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Message from Chris

April 2021

The promise of summer and a hopeful fall return.

As the academic year nears the end, let's acknowledge what a challenging time this had been. We have seen the extraordinary effort that everyone has made in these extraordinary circumstances. Thank you to each one of you for your resiliency and going above and beyond to take care of our campus community over the past eight months.

As most of you are aware, the provincial lockdown necessitated further adjustments to operational plans for April. As the school year winds down and students leave campus, schedules and hours of operation within Residence Dining are being adjusted accordingly. Please see your unit managers for further information.

If you have any questions, or require any assistance with opening your Employment Insurance (EI) claim, please don't hesitate to contact Kris Worton, Payroll Coordinator at, or at 519.850.2959.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
By June 22, 2021, all employees at Western will be required to use MFA to access many online sites and services, including your UWO.CA email and MyHR. Passwords alone are not enough anymore, which is why Western is introducing MFA (Mulit-Factor Authentication). A user is granted access only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence to prove their identity.

How does it work?
When you log into an MFA protected site (such as MyHR), you will be required to present a second form of security as well as your login ID and password. A second layer of protection is added by combining something you know (your password) with something you have (your phone or security token) to verify your identity.

For more information visit and navigate to "Setup MFA" in the left menu. To enroll in MFA at Western now - Go to Setup MFA to begin!

Step-by-step instructions for Hospitality Staff are located under the HS STAFF SITE MENU / RESOURCES. Please feel free to contact Joan Williams, Administrative Coordinator at, or at 519.850.2940 for assistance or Karin DeCaluwe at, or at 519.661.3957.

As the spring and summer months approach and the academic year comes to an end, an opportunity to recharge and take care of ourselves, our families, and our community is upon us. With the hope of the Covid-19 vaccine, we look forward to a more normal return this fall as we welcome back our students.

We will communicate any changes through the summer months. At the moment, things are still quite fluid as we navigate through the third wave of the pandemic. Please stay connected with Western and information resources such as the Hospitality Services website and Western's Covid-19 (Coronavirus) website.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to a Unit Manager or our office if you have any questions.

Have a safe and healthy summer!

Chris Alleyne
Associate Vice-President
Housing & Ancillary Services

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