Mar 20, 2024

On growth and renewal

A tree with budding flowers in the foreground of Convocation Hall

Spring is just around the corner and, as much as I love the winter months, there is something truly invigorating about the arrival of spring. 

There are signs everywhere, from the pink hellebores gracing the new gardens of King’s College Circle to the tender daffodil shoots pushing through the soil and the buds on the trees that hold the promise of blossoms and leaves soon to come. 

These natural transitions remind us of the opportunity for growth and rejuvenation and the importance of interconnection. 

In nature, a healthy ecosystem relies on the harmonious interaction of its different and varied components. Small organisms enrich the health of the soil. In turn, they are sheltered by ground-level plants and upwards to the canopy of the tall trees, with each component sheltering and nourishing the others. 

Just as a healthy ecosystem relies on biodiversity and interconnectedness, the Temerty Medicine community thrives when we recognize and celebrate the unique perspectives and strengths that each member brings.  

As we welcome the warmth of the sun and the promise of new beginnings, I encourage each of you to reflect on your role within your own ecosystem. Seek out opportunities to collaborate, connect, welcome and support one another, knowing that our collective efforts contribute to an environment where all can thrive. 

Let's cultivate a culture of empathy and inclusivity where every voice is valued and respected. Whether it's through active listening, mentorship, or fostering a sense of belonging, each of us has a vital part to play. 

May this season of renewal inspire you to forge meaningful connections, collaborate with purpose, and make a positive impact. 

Patricia Houston 
Interim Dean and Interim Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions 
Vice Dean, Medical Education 
Temerty Faculty of Medicine 
University of Toronto