Cambrian College celebrated achievements and milestones on June 11 at the College’s annual faculty and staff recognition event, known as Rendezvous. At the gathering, Cambrian President Bill Best presented the President’s Awards for Excellence in the Administrator and Support Staff categories. The Faculty Award winner, which was presented on May 28 at Convocation, was also recognized. Retiring employees, and those celebrating 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service, were also honoured.
The President’s Award for Excellence recognizes employees 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 following individuals are recipients of this year’s awards:
Administrator – Jean Brown, Dean of the Schools of Justice; Community Services; and General Studies
Jean Brown has an extensive background in education, and a reputation as an inspiring and innovative leader. Faculty and staff describe her as an “extraordinary professional” and an “exceptional Dean.” She is known for her excellent listening and problem-solving skills, for never missing a deadline, and for her vision. On every level, Brown seizes opportunities and enables others to do so as well. She recently served as Interim Vice President, Academic, in 2013-2014. Brown was honoured with the President’s Award for Excellence in the Faculty category in 1994 and 2003. Brown has a Master of Arts degree in Child and Development Studies from Laurentian University, in addition to other academic credentials.
Faculty – Ryan Carbone, Part-time Chemistry Professor in the School of Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies
Ryan Carbone’s dedication to teaching and learning is demonstrated by exceptional feedback from students, faculty, and staff. Many students declare that he is the best teacher they have ever had. They say he has changed the way they feel about learning, and about themselves. Students commend his creative teaching, the care he takes to create a community within each class, his passion for chemistry, his uncanny patience, his application of ethics, and his willingness listen. Carbone has a Master of Science degree from Laurentian University, is an active volunteer, and has earned many awards, fellowships, and certificates. Intellectual playfulness not only helps critical thinking, but when the going gets tough, the tough can recreate themselves. That is the power of owning who we are.
Support Staff – Daniel Walsh, Technologist for the Civil and Mining Engineering programs
Daniel Walsh is known for his exceptional knowledge, service and support. Whether he is working in the engineering tool crib, the classroom, or in the field, faculty and students say he is organized, efficient, patient, thoughtful, and kind. He demonstrates strong ethics and offers helpful advice based on his diverse experiences. Daniel has been a tremendous asset in the five years that he has been an employee at Cambrian. He regularly volunteers for events, and he brought his skills to Tanzania where he set up a new space for equipment. Daniel has a Geology degree from Lake Superior State University, and four Engineering diplomas from Cambrian.
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