INFORMAL RECEPTION FOR THIS YEAR'S WINNER, SUE HARRISON
Friends and colleagues of Sue Harrison attended a reception in her honour to acknowledge her achievement in being selected as the winner of this year's Vanier College Teaching Excellence Award. The official presentation of the award will take place at this year's Graduation Ceremonies to be held at Salle Claude Champagne on June 14th.
As witnessed by the heartfelt testimony of two of her students and five of her colleagues, Sue Harrison has a long history of going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to living up to Vanier's tradition of "Excellence in Education". A fixture of the French Department, Sue has been instrumental in the establishment as well as the recent modernization of the department's renowned CLÉO lab.
All of us who know Sue and
can attest to her personal warmth as well as her impeccable professionalism
offer her our congratulations.
Vanier Academic Dean David Johnson welcomes the crowd
and gives a brief history of the teaching Excellence Award
Sue Harrison's departmental dean Fran Davis regaled the crowd
with some amusing anecdotes concerning her friendship with Sue
French teacher Odette Melançon paid tribute to her colleague
by highlighting just some of Sue's many achievements
Marcel Perez, longtime French teacher and friend of Sue Harrison
recounted how when he hired Sue, she was recommended to
him by a colleague who referred to Sue as "un vrai phénomène!"
A large number of supporters and well-wishers were on hand to honour Sue
Two of Sue's students eloquently paid tribute to their teacher
by speaking on the impact she had in their academic pursuits
Academic Dean David Johnson closed proceedings with the presentation
of a gift to Sue and then invited all present to partake in a small buffet
Two photos of some of the various well-wishers who attended the event
Sue (right) mingles with her guests at the buffet
In a unique photo opportunity, our intrepid photographer was able to take a picture of Sue with
no fewer than six past winners of the Teaching Excellence Award. Shown with Sue are: (from left)
Fran Davis, Mike Cowan, Nancy Wargny, Helena Dedic, Carolyn Dellah, Marcel Perez
Longtime colleagues: technician Mayer Romaner and French teacher Marie Laberge
With her old friend from the Snowdon campus, Paul Langdon
Sue was happy to have her extended family attend the ceremony as well
Thanks go to Wanda Kalina of the Academic Dean's office for organizing the event.
P.S. Don't miss the official presentation at the Graduation Ceremonies, June 14th at
Salle Claude Champagne. Congratulations, Sue. It couldn't happen to a nicer girl!