St. Clair College has awarded its inaugural Community Partnership Award to Bruce Krauter, Chief of the Essex-Windsor Emergency Medical Service.
The award is a new addition to the St. Clair Day awards ceremony, an annual event that recognizes outstanding service by the school's employees.
The St. Clair College Community Partnership Award is designed to recognize a community partner or organization that has made an outstanding contribution and commitment in advancing the teaching and learning environment for students at St. Clair College.
St. Clair also recognized employees who went above and beyond the call of duty over the past year.
Rebecca Demchuk, Associate Vice President, Safety, Security & Facilities Management, was awarded the Administrator Excellence Award for her diligence in leading the response on health and safety issues throughout COVID-19. She was described as someone who worked tirelessly, to ensure the safety, security, and wellbeing of the staff, students, and community stakeholders of St. Clair College.
The Team Excellence Award went to the College's IT team, for demonstrating loyalty and dependability during a crippling, worldwide pandemic.
The Faculty Excellence Award went to Elizabeth Strutt-MacLeod, Coordinator and Professor of two programs, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Social Justice & Legal Studies and Paralegal. She was described as an educator who consistently demonstrates a dedication to the program and its students, respecting student and faculty views and perspectives, experiences, and social identities.
Lesli Fitzgerald received the Support Staff Excellence Award for her work in the Registrar's Office. Fitzgerald was described as someone who has made a positive impact in her department. One of her nominators described Fitzgerald as someone who "takes a great deal of pride in providing the best service to students and staff alike."
President Patti France thanked all College employees for their dedication, teamwork, and continued commitment to excellence during the pandemic. "To say that you've gone above and beyond the call of duty during this crisis is an understatement," she said in a videotaped message. "Almost all of you, sometimes for months on end, have been working from home during the pandemic or in strangely constrained on-campus circumstances. Yet our academic quality has remained exceptional, our student services helpful and considerate as always, and our administrative functions extremely efficient."
Because of COVID protocols, the annual staff luncheon could not be held this year. The staff awards were presented individually to the winners and a videotape of the presentations can be viewed here: https://www.stclaircollege.ca/st-clair-day