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A message from the Vice-President (Administration) on VPP days

June 5, 2020 — 

We have successfully completed spring term, after the most significant disruptions in our history, and we are at a place now where we can make decisions for our 2020/21 budget. Though we continue to live in challenging and uncertain times, we have much to be proud of when we consider UM’s remarkable contributions to the success of our students, our province, and to global public health.

Last week, President Barnard shared with you the details of our 2020/21 provincial operating grant. I encourage you to please read that message if you have not already. In light of these changes to our core funding as well as the many financial implications of the global pandemic, we are pursuing opportunities for cost saving measures while supporting the critical work we continue to do.

As part of these efforts, the President’s Executive Team will be participating in the Vacation Purchase Plan (VPP) by purchasing five days off. This means that we are each taking five days without pay, and spreading the cost of these days over the remainder of the fiscal year. Details of the program can be found here. Many staff throughout the university are already familiar with VPP and have participated, but the program has been expanded for this fiscal year in response to COVID-19. This year, as each unit pursues appropriate budget reductions, we are encouraging all who are eligible and willing to consider purchasing VPP days.

The VPP program remains optional – no one will be required to participate and you must discuss with and receive approval from your supervisor about your plan.

Thank you again for your continued resilience, patience and support throughout this incredibly stressful time.

Lynn Zapshala-Kelln, B.Admin, CPA CGA
Vice-President (Administration)

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