A long-time college employee received national recognition last night in Quebec City during the Governance and President’s Office Professionals (GPOP) sessions at the annual conference held by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).
Dianne Marcellus-Kerr, the college’s board and external relations coordinator and former executive assistant to the President and board of governors, received the GPOP Professional Achievement Award. This award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the realm of higher education or who have achieved professional success due, in part, to their experiences as a governance or president’s office professional.
“From her work experience to her innovations in the workplace to her talent for building relationships and nurturing connections, Dianne has made Lethbridge College and the work of the Board of Governors and President’s Offices more effective and more efficient, all with good humour and great grace,” wrote Board of Governors Chair Randy Jespersen in his nomination letter – one of 15 letters submitted in support of Marcellus-Kerr’s nomination.
Marcellus-Kerr is an honours alumnus of Lethbridge College, graduating in 1980 from the Secretarial Science program. She started her professional post-secondary career at Lethbridge College in 1982 in the steno/typist pool and within six months, she was named acting secretary to the vice president of administration. She has spent more than 30 years working with senior leaders at Lethbridge College, Camosun College in Victoria, B.C., and the Banff Centre, including working with a variety of presidents, vice presidents, boards of governors, deans and directors.
In March 2008, Marcellus-Kerr was named executive assistant to the President and board at Lethbridge College. During her time in this position, she led a process improvement initiative, and with the help of team members, modernized the executive leadership office and its systems, established best practices, played a key role in external relations and helped the department embrace a forward-thinking adoption of technology, including the implementation of a secured board website. Lethbridge College was among the first wave of post-secondary institutions in Canada and one of the very first in the province to do this.
“I have been very fortunate to work with many amazing people from all walks of life and have learned so much from so many,” says Marcellus-Kerr. “The profession I find myself in has evolved over the years, and continues to evolve, but relationships, teamwork, lifelong learning, a strong service ethic and hard work have always been the key to success. It is the people who work with you and alongside you who help you achieve success, however big or small it may be.”
CICan is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. The association works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada.