the easing of restrictions and borders opening, I can’t help but reflect on the year to date. Universities and colleges are seeking innovative ways to support students and trainees during these uncertain times in an attempt to minimize the impact of COVID-19. The enormous amount of work that has gone into keeping our Elders and communities safe during these times cannot go without mention. The community driven, NACCHO-led response saw government departments, agencies and other organisations working together to keep our communities safe. Our mob, our way.
Lockdown has seen many of us re-connect with family and our culture, whether face to face, telephone or by some video connection. It has provided some with the opportunity to re-claim family time, as we start moving to what may be the “new normal” I hope we all continue to cherish this increased family time. Our family, our strength, our home.
The AIDA Secretariat has been back in the office for a few months now and I have to say that whilst I enjoyed the convenience of working from home, being back in the office with the team is fabulous.
We have welcomed four new team members (Mel, Blake, Cara and Alasdair), each of whom bring their own energy and innovation to the organisation. I am also looking forward to rolling out a few new projects and initiatives over the next few months.
It would be remiss of me to close without mentioning our upcoming AGM, AIDA’s first virtual AGM! Nominations for Board positions are closing soon, but there is still time to submit your nomination. Please ensure your details are current so that you can participate in the AGM.
Until next time,