The outstanding contributions of Trent faculty, staff and retirees were celebrated during the University’s annual Heart of Trent employee appreciation event, in ceremonies at both campuses on May 11, 2022.
“With a return to in-person life and learning, our faculty and staff have been integral in continuing life and learning on campus, and supporting our students through the challenges associated with the pandemic,” says Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor. “Our annual Heart of Trent event is an opportunity to recognize each of our valuable employees, especially our esteemed award winners, long-serving employees and those moving on to retirement.”
At the event, the University announced and celebrated the 2021/22 winners in several esteemed award categories – Team Innovation, Community Leadership, Eminent Service, Provost Award for Support Staff, the Nancy E. Simmons Smith Staff Award of Excellence, and the new Research Impact Award. Trent also recognized its long-serving employees and retirees as vital members of the Trent community.
A full list of award winners is included below:
Provost’s Award for Support Staff: Awarded annually to a member of the support staff who plays an important role in student engagement and retention, and who makes a difference through their performance at Trent.
Award Recipient: Chris Nelan, Coordinator, Student Life at Trent University Durham GTA
Nancy E. Simmons Smith Staff Award of Excellence: Recognizes non-academic staff members who demonstrate excellence and exceptional commitment to Trent.
Award Recipient: Kevin Whitmore, Director of Careerspace
Team Innovation Award: Recognizes a team, unit or department at Trent University whose innovative contributions have impacted the strategic objectives of the University.
Award Recipients: COVID-19 Case Management Team
Trent Community Leadership Award: Recognizes faculty and staff who make exceptional contributions to the local community in Peterborough or Durham regions.
Award Recipient: Marcus Harvey, Executive Director, Trent University Faculty Association
Eminent Service Awards: Recognizes individuals distinguished by a track record of outstanding contributions to University life that go beyond the performance of their job or role, awarded at the culmination of their careers at Trent.
Award Recipients: Robert Clarke, Head Librarian, Wayne Craft, Manager of Environmental Services, Dr. Margaret Steffler, Professor of English Literature
Trent University Research Impact Award: Honours Trent researchers or research teams stewarding original and impactful research that has contributed significantly to society on a local, regional, national or international scale.
Award Recipients: Dr. Huy Dang, Assistant Professor of the Trent School of the Environment and Chemistry, and the ENIGMA Lab
Award Recipients: Stephen Bocking, James (Jim) Buttle, Robert Clarke, Carolyn Kapron, Margaret Steffler, Peter LaFleur, Jean Luyben, Barbara Marshall, Marisa Scigliano, Tom Whillans
2022 Long Service Awards
25 years: Kenzu Abdella, Linda Cardwell, Darrell Clark, Mark Dockstator, Paul Heard, Jean Kirk, Byron Lew, Doug MacIsaac, Lorna Patterson, Elaine Scharfe, Igor Svishchev, Christine Welter, Andrzej Zalewski
30 years: Deborah Lietz, Jean Luyben, David Newhouse, Jenifer Richardson, Chris Williams
35 years: Olga Andriewsky, Mak Arvin
The following 2021/22 Trent University retirees were also honoured at the event: Dorothy Howard-Gill, Susan Robinson, Betty Carr-Braint, Myra Krieck, Charmaine Rodrick, Mira Crowe, Winnie Lem, Karen Searle, Marlene Davis, Patricia Lynch, Nancy Smith, Rosemary Devlin, Jane Mackie, Elaine Stavro, Christine Diaz, Bonnie MacKinnon, Brad Stewart, Mark Dumoulin, Joan Mann, Kent Stringham, Nancy Fawcett, Chris Metcalfe, Anita Vlaar, Louise Fish, Jackie Muldoon, Carol Weafer-Lloyd, Ron Fox, Deb O’Dette, Karen Whalen, Steven Franklin, Mike O’Dette, Brenda Whetung, Lina Halstead, John Okonski
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
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