Letter from ISAO President Ken Gillies

All Member Communication Emailed March 17, 2020

Dear ISA Ontario Members,

I know that all of you have been following the steady drumbeat of news on the rapidly evolving situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is understandable that recent news reports about the spread of the virus, government-imposed travel restrictions, quarantines, and other actions may be cause for concern.

These are, unfortunately, extraordinary times. We are getting new information about the transmission of coronavirus, every day and the spread of the virus continues to have an escalating impact on our daily lives and on the lives of our loved ones. While the circumstances on the ground are evolving rapidly, we must make decisions now that prepare us for the days, weeks, and months ahead. In situations like this, we need to pull together, look out for one another, and do all we can to protect each other and the most vulnerable among us.  With this in mind, we will be implementing a ‘social distancing’ policy to reduce exposure to the virus and improve our ability to serve you. These steps are not taken lightly, we know that they will have an impact on members, but we believe that these measures are consistent with the guidance of health experts and necessary in order to slow down the spread of the virus and reduce the risk to our employees and our communities.

In the days ahead, ISA Ontario employees will begin working exclusively from home; therefore the physical office will be closed. As would be expected with the office closure, we will be unable to keep the bookstore operational.  If members require books immediately, they should order directly from ISA International at: Catalogue available HERE; Bookstore link HERE

You can still reach the office by phone and email:
Phone:
1-888-463-2316 or 416-493-7022
Email:  [email protected]

Further to this, we are cancelling our March / April TRAQ & reTRAQ workshop in Whitchurch-Stouffville. We believe this is a responsible and fair course of action considering the current circumstances.  Any further courses being held by ISA Ontario will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, as time goes on and the situation becomes clearer.

I hope that all of you feel as we do: ISA Ontario is a family, and families take care of each other. Throughout all of this, please remember to look out for the physical and mental well being of your colleagues and if you need any support or services, please reach out to us, so we can put you in touch with the appropriate agencies. Your health and safety are our top priorities.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Warm regards,

Ken Gillies
President
ISA Ontario