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We understand that Lisa Morris-Andrews position at Art Conversation Program has become 'strictly secretarial'. We oppose this decision strongly for the following reasons. Lisa's contribution to students in their tenure here, both Canadian and foreign, has been far more than secretarial work. She has supported and encouraged students to pursue excellence especially when we were dealing with the changes in the university system and contending with our burdens here. We relied on her support, both academic and logistic, to succeed in the program. She made us benefit in many ways: through offering time, talk, her ears, her open office door, candy, affection, respect, her optimistic can-do attitude and her willingness to go beyond working in a box. She has helped students with their grant applications; aided foreign students by giving them helpful information regarding any problem that they have, familiarizing them with university customs and operations, and assisting them with English if needed. She has facilitated communication between the administration and the students. She is also invaluable because she has a MAC degree and can accurately direct students in many academically associated situations. By making her position strictly a secretarial position not only the students lose out on a resource that helps them do well academically and emotionally, the program is shortchanged as many of her non-secretarial skills and abilities become unavailable. A happy programme is a productive and a successful programme and according to the students, Lisa is the reason why many of them can be productive and successful even when they are faced with substantial difficulties. We, the undersigned, are MAC students, graduate and current, who are extremely surprised by this decision to change the nature of her function at MAC and support Lisa Morris-Andrews as an administrative assistant whose job is far more than 'strictly secretarial'. We would request very earnestly that this change to her job description be revoked and the students given back their supportive and viable presence in the MAC office in Lisa Morris-Andrews person.

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