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Director’s Message

A message from Lia E. Tsotsos, Director of Sheridan's Centre for Elder Research

Lia TsotsosAugust 2022

To the Centre for Elder Research community,

We hope this note finds you keeping well and continuing to find ways to return to the normalcy I’m sure many of us have been missing. We, like you, continue to navigate our changing circumstances as best we can, adjusting our work and research approaches to be maximally inclusive and engaging. In that spirit, I’m pleased to let you know that as of September 2022 the physical doors of CER will once again be open with our new, hybrid staffing approach.

Each team member will craft their own schedule that combines in-person work at CER with remote, virtual and off-site time as required by their project portfolios. This will be paired by the development of more ways to engage with us, such as through the use of publicly accessible meeting request platforms, both in-person or virtual meeting options and hybrid events. While everyone is always welcome to drop by our offices in-person, we do want to acknowledge the fact that there may be times when no one will be there as we take meetings elsewhere. We do hope that anyone wishing to connect with us use one of our other options, as we remain committed to timely and personal responsiveness through all our channels.

September 2022 will also be exciting for other reasons. We will be celebrating our 19th anniversary by welcoming a new permanent team member and new Advisory Board membership. These announcements will be shared later in the month and I think you’ll be as excited as I am by these new faces and their respective experiences. As we look ahead to our milestone 20th anniversary in 2023, there will also be formalized opportunities for our community members to contribute to our strategic planning and goal setting for our third decade of research in the field of aging. Stay tuned to learn more, and please do consider participating in those opportunities when they are launched.

I’m feeling motivated and eager as we approach our “re-opening” and truly look forward to seeing many of you in the months ahead, either in-person or virtually, or both! Thank you, as always, for supporting our important work in this space, we couldn’t do it without you.


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