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ACCC 2013 Leadership Excellence Award Recognizes Knowledge, Competence and Grace at Olds College

Penticton, BC, June 3, 2013 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) today honoured Alberta’s Olds College Vice President of Advancement, Jordan Cleland, with its 2013 Gold Award for Leadership Excellence.  

“Jordan’s nomination demonstrated that he doesn’t just manage the people around him; he leads by working with them to define strategic goals and directions,” said ACCC President and CEO James Knight. “Jordan’s active leadership has resulted in successful fundraising, government and public relations, marketing and communications for the college.”

Jordan joined Olds College just over five years ago to take over a small team. His efforts achieved success quickly. Over the last three years, Mr. Cleland has led hundreds of faculty, staff, students and organizing teams to pull together the college’s multi-million dollar centennial celebration. His work enhanced the reputation of Olds College, nurtured new corporate partnerships, and renewed interest from donors and alumni.

The Silver Award for Leadership was presented to Austin Clement, Manager of the Culinary and Hospitality Department at Prince Edward Island’s Holland College. Whether training aspiring chefs for the World Culinary Olympics, co-authoring an award-winning cookbook, or leading a team preparing food for a royal visit, Austin’s passion and commitment are steadfast. The Bronze award recognized Karen Davies, Dean of Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus, in Ontario. Dean Davies committed her heart and soul to the creation of a new campus for Algonquin College in Pembroke, which she stressed was “putting the community back into the community college system.”

ACCC’s Awards of Excellence recognize and promote excellence in Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics. The awards showcase extraordinary contributions of individuals and programs to their institutions’ success and highlight the role colleges play in social, economic and cultural development.

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics, serving 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses in 1,000 urban, rural and remote communities.


For more information:

Shawn Dearn
Director, Communications and Information Services
ACCC, Public Affairs
613-746-2222 ext. 3123