Red Deer Polytechnic recognized employees who made contributions in serving students, the institutions and the community over the past year through the 2022 Awards of Excellence.
“Red Deer Polytechnic’s employees are the backbone of the institution,” said Stuart Cullum, president of the post-secondary institution.
“Their expertise and dedication contribute immensely to the institution’s success, and they play integral roles in our trajectory as a leading polytechnic.”
The Awards of Excellence are given annually as formal recognition for remarkable contributions from faculty and staff. This year’s awards were handed out on Wednesday.
Doug MacDormand and Kevin Willoughby, instructors in the Donald School of Business, Science and Technology, received the Excellence in Innovation award. They designed and implemented the Dean’s Certificate, which equips learners with business competencies and experiences in fun and innovative ways.
Sheri McKenzie, manager of Health Safety and Wellness, won the Excellence in Service award and was “instrumental in helping” to navigate through challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, RDP said in a statement Thursday.
“Using evidence-based practices, McKenzie ensured Red Deer Polytechnic had the necessary information to make effective decisions to reduce the risk and transmission of COVID-19 on its campuses,” the statement said.
The Excellence in Teaching award was given to Marilyn Lange, a legal assistant instructor in the Donald School of Business, Science and Technology.
“Lange’s kind and welcoming personality creates a comfortable, collaborative learning environment for her students. Her ability to effectively address the diverse needs and learning styles of her students sets them up for success academically, personally and in their careers,” said the RDP release.
Three individuals received the Excellence in Leadership Award: Dr. Alison Jeppesen, associated teach of Teaching, Learning and Research; J’Anna Aitchison, director of strategic projects and integrated planning; and Dr. Robbie Halonen, associated dean in the School of Arts and Culture, and the Donald School of Business, Science and Technology.
“Our institution is extremely fortunate to have talented employees who are leaders in their fields, and tonight was a special way to celebrate their contributions,” said Cullum.
“Through their efforts, the Polytechnic will continue to increase career relevant education and training, applied research opportunities, and collaborative efforts with companies to support their development.”
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