What a week this has been. Over the weekend, vaccine appointments for child care workers began to open up. Because our children’s center has been open and because I am connected to the Childcare Planning Council and to the ECE Director’s Roundtable, I was able to ensure that IVYP’s staff were included in the list. It was quite a ride.
I want to take a moment to reﬂect on the past year. It was exactly one year ago that the world changed. On March 11, 2020, the NBA shut down and UCSB announced it was going to remote classes. On March 13, 2020, the public school announced they were closing for three weeks. We followed suit. Who could have imagined the year we would experience?
I had the privilege of speaking to a UCSB class on Tuesday, just moments after an email was sent informing students that classes would be remote until the end of April. The focus of the class shifted from my leadership journey to how leadership strengths and weaknesses are revealed in a crisis.
For IVYP and the Isla Vista Food Co-op, partnership means more than a contract. It’s walking the talk and working thoughtfully together to provide vital services to the community. Last May IVYP and the Isla Vista Food Co-op entered into a formal contract to provide food for our food distribution and emergency food pantry as well as offer nutrition classes to the community.