Student success at Selkirk College is not achieved in isolation and four individuals who have helped bolster outcomes are being recognized for their guidance on the learning journey.

The college’s Board of Governors held its annual awards luncheon on the day after Convocation 2023 in late April to acknowledge vital contributions. This year’s recipients include an Indigenous forest sector leader, a retired psychology instructor, an alumni who is known across Canada for her academic work in youth physical activity and a Sinixt elder who has put it all on the line to get recognition for the rights of his people. Distinguished Alumni Lennard Joe, Distinguished Alumni Dr. Laurene Rehman, Distinguished Educator Monica Vogler and recipient of an Honorary Diploma in Liberal Arts Robert Watt are this year’s group of eminent recipients.

“The graduates from the Class of 2023 will contribute their knowledge, skills and training in a multitude of ways that will provide them personal fulfilment and make us proud,” says Margaret Sutherland, chair of the college’s Board of Governors. “Helping tie all of this together each spring, the awards are a way to recognize remarkable individuals who reflect the college’s core values of community, access, respect and excellence. It takes outstanding instructors, shining alumni examples and committed community supporters to empower and inspire today’s learners.”

The Board of Governors is comprised of external members who reflect the various sectors of the community served by the college and several internal members representing students, faculty, support staff and the president. Board members play an important role in college governance and are trustees of the public interest.

The four recipients now join more than two decades of Board of Governors award recipients who continue to enhance the educational journeys of students and build stronger communities.

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