The Selkirk College Faculty Association Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) honours professional excellence among instructors who inspire students and each other through their work in the classroom and on campus.
“These incredible instructors love what they’re doing and they strive to do it even better. They put students first by supporting the whole student,” says Carol Andrews, departing SCOPE committee chair.
The Selkirk College Faculty Association Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) Awards recognized outstanding contributions to post-secondary education in the region at the annual event. (L-R) Jackie Belza, Jesper Nielsen and Tammy McLean. Missing: Jonathan Buttle.
McLean is a Nursing Program instructor who is passionate about health and wellness. An instructor for nine years and a nurse for 34 years, McLean demonstrates what it means to be in this profession. In addition to her supportive role in the classroom, she has moved many vital projects forward on campus – Naloxone Training for Selkirk College employees, Street Nursing Program in Nelson and Castlegar and establishing the Selkirk College Wellness Centre where she is the nurse practitioner.
“She is hard working, has grit and is professional and it all comes from her heart,” says colleague Rhonda Schmitz. She is a caring, patient, open minded, courageous and compassionate leader. She is a genuine human being. You can see it in her eyes and it shines in her spirit.”
Belza became indispensable at Selkirk College as the faculty assistant who meticulously maintained the chemistry labs with careful organization and securing state-of-the-art equipment.
“Our chemistry labs would not be the same without her. Jackie’s ongoing efforts have ensured that students have a first-class experience and are well prepared as they move on in their studies beyond our doors,” says colleague Takaia Larsen.
Instructors Exceeding Expectations
After over 20 years at Selkirk College, Belza decided to flex her teaching muscles and quickly became a favourite among fellow instructors and students who describe her as striking “a great balance with having fun with the students and making sure they receive a valuable educational lesson each lab” and “exceeding expectations as a mentor.”
Nielsen arrived at Selkirk College in 2012 a bundle of energy in the Forestry Program. Not only is he a born teacher, but he is full of creative and intelligent ideas on how to make the program even more relevant, dynamic, and innovative. He is also driven to turn ideas into action.
“Jesper engages fellow instructors collaboratively,” says Andrews, also Nielsen’s colleague. “His energy and commitment to his students is truly inspiring. They love him. He loves them. He has probably written dozens of reference letters and fielded the same number of calls from potential employers. He has used his extensive forestry network to help connect students to employers. He gives students a true and honest idea of what it’s like to work in forestry.”
Buttle is an economics instructor with the School of University Arts & Sciences at Selkirk College who also teaches various business courses in the Business Administration Program. He arrived in 2009.
Buttle is described as having made significant contributions towards students’ success through engagement and leadership.
“The way the subject is taught - the healthy discussions, presentations and understanding - is built in such a good way that made me learn so much new. Buttle has always been accessible, authentic and always appreciated the ideas,” says one student.
Buttle has led the Selkirk College chapter of the Enactus Club and provided strong research skills through the Selkirk College Rural Development Institute at Selkirk. Buttle exemplifies the same stalwart qualities as he engages fully in the community as well. He is active in sustainability, the arts, internationalization and economics among many other disciplines.
Awarded instructors expressed gratitude for the professional support received at Selkirk College and pride in what their role a teacher allows them to accomplish in the lives of students and on campus.
“I enjoy coming to work every day,” says Belza. “My workplace is my second home.”