CAROLYN DELLAH IS AWARDED
THE 1998-1999 VANIER COLLEGE
TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD

In recognition of her continuous record of outstanding service and pedagogical achievement, Vanier College was pleased to announce the granting of this year's award to the popular Anthropology teacher, Carolyn Dellah.

Although the formal presentation will be made by the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Graduation in June, friends, family and colleagues celebrated this well-deserved honour at an informal reception organized by the Office of the Academic Dean and held on May 5, 1999. The event served as an opportunity for long-time colleagues as well as present and former students to relate anecdotes regarding some wonderful experiences they have shared together.

The criteria in the selection process for this award include: emphasis on exemplary teaching practices, including working with students, creativity in teaching and in its organization, and consideration of the individual's contribution to the profession, both teaching and their discipline.



PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AT THE RECEPTION

 
Academic Dean, David Johnson, who served as Master of Ceremonies at the
reception, presents Carolyn Dellah with a gift as well as his congratulations.

In her acceptance speech, Carolyn said that her teaching technique focused on
"trying to reach the hearts and minds of each student," and that this philosophy
was captured with the following quote made by an older woman who was a long-
time civil rights activist: "If you want to bring someone to where you are, you have
to go meet them and walk them back" She then added, "In our profession, this is
what we do every day. The challenge in our profession is to know where they are."


 
Next, long-time friend and colleague, Suzanne Cross addressed the crowd.
Suzanne was the person who originally nominated Carolyn for this award.


   
Sociology teacher, Shirley Pettifer (left), former student Gabriella Czaika (center) and
current student Sandra Pinto (right) spoke warmly of their experiences with Carolyn.


Shirley (left) recited an amusing poem that she had created
especially for the occasion. (click here to read the entire poem)


Paul Hedlin related anecdotes that were both whimsical and poignant, mainly
relating to experiences that he had with Carolyn on field trips they had both
taken with their students. (Click here to read excerpts of Paul's remarks)


The event concluded with a light buffet for all in attendance. A special thank you goes out to
Wanda Kalina, who organized the reception with the help of Kay Spooner and Joanne Ellis.

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