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February 5, 2023 9:19 PM

Conestoga employees honoured with awards of excellence

Two Conestoga employees were recognized for their outstanding work at the OCASA Awards of Excellence Ceremony, held January 26. OCASA, the Ontario college administrator’s network, supports Ontario’s community college administrators, while building and promoting administrative excellence for the betterment of the college system.

Sandra Schelling, executive dean, Workforce Development, Continuing Education & Online Learning, was presented with the Doug Light Career Achievement Award which pays tribute to an administrator in the Ontario college system who has significantly influenced college education throughout her/his career and has helped shape colleges on a regional, provincial or national level.

Chris Woodley, manager, Access and Education (Library & Learning Services), was honoured with the Distinguished Administrator Award which recognizes those who have demonstrated distinguished administrative performance within their college, region or sector, and contribute at a high level, but do not have a lifetime of work behind them yet.

Schelling has been a Conestoga employee for nearly 30 years. Known for her tenacity, positivity and strategic approach, Sandra’s leadership has influenced the college’s growth, its relevance in the academic sector, and its reputation as a top post-secondary institution. She has been involved in several aspects of Conestoga’s programming and services, including International Education, Corporate Training, Online learning, Continuing Education and Second Career.

Woodley has been with Conestoga for 14 years and was recently involved in the implementation of Page 1+, the library’s new cutting-edge search platform -- a collaborative effort with colleges across the province. Woodley’s strong and supportive leadership also enabled his team to successfully navigate challenges over the last few years.