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.

2017

Leadership Award: Derek McCurdy

Derek McCurdyDerek is a natural leader. His enthusiasm and concern for the well-being of others affects everyone in the E&IT department in a positive way. Derek motivates others to excel by supporting the ambitions and initiatives of all staff while keeping the departmental budget and operations in mind. In expecting the best in others (as he does in himself), his staff are all inspired to rise to meet these expectations. His contribution to numerous committees, as well as developing the NorQuest Technology Strategy, have allowed him to bring together the needs of others at the college to form a successful outcome to benefit everyone.

Lifelong Learner Award: Elena Sprikina

Elena SprikinaElena works in collaboration with the International Office and provides support for admissions and recruitment of international students. In January 2017, Elena began completing a statistical analysis of the correlation between academic preparedness and academic performance in International Students. She has also successfully completed the International Students and Immigration Education program; completed NorQuest’s intercultural training and similar training with the Butterfly Moon Project; and has both a Lean White Belt and Lean Yellow Belt.

Innovation Award: Angie Tarasoff

Angie TarasoffAngie researched, planned, and conducted “Hackathons” to improve the user experience of NorQuest students, employees, and executive as it relates to technology initiatives. What is a hackathon? It is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development collaborate intensively on software projects. They are between one day and one week in duration. Since these events were held, many college areas have shown interest and asked about how hackathons are run. The Hackathons were highly collaborative and involved E&IT, faculty and staff from across the entire college, and most importantly, NorQuest College students.

Customer Service Award: Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre (AACCC) team

Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre (AACCC) teamTeam members: Ruby Littlechild, Sara Cardinal, Ronald McHugh, Lee Machona, Maple Liu

One of the best aligned values of the AACCC with the college’s vision and brand attributes is its inclusive nature—services are open to all people. In its short history, the centre has served a greater proportion of women and new immigrants than anticipated. In fact, along with Indigenous Peoples, the centre has served all age ranges; those who are multi-barriered; those who have social and cognitive disabilities; and many highly skilled workers recently out of work.

Impact Award: The Online Course Development team

The Online Course Development teamTeam members: Leslie Sayer, Sunita D’souza, Robert Lawson, Damian Finlay, Andrew Jevne, Sarah Bailey, Bonnie Nicholas, Rozita Amini, Jing Cui

The Prep for Online Learning course helps learners build digital literacy skills, online learning strategies, and online learning vocabulary that are crucial to using Moodle. The course develops learner skills required to access the online courses for which they are enrolled. In addition, Prep for Online Learning provides learners with opportunities to practice and complete tasks or assignments using skills that will be required to participate in online courses. Since its launch in October 2016, three programs in the college have directly benefitted from the course.

Inclusion Award: Sarah Apedaile

Sarah ApedaileSarah (pictured at far right of photo) promotes inclusion to all levels of the college. She has developed and leads the Inclusive Culture Series for NorQuest employees and is the lead organizer of Inclusion Fusion. Sarah has also developed and leads the Inclusive Culture Workshop for Leaders Series where participants develop intercultural knowledge, skills, and awareness. She is also leading the development of an Inclusion Strategy for NorQuest College. Sarah proposed and led NorQuest's first Community Dialogue on Inclusion - Holding Space for New Understanding. This unique one-day event held in November 2015 gave students, employees, and others the chance to engage in a dialogue to increase our individual and collective capacity for inclusion at the college and beyond.

Research Award: Robert (Bob) Marvin

Robert (Bob) MarvinWorking with Alberta Mental Health and The Students' Association, Bob brought the Loneliness Survey to NorQuest College. This project gives students research experience that prepares them for future studies and employment. Students begin to understand the issues and presentation of loneliness. The research also provided the needed data to garner $90,000 in funding for mental health initiatives at the Student Association.

Anna De Luca travel bursary for research

In addition to winning the Q award for Research, Bob was also chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Anna De Luca travel bursary for research.

2016

Leadership Award: Ewa Dufrat

Ewa DufratAs 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

Brenda MeinFaculty 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

Business Development UnitFire 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

Jody WadsworthCustomer 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 programDay 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.

2015

Leadership Award: Nicole Patrie

Leadership Award: Nicole PatrieThe 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

Lifelong Learner Award: Tracy SheloffThe 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.Innovation Award: NorQuest Virtual Open House Implementation Team

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.Customer Service Award: Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators Conference Team

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

Impact Award: Michele DeisThe 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

Impact Award: Faculty of Health and Community Studies Clinical Placement TeamThe 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).

2014

Leadership Award: Ewa Dufrat

Leadership Award: Ewa DufratEwa 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

Lifelong Learner Award: Lisa RochmanLisa 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

Innovation Award: Literacy and Essential Skills Pathways Development TeamThe 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

Impact Award: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada TeamThe 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

Customer Service Award: Marg BonertzMarg 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.

2013

Impact Award

Impact AwardThe 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).

Leadership Award

Leadership AwardThe 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. 

Innovation Award

Innovation AwardNorQuest 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

Lifelong Learner Award - Bruce FauntBruce 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

Customer Service Award - Mark GlassMark 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.