‘You deserve them’: Patrick Deane extends holiday weekends for university employees

Summer-month long weekends lengthened to thank faculty and staff for ongoing “flexibility and resilience” throughout pandemic

Patrick Deane shares decision to extend summer holidays in a letter to faculty and staff.

The University will be closed from May 20 to 23 and July 1 to 4 due to an extension in summer holiday weekends.

Citing the global pandemic and Mental Health Awareness Week, the University extended the two long weekends for all faculty and staff from three days to four.

In an email sent to faculty and staff on May 2, the University said the additional days off—July 4 and May 20—have been granted in light of the past two years’ changes and challenges.

“I am proud and also humbled by the way members of our community have approached this difficult time, exhibiting unparalleled creativity, flexibility and resilience,” Principal Patrick Deane said in the email.

The hope is for faculty and staff to “enjoy” a four-day long weekend.

“I am grateful to you all for the time and energy you have devoted to Queen’s. And please, enjoy your days off—you deserve them,” Deane said.

Employees who have May 20 or July 4 scheduled as vacation days will have these days reinstated in their vacation allotment. Employees who must work on these days will be given two alternative holiday days after a discussion with their managers.

In the email, Deane expressed he is “optimistic” about what the faculty, staff, and management can achieve in the future and is thankful for their accomplishments.

“It seems an auspicious occasion to take time to reflect [...] things have not been easy the last few years.”

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