Sarah Fawcett, an English Instructor and tutor in the Writing Centre has been recognized this year with a SCOPE Exceptional Performance Award.
Nominated by several colleagues, “Sarah’s cheerful demeanor and strong work ethic is infectious and supports a positive workplace environment for everyone!” She works above and beyond for students and “the writing centre has blossomed under her management”. “She is a favourite among students with her positive attitude, wonderful sense of humour and incredible patience,” adds another colleague.
Students so appreciate her tireless support. “I couldn’t have done this school year without Sarah,” says one student. “This is not an understatement!!!” “She is an angel and I feel very blessed to have had her support this past year.”
And when Sarah is not at the college, she is busy at home fostering dogs or supporting community musicians and artists. “Woe to the carpool if Sarah sees a stray dog on the way to work.”
Sarah is loved and appreciated by students and colleagues alike!
Sue Hackett, Nursing instructor, started with us in 2007, and since then has taught from year one through to year four of the BSN program. Her commitment to the students, colleagues and the program itself is evident in the work she does outside of her teaching responsibilities.
Sue’s time and commitment was exceptional while she was on the Curriculum and Program Evaluation Committee with four partner sites, revising curriculum and program evaluation. This work supported the BSN program to receive national accreditation with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. Sue’s work with the Research Ethics Committee and her engagement in scholarships and applied research has enhanced the community that she works with. The students who have had the opportunity to work with Sue on these projects have also gained valuable experience. Other projects include supporting students for NCLEX success; Teaching to Teach; the lived experience of BSN faculty in the development of a Culture of Scholarship; Nursing Student’s and Geriatric Care; and Exploring Skills Development in the Employed Student Nurse Program.
The words that were consistent in all the supporting letters for Sue included words such as: genuine interest in students and her work, pleasant, consistent, works with all her heart and soul, a driving force, goes beyond all expectations, expects excellence and raises the bar for us to meet, proactive, willing to share her knowledge, innovative. It was noted that “Sue exudes warmth, wisdom, and strength; together, these characteristics create the perfect recipe for promoting student motivation and academic success.” It is a recipe for a SCOPE award.
Sargent Hayden, Nursing instructor, was nominated for this award by a student, Sarge is described as a mentor who guides students through the unique challenges of learning the nursing profession with poise and grace. Caring, compassionate, humorous and "ethical to the core," Sargent is able to establish a supportive and professional relationship with his students that "creates the foundation for growth above and beyond what is expected."
Colleagues describe Sarge as "calm, positive and giving of his time and energy" in all roles he has with Selkirk. Additionally, he is incredibly student-focused. One co-worker notes that "Sarge is always willing to give students the benefit of the doubt...to see any situation from the student's perspective and...seeks ways in which to support students to achieve success."
Sarge has very high standards for his own practice and is able to impart this desire for high quality care to his students. With these standards of quality care at the fore, he has helped to build and maintain connections to our local communities by championing a mental health practice group that is able to sustain placements in Castlegar, Nelson and Trail.
Professional, dedicated, creative, thoughtful, and brilliant, Selkirk College, our nursing program and our nursing students are very lucky to have Sarge.
Keyes Lessard, instructor for the School of Environment &Geomatics, is a graduate of the Recreation, Fish & Wildlife Program at Selkirk College in 1995 and received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University. He has been an Instructor in the School of Environment & Geomatics at Selkirk College since 2004, and has taught an assortment of courses in subjects including forest ecology, outdoor skills, environmental law, and avalanche training.
Nominated by a student, Keyes is described as having made significant contributions to the college and the success of students. “Keyes is always available for one to one talks (with students)… he is always happy and excited about what he is teaching… he really made my college experience a lot better and more comfortable.”
Colleagues describe Keyes as a thoughtful and caring colleague who always takes a leadership role in ensuring students have a positive and memorable learning experience. “He is continuously thinking about how student experience could be improved in every activity that he is involved in… always striving to have happy learners… the strong enrollment we have is partly due to Keyes’ efforts here.” Keyes has constantly improved the currency of what is being taught through curriculum development with new and existing courses… he tackles assignments with “enthusiasm and dedication.”
Outside of the College, Keyes has been active in the Nelson Search and Rescue Association, and is an active member of the Canadian Avalanche Association.
Celebrate with the Recipients
The SCOPE Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Selkirk College Faculty Association, will be held on Thursday, September 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge. All are invited to attend.
For more information, please contact Danielle Cossarini, at 250.365.7292 Ext. 21382.