Nine Selkirk College Staff Recognized With National Awards.

Kootenay college is proud of faculty and staff members


Nine Selkirk College faculty and staff members have been recognized as some of the best in their field across the country with nominations for awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD).

“I’m pleased that so many of our faculty and staff have been recognized nationally for their commitment. Selkirk College is so proud of these employees,” says Angus Graeme, President of Selkirk College. “They have amazing commitment and passion not only for their work but more importantly for the students that they help.”

Established in 1978, NISOD is a worldwide organization of more than 700 community colleges dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators and staff; as well as the improvement of teaching and learning – with the ultimate goal of student success. NISOD has been handing out awards that recognize excellence in teaching and leadership at its annual Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence since 1989. It’s the largest conference on community colleges in the world.

Selkirk staff and faculty nominated for 2012 NISOD awards include:

Instructor of Resort and Hotel Management, Wendy Anderson was nominated for exemplifying excellence in her teaching duties; showing a strong commitment to academic advancement for students, and for being unfailingly supportive and constructive in her interactions with colleagues.

Instructor of Electrical Foundation/Apprentice, Tom Babbott was nominated for his lasting contribution to Selkirk College’s Electrical Department and his successful delivery of the entire Electrical Foundation and Apprenticeship Curriculum that demonstrates his mastery in all fields – an achievement that places him amongst a minority of electrical instructors in the province.

Duplicating Centre Operator, Carol Chernenkoff was nominated for her ability to go the extra mile to meet all requests; her ability to efficiently multi-task and stream requests to provide the quickest and best possible service to everyone, as well as her patient, caring and considerate manner.

Adult Basic Education Instructor, Cindy Gustafson was nominated for her teaching excellence and innovation; improving student access and success, and her exemplary service.

Dean of Community, Corporate and International Development, Vi Kalesnikoff was nominated for her honest and open approach to leadership; her contagious excitement that helps her make new connections and establish new partners for the college; her ability to ensure a project is completed professionally; and her generous support of others.

Disability Services Assistant, Nadya Sofonoff was nominated for her tireless work on behalf of students and colleagues to provide the best possible exam invigilation experience; her awareness of students’ feelings when arriving for an exam and ability to put them at ease, and her eagerness to pursue professional development and learn new technologies.

Dean of Instruction, Kate Tognotti was nominated for her exceptional support of students and instructors; her respect amongst her peers at the provincial level; the strong industry contacts she has established and nurtured, and her focus on benefit for staff and students.

Selkirk International Instructor, Robin Trudel was nominated for her caring manner and the significant support she provides to international students transitioning into new cultures and new languages.

Disability Advisor, Glynn Woodburn was nominated for the commitment she exhibits on a daily basis to students, staff and community members; her willingness to be available at all times, even when off work, and her outstanding work that serves as an example in providing excellent service and exemplary leadership at Selkirk College.

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