Dr. Peter J. Ricketts,
President and Vice-Chancellor

From the President's Desk

RA's and Dr. Peter Ricketts pose in front Chipman House during Move-In Weekend 2020

Thanksgiving weekend is here. Many of us traditionally travel to visit with family and friends to enjoy our favourite holiday foods and reflect on what makes us grateful. While our Thanksgiving experiences will likely be very different this year, I hope you take the opportunity to celebrate what matters to you.

Dear Acadia Community,We are all Treaty People. But what does that mean, and why should it matter to you?

Recently I sat down with Zabrina Whitman, our Indigenous Affairs Coordinator at Acadia, to talk about the meaning of Treaty Day; the history of Mi'kma'ki where we live, work, study, and play; and our hopes for the future. I really enjoyed our conversation and learned a lot; I hope you will too.

Welcome to a new academic year at Acadia University! Although there is hardly a more beautiful campus than ours in the fall, some things will look and feel different as we implement public health guidelines to keep us safe.

This year more than ever, we are called upon to care for one other.

Dr. Peter Ricketts and Safety and Security's Greg Deveau walk around campus to inspect COVID-19 preparations

Earlier today, I was pleased to hear Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health report that he feels the re-opening of university and college campuses across the province is going well.

President Peter Ricketts taps his ID card for contact tracing at Seminary House

As we approach the Labour Day weekend, I expect that, like me, you are experiencing mixed emotions of excitement and trepidation as the start of a fall term like no other draws near.