Quest for Excellence Employee Awards
The Quest for Excellence Employee Awards celebrates and recognizes the outstanding contributions of NorQuest College faculty and staff. All NorQuest employees can nominate or be nominated for the awards.
Leadership Award: Ewa Dufrat
As program manager for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), Ewa Dufrat motivates others to excel and leads by example. She supported activities that led to the significant growth of the LINC program, the enrolment of which has been growing steadily over the years. As of 2015, it nearly tripled! This is the second time Ewa is receiving the Leadership Award.
Lifelong Learner Award: Brenda Mein
Faculty development advisor Brenda Mein (centre) works continuously to improve her knowledge, certification, and understanding. In 2015 Brenda completed a master's degree in intercultural and international communications with Royal Roads University. For the last 11 years, Brenda has directly interacted with students to share her knowledge, and she loves to help others develop their own potential.
Innovation Award: Business Development Unit
Fire safety development team Mike Mason (fourth from left), Colin Critch (fourth from right), and Ed Kohel (third from right) developed a proposal that delivers the required programming via online modules and lessons with a remote instructor and tutorial support with practical skills training. Through this initiative, NorQuest is the first to offer Government of Alberta and National Fire Protection Association certifications for forestry firefighters in Alberta.
Customer Service Award: Jody Wadsworth
Customer service representative Jody Wadsworth creates an atmosphere of positivity, collaboration, and teamwork. Her upbeat, patient, and challenge positive approach to onboarding new faculty makes them feel welcome from day one. She always has a friendly ear to lend to students who are feeling overwhelmed, needing to reach an instructor, looking for forms online or struggling to navigate a course in Moodle.
Impact Award: Day Home Provider Program
Day home provider instructors Darrell Giraldeau and Gwen Morraz work hard to develop a culture of learning that supports students to excel and apply their learning to all aspects of their lives. Program graduates have repeatedly indicated they leave with a deeper understanding of Canadian culture and their own culture upon exiting the program.
Leadership Award: Nicole Patrie
The Leadership Award acknowledges individual employees who model, exemplify, and promote outstanding leadership qualities and behaviours.
Nicole Patrie (far right), associate chair of Correctional Education has successfully helped mediate and/or resolve many diverse issues. She assisted in establishing and developing a seminal education facility within Canada’s newest and largest correctional centre.
Lifelong Learner Award: Tracy Sheloff
The Lifelong Learner Award acknowledges individual employees who enhance their skills or education to stay relevant and take on new challenges which result in benefits to NorQuest College.
Instructor Tracy Sheloff (far right) has shown a passion and dedication second to none in English as a Second Language, particularly in low level literacy. She has consistently taken courses, attended webinars, seminars, and workshops to stay current with the demands of teaching at this level.
Innovation Award: NorQuest Virtual Open House Implementation Team
This award acknowledges individual employees or teams who develop and implement an innovative idea demonstrating an increase in efficiency, productivity, financial benefit or student access to the college.
NorQuest’s first-ever virtual open house, held October 30, 2014, was developed to address the potential time constraints of many applicants. Prospective students could access information and chat live with NorQuest staff during the evening from anywhere and on any device. As a result, the college saw immediate benefits with 727 visitors to the website, resulting in 28 live chat sessions with NorQuest staff.
Customer Service Award: Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators Conference Team
This award acknowledges individual employees or teams who demonstrate outstanding customer service, flexibility, professionalism, and the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with customers.
With limited preparation time, NorQuest College came to the rescue and agreed to host the 2014 Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators Conference. The team displayed a challenge positive spirit, was respectful, encouraged each other to strive for excellence, and valued the knowledge and skills of the other team members.
Impact Award: Michele Deis
The Impact Award acknowledges individual employees or teams who provide extra effort beyond their regular duties and responsibilities, promote learning and creativity, shine in their role, and inspire others to do the same.
Michele Deis (far right), Learning Consultant, is the smiling face when coming to a meeting, walking into a room, or joining a project. She brings this energy and kindness all the time. Her commitment to community truly brings people together and makes the college a nicer place to work and to be.
Impact Award: Faculty of Health and Community Studies Clinical Placement Team
The clinical placement team brings expertise to building community internally among programs in health and community studies; they coordinate the clinical and field placements for the majority of students in the faculty. The team coordinates and oversees the numerous experiential field learning placements for every health care aide, pharmacy technician, physical therapy assistant, therapeutic recreation, and hospital unit clerk, as well as significantly large number of practical nurse students.
The team consists of June Parham (centre), Myrna Ross (far right), and Annette Brokenshire (missing in photo).
Leadership Award: Ewa Dufrat
Ewa has been instrumental in introducing technology to the classrooms allowing for new and creative approaches to learning. Ewa’s calm professionalism helps LINC employees meet the language and settlement skills of students.
Lifelong Learner Award: Lisa Rochman
Lisa has used her many learnings and strong educational background for proposal and new course development which has positively impacted partnerships, support from industry, and overall enhancement of community.
Innovation Award: Literacy and Essential Skills Pathways Development Team
The new LES pathways program transforms lives by moving from a deficit-based model to a strengths-based model which helps support the learner’s goals using their existing strengths.
Impact Award: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada Team
The LINC team works with students to increase their language skills, settle into the Edmonton culture, and become integrated into Canadian society. LINC employees are highly respected within the community and nationally recognized as experts in the field.
Customer Service Award: Marg Bonertz
Marg has an incredible gift of being kind. She consistently supports, encourages, and uplifts both tutors and students, and she painstakingly ensures all communications to partners are clear and concise.
The Nursing Foundation 2003 Team is the winner of NorQuest College’s 2013 Impact Award.
The award acknowledges those who provide extra effort beyond their regular duties and responsibilities. They promote learning and creativity, shine in their role, and inspire others to do the same.
The team received the award at the Employee Recognition Ceremony on April 24, 2013. Joining the team in the photo is NorQuest College President and CEO Dr. Jodi L. Abbott (back right) and Chair of NorQuest College’s Board of Governors Lynn Faulder (back left).
The winner of the 2013 Leadership Award is Sharleen Ravnsborg, chair, health care aide.
This NorQuest College award acknowledges individual employees who model and promote outstanding leadership qualities and behaviours.
Ravnsborg received the Leadership Award at the Employee Recognition Ceremony on April 24, 2013.
NorQuest College’s 2013 Innovation Award recipient is the NorQuest Interdisciplinary Simulation Centre (NISC) Team.
The Innovation Award reflects those who foster innovative ideas to increase efficiency, financial benefit or increased student access to NorQuest College. Their innovation results in long-term benefit for the College.
The award was received by two members of the NISC team, Dawn Ansell (left in photo) and Lynne Neis (right) at the College’s Employee Recognition Ceremony on April 24, 2013.
Lifelong Learner Award
Bruce Faunt, faculty developer, was awarded the Lifelong Learner Award at NorQuest College’s Employee Recognition Ceremony on April 24, 2013.
The Lifelong Learner Award reflects an employee who continues to enhance their skills or education. They have taken on new challenges to stay relevant at work and benefit the College. They demonstrate curiosity and passion for continuous learning, and inspire others to do the same.
Customer Service Award
Mark Glass, continuing education administrator, is the winner of NorQuest College’s 2013 Customer Service Award.
This award demonstrates outstanding customer service, flexibility, professionalism, and the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with customers.