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November 14, 2001 1:23 PM

Conestoga Recognizes Employee Service and Effort

Each November, Conestoga College recognizes and thanks long-serving employees for their dedication, as well as presenting a number of Employee Recognition Awards to employees who have given outstanding effort to students and colleagues.

Honoured this year were 10-year, 15-year, 20-year, 25-year and 30-year full-time employees, as well as employees who retired during 2001. Next year, Conestoga’s 35th year of operation, will see the first group of 35-year employees recognized.

The most senior employees honoured were:30 years of service -- Bruce Bjorkquist, School of Academic
Support and Preparatory Studies; Barbara Cowan, Learning Resource Centre; Larry Rechsteiner, College Planning and International Education Department; and Peter Straka, School of Engineering Technology.25 years of service -- Carol Dolezsar, Materiel Services Department; Sharon Kalbfleisch, School of Health Sciences and Community Services; Beverly Lang, Academic Administration Office (Doon); Ron Morgan, School of Academic Support and Preparatory Studies; and Marilew Smart, Registrar’s Office.

In addition, Board of Governors Chair Dennis Watson and President John Tibbits recognized 16 employees with 20 years of service, 27 employees with 15 years of service and 21 employees with 10 years of service. Currently, the College has a full-time staff complement of 553.

Employee Recognition Awards went to:Geoff Johnstone (Student Life category) -- Johnstone is a professor in the School of Academic Support and Preparatory Studies. He has been at Conestoga since 1970 and has served for 30 years as soccer head coach. He was singled out for his strong commitment in imparting
academic and life skills to his students and student-athletes.Alice Kerr (Customer Service category) -- An employee since 1984, Kerr has made her mark in the Student Services Office at the Waterloo campus for her caring, helpful attitude and her strong sense of ownership for the quality of student life at the campus.
Jackie O’Brien (Customer Service category) -- As receptionist at the Registrar’s Office, O’Brien handles her busy duties by dealing with a wide variety of students and general public inquiries in a confident, relaxed and friendly manner. She has been with the College since 1994.Eric Schueler (Customer Service category) -- A computer programmer/analyst who has been at Conestoga since 1997, Schueler has earned a reputation for providing a high level of service to employees and students in connection with his duties in theInformation Technology Services Department. He specifically developed expertise regarding Macintosh computers, the better to service the Mac-based Graphic Design program, which has developed a national
and international record of achievement.Marlene Zister (Innovation category) -- A Nursing professor since1985, Zister took the leadership role in planning and organizing the first-ever regional nursing symposium held at Conestoga. The June 2001 event attracted more than 100 participants from the health care, community service and educational sectors. Zister engaged in organizing the event while maintaining her full-time teaching duties.


CONTACT: John Sawicki, 519-748-5220, ext. 3336 < jsawicki@conestogac.on.ca >

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