This year the intimate and well-attended event included three well-known Selkirk College people; long-time instructor Dr. Gordon Turner, who is the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award, international hair stylist guru Anthony Crosfield who received the Distinguished Alumnus Award and long-time Selkirk College board member and advocate Darlene Kalawsky who has been given an Honorary Diploma in Business Administration.
“These three people have several things in common,” said Selkirk College President and CEO Angus Graeme to the 55 friends, family and staff who gathered to celebrate at the Castlegar Campus on Thursday April 25, 2013. “They are really talented at what they do. They are artistic professionals that take pride in what they do for their community. They are truly wonderful friends of Selkirk College.”
“Anthony, you are a living testament as to what can be achieved as a Selkirk student,” said Bruce Morrison, Board of Governors Chair. “Darlene and Gordon, you are testaments of dedication both in the classroom and in the community … Thank you for your contributions to making Selkirk College such a great place to learn and grow.”
Dr. Gordon Turner: Distinguished Educator Award
After 32 years educating Selkirk College students in English, creative writing, and technical writing in the fields of environment and geomantics, social services, and aviation, Turner has moved on to other activities in Castlegar.
L to R: Selkirk College President & CEO, Angus Graeme, Dr. Gordon Turner and Board of Governors Chair, Bruce Morrison.
“I believe I am recognized as much for my work in the community as in the college,” said Turner, noting that both need to be vibrant. “I think I did a fine job teaching and I am deeply honoured for being chosen for this award.”
Besides his years of teaching, Turner has been a Rotarian, a School Board Chair, a published author, and a member of many Castlegar community boards. He is currently a Castlegar City Councilor and a columnist for the Castlegar News.
“I consider myself the most laid-back person in the Kootenays but I am very passionate about things I am very serious about like writing and teaching,” he said.
“He is like a captain who is steady at the helm,” said Selkirk College English instructor Myler Wilkinson during the tribute. “He is always a grounded presence in all he does. I drew from his strength and from his dedication … His poetic side gives him depth and strength.”
Anthony Crosfield: Distinguished Alumnus Award
Called a “rock star” by some, Anthony Crosfield is an internationally celebrated hair stylist who graduated from Selkirk College’s Hairdressing program in 1985. Now the co-owner and creative director of Union Salon in Vancouver, Crosfield is also the winner of Slice Network’s Superstar Hair Challenge, Season 2.
Since his win, he has traveled the world with Wella International as a Global Visionary for such publications as Cosmopolitan, Elle, Flare In Style, O and Marie Claire. He also works as an educator for P&G Salon Professionals, serves on the Cosmetology Association of BC and is a member of the Global Design Team for Nioxin.
L to R: Selkirk College President & CEO, Angus Graeme, Anthony Crosfield and Board of Governors Chair, Bruce Morrison.
“I’ve always remembered the Selkirk motto ‘Always Reach Higher’ and I think it has been my motto all along, and I didn’t even know it,” said Crosfield during his acceptance speech at the dinner.
Crosfield continues to be a presence in the Selkirk College Hairdressing program. When visiting Nelson he can be found teaching impromptu classes and he also sits on the Hairdressing program’s Industry Advisory Committee.
“Anthony has been giving back to the program for many years, as he did today in the Salon,” said Bob Falle, school chair, who is one of Crosfield’s nominators. “His humorous and attractive presentation mystified the students.”
Crosfield, whose father also taught at Selkirk College, is an advocate for the hairdressing industry and encourages others to create a career path for themselves.
Darlene Kalawsky: Honorary Diploma in Business Administration
Darlene Kalawsky is a well-respected and well known Castlegar businesswoman, volunteer and Selkirk College advocate. Described as a “dynamo” by nominator Barry Auliffe.
L to R: Selkirk College President & CEO, Angus Graeme, Darlene Kalawsky and Board of Governors Chair, Bruce Morrison.
“Darlene is all about passionate persistence and setting out to achieve the things she wants to achieve,” said Auliffe. “She has a desire to make the world better. She believes if you have a passion for something, do it and make it happen.”
At Selkirk College Kalawsky has served for many years on the Board of Governors, has served as the chair for the Festival of Trees, been a part of the MIR Center for Peace Lecture Series fund raising campaign, was instrumental in the development of the Group of Seven Kootenay Auto Dealers Bursary and established the Darlene Kalawsky Digital Arts and New Media Scholarship and Bursary. In her professional life she serves on nearly a dozen non-profit organizations and is the recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award.
“Darlene has a passion for business and there is no question that she makes things happen,” said Auliffe. “She has provided outstanding services to Selkirk College, beginning in the 1990s throughout to today.”
Kalawsky was clearly humbled by the award.
“I think we have to make this the best place we can to encourage families to come back here,” she said of what motivates her to contribute so much of herself to the community at large.
All three winners received a special gift during the dinner. They then attended the Graduation Ceremonies on Castlegar Campus the following day to receive their formal awards. Crosfield also spoke to the grad class urging them to follow their talents and wished them the best of luck in their futures.