Four Arts and Sciences Faculty/Staff Members Receive Awards of Excellence

Date posted: 
Fri, 11/02/2018

On Thursday, October 18, Red Deer College celebrated the achievements and milestones of faculty and staff at the 2018 RDC Recognition Awards. 

A highlight of the evening included the presentation of the Awards of Excellence to deserving recipients. The annual award provides a formal recognition for the extraordinary contribution employees have on the success of RDC through support of learning, community involvement, innovation, service provision, academic scholarship or teaching. All College employees are eligible, and the award is given for contributions outside of an employee’s specific job expectations and those that leave a lasting legacy in the College, community or in the employee’s field of expertise.

Four individuals received this special honour:

Dr. Choon-Lee Chai (pictured far right) is a Sociology Instructor in the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Chai actively pursues scholarly activities, and he has been awarded the RDC Recognition of Scholarly Activity Award twice. Dr. Chai is very active in the Red Deer community, and as a teacher, he enthusiastically engages students in community-based projects, providing students with real-life learning experiences. He recently led and completed a Photovoice partnership research project with the Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association. The project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to study settlement experiences of immigrant women; it was selected and featured by Colleges and Institutes Canada at the annual Student Innovation Showcase exhibit at Parliament Hill in February 2018.

Joseph Fittes (pictured far left), is the Advising and Recruiting Specialist for the School of Arts and Sciences. Joseph has been an employee of Red Deer College for 13 years, and during this time, he has worked in many departments, though primarily on the “front lines” working directly with students and assisting them in meeting their educational goals. Over the past year, Joseph played a crucial part in implementing the new Justice Studies Diploma, as well as the University of Calgary Bachelor of Science Psychology collaborative degree. Joseph is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Adrienne Orr (pictured centre right), a Communications Instructor, and Sarah Hunt (pictured centre left), Program Assistant for the School of Arts and Sciences, were nominated together. Adrienne joined Red Deer College in 2013 where she taught in the Communications and English Programs. Adrienne was instrumental in the 2018 Agora Student Conference, as well as the Agora and Student Writer Awards Journals. Adrienne is wholeheartedly dedicated to supporting and recognizing student work, and during her role as the Agora Editor-in-Chief this past year, she oversaw the publication of nearly 600 pages of writing from over 60 different student authors.

Sarah joined RDC in 2014 and worked as an Administrative Assistant in Student Services before moving into her current role as the Program Assistant for the Humanities, Social Sciences, Media Studies & Professional Communication, and Social Work departments. As a Program Assistant, Sarah supports the Dean’s Office, dozens of faculty, and countless students. She played a vital role in orchestrating major aspects of RDC’s 2018 Agora Student Conference.

Congratuations to this year's winners!