SUDBURY – Cambrian College celebrated employee achievements and milestones on June 8 at Rendezvous, which is the College’s annual faculty and staff recognition event. President Bill Best presented the President’s Awards for Excellence in the Faculty, Team, and Support Staff categories. Retiring employees, and those celebrating 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service, were also honoured.
The President’s Award for Excellence recognizes individuals and teams who have been exemplary in their efforts to not only achieve their own professional goals, but to inspire other members of the Cambrian community to set and achieve the highest standards. The 2017 recipients are:
Team Category: Payroll Department (with an Honourary Member from I.T.)
More than 2,000 people rely on three staff members in Cambrian’s payroll department. This team works diligently to provide accurate, timely, and courteous service. In 2016-17, the team was challenged with the implementation of two new online self-service processes to streamline operations. In addition to their regular duties, and working closely with IT, the payroll team tested and refined these processes to ensure a smooth transition, benefiting the entire College. The award-winning payroll team includes: Andrea Falcioni, Anne Pizzacalla, and Rae Ann Ylinen, as well as honourary member Harinder Bhangu-Nijjar, from it the IT department.
Faculty Category: Robbie Duncan, Welding and Fabrication Professor, School of Skills Training
Robbie Duncan is a professor and program coordinator who is dedicated to the betterment of his students, the College, and the community. He leads and inspires students in the classroom and in the welding shop. Duncan also engages students in volunteer projects; coaches students to win provincial and national Skills competition medals; contributes to applied research projects; supervises apprentices; and serves on the Skills Canada Technical Committee and the Cambrian Foundation Board of Directors. Students and graduates say Duncan inspires them to strive to be the best they can be in their trade and in life.
Support Staff Category: Kelleen Schonfeldt, Career Advisor, Student Success and Recruitment
Kelleen Schonfeldt is a life-long advocate for positive change and continuous improvement. As a Career Advisor, she is dedicated to student success. In addition to that, she works for the betterment of the College and community as a member of the Strategic Plan “Strat Pack;” the Health and Safety Committee; the OPSEU Local 656 Executive, and the Campus Accessibility and Safety Audit groups, among others. Schonfeldt leads new initiatives where she sees a need for change, and is a dedicated volunteer and fundraiser for various causes. She is known as a positive role model to students and an inspiration to her colleagues. Schonfeldt received a President’s Gold Medal for academic excellence and contributions to the community and the College as a graduating student at Cambrian in 2001. She was also part of the iCan Creative Gala Team that earned a President’s Award for Excellence in 2011.
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