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ACCC 2013 Teaching Excellence Award Recognizes Olds College Innovator

Penticton, BC, June 3, 2013 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) today honoured Olds College Instructor, Gordon Gilchrist, with its 2013 Gold Award for Teaching Excellence.  

Gordon is an award-winning faculty member who has been a technology application innovator since starting with Olds College in 1996. He successfully implemented new learning methods in several programs, and modernized learning spaces to encourage team-based learning. Long before YouTube, Gordon used early screen and voice capture software to create more than 50 videos specific to his course.  Last fall, Gordon was named to a pilot Faculty Technology Mentor position to help instructors with the use of technology in the classroom.

“By identifying and including top industry-trends into assignments and spearheading technological innovations on campus, Gordon is an example of how colleges provide the advanced skills students need for great careers,” said ACCC President and CEO James Knight.

The Silver Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Chet Singh, of Centennial College. In 2011, his inclusive approach to education and outstanding course ratings earned him the Wicken Award from students, as well as the college’s Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. This year he received the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College.

The Bronze award recognized Peter Olynyk, a professor teaching structural design to architectural and civil engineering technology students in Mohawk College’s School of Engineering Technology. For 15 years Peter has helped organize the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair, one of the largest of its kind in Canada. Recently he volunteered as a teacher of woodworking skills for inner city youth at a community resource centre.

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