ASPA Updates, Uncategorized

Condolences to the Klingenberg Family

“It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our former colleague and friend from Student Finance and Awards, Wendy Klingenberg (Associate Registrar and Manager of Student Finance and Awards), passed away this afternoon, surrounded by family, after a long struggle with illness.

A celebration of her life will be held at Park Funeral Home at 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 26.”

Obituary: https://www.echovita.com/ca/obituaries/sk/saskatoon/wendy-gale-klingenberg-14411105

Member Highlights

ASPA Member Highlight – Chris O’Grady, Director of Operations for USask Health Sciences

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Chris O’Grady has a MSc in Biochemistry conferred from the University of Saskatchewan. He has worked at the University of Saskatchewan for the last 12 years. Chris started working on campus in early 2010 as a Research Technician in the biochemistry lab in the Health Sciences building. In April 2015, he transitioned to Lab Manager for the USask Health Sciences, formerly known as the Council of Health Sciences Deans Office. In January 2022, he accepted a position as the Director of Operations for USask Health Sciences.   

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Member Highlights

ASPA Member Highlight – Banjo Olaleye, Academic Advisor, College of Arts & Science

Written by Jane Onuma

Banjo Olaleye moved to Saskatoon from Nigeria in 2015 for his master’s program at the University of Saskatchewan. He has a BSc honor in English and International studies from Osun State University, Nigeria; a master’s degree in English and is currently completing a PHD in English from the University of Saskatchewan. He has worked at the University for 7 years, starting as a research assistant, becoming a teaching assistant between 2016 and 2017. Between 2017 and 2019 he worked for the International Student and Study Abroad Center (ISSAC) and has also worked as a sectional lecturer for St. Thomas More College (STM) and the English department. Banjo currently works as an academic advisor mentoring students in Arts and Science.

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Did You Know?

Canada: Claiming Home-Office Expenses On Your Tax Return

Disclaimer – The views in this article are not necessarily the views of, nor express our reality in, ASPA.  The purpose of highlighting this article is to provide members with varying viewpoints and information about the happenings around campus, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Written by Crowe MacKay LLP, February 14, 2022.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a large portion of Canada’s workforce transitioning to a work-from-home environment. Because of this, the Federal Government introduced temporary changes to how employees may claim their home-office expenses in 2020 and have extended them for the 2021 and 2022 tax years.

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Member Interest Articles

Practicing Self-Compassion at Work

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Everyone knows the feeling that comes with making a mistake or failing to meet others’ expectations. These feelings can be heightened when we do not meet our own expectations and judge ourselves too harshly. When failures occur, this relentless self monitoring, behavior correction, negative self-talk and self-criticism can be counterproductive. We need to make room for self-compassion if we want to move beyond our mistakes and toward future successes.   

Here are some key ways to practice self-compassion at work:

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Labour in the News

Concordia Faculty and Administration Reach Agreement Ending ‘Landmark’ Strike

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Written by Adam Lachacz CTVNewsEdmonton.ca Digital Producer Updated Jan. 16, 2022 4:26 p.m. CST Published Jan. 15, 2022 8:02 p.m. CST

Students at Concordia University of Edmonton will return to classes Wednesday after faculty members ratified a new collective agreement ending a nearly 12-day strike.

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Lunch and Learn Sessions

Lunch and Learn – Getting to know your ASPA Collective Agreement

Hello ASPA Members,

In case you missed the Lunch and Learn Session on January 11th at noon, the video recording is posted below. If you have any questions regarding this presentation, or our ASPA Collective Agreement, please reach out to to our Member Services Officer, Darcy Hryn-Bird, at darcy@aspasask.ca

Presentation given by Darcy Hryn-Bird, ASPA Member Services Officer
Labour in the News

Faculty at Concordia University of Edmonton Strike, Halting Start of Winter Term

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CBC News · Posted: Jan 04, 2022 9:15 AM MT | Last Updated: January 4

‘Multiple competitive salary offers’ have been made to faculty, university says Faculty at Concordia University of Edmonton walked off the job Tuesday morning after the union and the school’s bargaining committee failed to strike a deal following months of negotiations.

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President's Message

President’s Message

Hello everyone and happy holidays! Now that we find ourselves at the end of another term of mostly working remotely, I am sure many of you may agree that we are all hoping 2022 brings us closer to something a bit normal – even if that is a new normal. With the new vaccine mandates for campus, extension of the provincial masking policy to the end of January, and compliance requirements here on campus, it is looking as this will be another long and weary winter. And, as we have throughout all of this, we are doing this together – so you are not alone! 

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