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ACCC 2013 Staff Excellence Award Recognizes Collaboration & Fearless Innovation at Fanshawe College

Penticton, BC, June 3, 2013 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) today honoured Fanshawe College’s Resource Planning Department Scheduling Officer, Lisa Dennis, with its 2013 Gold Award for Staff Excellence.  

“Senior management and co-workers agree that Lisa’s natural leadership abilities, strong collaborative spirit, and fearless innovative approach have made her an invaluable asset to the college and a key factor in improving the Fanshawe student experience,” said ACCC President and CEO James Knight.

Accustomed to working on high profile products, Lisa is best known for her exemplary efforts to modernize the college’s timetabling process, and maximizing Fanshawe’s limited space on-campus. The new process also offered students more flexible and logical schedules.

The Silver Staff Excellence Award was presented to Tim Siemens, Residence Life Coordinator at Red Deer College. Tim has participated in a variety of committees, campus task forces and was a key participant in developing the institution’s next five-year strategic vision. The Bronze award recognized Alison West-Armstrong, Disabilities Counselor at Algonquin College, in Ontario. Alison goes beyond her 9-to-5 role at the college and juggles a diverse caseload of students. She developed and implemented an online video tutorial to help Algonquin teachers better understand mental health issues.

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