Selkirk College’s Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010-11 SCOPE Awards.
“These awards acknowledge the long-term and innovative excellence of our faculty and staff,” says SCOPE member and Chair of University Arts and Sciences Linda Harwood. “Individuals are nominated for the awards by students and peers. It is a wonderful way to note how our faculty and staff have enhanced the student learning experiences at the college.”
Winners of the “Long-Term Exceptional Performance” awards this year are: Deb Wandler (Health and Human Services), Paris Voykin (Student Access and Support), Carol Retzlaff (University Arts and Sciences) and Allyson Perrott (University Arts and Sciences).
Winner of the “Exceptional Performance in Innovation” award this year is Marilyn James (Aboriginal Advisor).
Deb Wandler teaches social work at the college and has been recognized as a “true social work professional who listens with an open mind and heart.” Her students consistently describe her teaching style as “supportive, respectful and content-rich” while her colleagues characterize her as a “mentor, an exceptional team mate and lifelong learner.” Deb has been appreciated for her leadership as the Branch Chair for the BC Association of Social Workers and as Chair of the Social Service Worker Provincial Articulation Committee at the college.
Described as always “going above and beyond,” Computerized Placement Test and Invigilation Services Coordinator, Paris Voykin, organizes and runs “Soup’s On”—a parent-support group—and has helped students by driving them to school, buying and delivering furniture, helping clean their houses and providing childcare. Students attest to Paris’ incredible dedication to their happiness and success, saying that "her spirit, heart, and soul go beyond her tiny stature.” Paris’ contribution to the community on behalf of the college is also widely recognized. Colleagues and community members cite her project for education in Africa, her active participation in the Doukhobor community and her promotion of "peace and mindful practice" as examples of her community contributions.
Aboriginal Advisor, Marilyn James, has been recognized for her outstanding work in indigenous education. Students describe Marilyn as “inspiring, passionate and tireless—someone who goes beyond the call of duty and is a relentless advocate for aboriginal students.” Faculty are appreciative of Marilyn’s ability to provide students with a “deeper connection to aboriginal peoples and issues.” In the community, Marilyn is recognized as someone who has a genuine “commitment to peace and justice, to health and healing, to cross-cultural communication and cooperation and to speaking truth to power.” This has been exemplified by her involvement in the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College.
In the words of her peers and students, Interim Assistant Dean of Instruction and retired Biology Instructor, Carol Retzlaff, is an “excellent, enthusiastic, well-organized teacher with a special ability to captivate and involve her students while demanding that critical thinking be a key aspect of class time." Her broad knowledge together with her strong work ethic, positive attitude and generosity with her time, within the classroom, the school and the community make her a most deserving recipient of a Long-Term Professional Excellence SCOPE award.
The nomination of Allyson Perrott (PhD) who teaches chemistry was supported by students, colleagues, and members of the community. Students describe Allyson as “incredibly passionate about chemistry.” Faculty and staff describe her as “competent, hard-working and extremely dedicated to her job.” Community members state “Allyson Perrott is an advocate for Selkirk College and its activities, for the Mir Centre for Peace and for high school familiarization days.”
The Selkirk College SCOPE Awards Ceremony will take place in the Staff-Faculty Lounge at the Castlegar campus on Wednesday, September 28, from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!
Media Contact: SCOPE member (Linda Harwood) and Chair of University Arts and Sciences, David Feldman | firstname.lastname@example.org | 250-365-1331.
First published on September 19, 2011