An outstanding and inspiring leader, Kelly O’Brien works every single day to seamlessly integrate the business operations of the Durham College W. Galen Weston Centre for Food with academic programming. The result has been a powerful example of serving students and the community at the highest possible level. Under Kelly’s leadership, the Weston Centre business operations have enjoyed ‘best-ever’ years, three fiscals in a row. In addition, she is very active in the community, works with non-profits to support their needs, and hires dozens of students each semester, providing them with more opportunity than ever before. When not overseeing Centre operations, she teaches part-time and is part of broader academic planning and operations.
The Leadership Excellence Award for Managerial Staff recognizes an individual or a team who has made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves. The nominee or team must be currently employed by the institution and play a managerial role.