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Algonquin College Staff Wins National Award for Excellence

Ottawa, ON, May 26, 2014 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is pleased to recognize Diane Banks, Faculty Marketing Officer at Algonquin’s Faculty of Arts, Media and Design, with its 2014 Gold Staff Excellence Award. This award honours individual staff members who have made exceptional contributions within the institution and communities they serve.

Diane Banks

“Diane embodies our core College values of Caring, Learning, Integrity, and Respect in everything she does,” said Dr. Kent MacDonald, President of Algonquin College. “Her team-player mentality and strong work ethic are strong assets for our College, and in particular for the students and employees of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design. On behalf of the College, I would like to thank Diane for her continued service to our community.”

Diane Banks is credited for revitalizing the way Algonquin’s Faculty of Arts, Media and Design connects with the Algonquin community and for creating new models of outreach and promotion for her school. Many of her innovations are transferable across Algonquin College, including significant improvements in how students are linked to prospective employers. Always a team player, Diane has also been instrumental in establishing a more unified approach to marketing communications across all of the School’s programs.

“College employees play a key role in the learning process and their professional experience enriches the learning of our students,” said ACCC President and CEO, Denise Amyot. Through involvement in the college community, employees support professors to create new opportunities for students to develop their skills and network with potential employers.”

ACCC also recognizes two other Canadian college staff members for their distinguished services. Mede Ovbiagele, the Community Outreach Coordinator at Centennial College wins the Silver Staff Excellence Award for his work with the award-winning Helping Youth Pursue Education (HYPE) program. Ovbiagele has had great success working with youth at risk, particularly those from under-served neighbourhoods, and encouraging them to enter post-secondary programs at the college.

The Bronze Staff Excellence Award goes to Colin Hill, Dining Room Service Technician at Fanshawe College’s School of Tourism and Hospitality. Hill’s commitment and enthusiasm is remarkable and he has played the role of mentor for countless students.

ACCC, soon to be known as Colleges and Institutes Canada, is the national and international voice of 95 per cent of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. ACCC operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world.

The mission of Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is to transform hopes and dreams into skills and knowledge, leading to lifelong career success. Algonquin College does this by offering hands-on, digitally connected applied learning in over 185 programs. Based in Canada’s capital, the Ottawa Valley, and Saudi Arabia, Algonquin College is the largest polytechnic institute in Eastern Ontario with 20,000 full-time and 43,000 part-time and online registrants.

For more information contact:
Shawn Dearn

Director of Communications, ACCC
613-746-2222 Ext. 3123
Twitter: @CollegeCan