2021-2022 OCUFA Awards of Distinction Announced

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The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) recognized 12 members of Ontario’s academic community for their teaching, librarianship, journalism, scholarship, and service to their faculty associations as recipients of the 2021-2022 OCUFA Awards of Distinction last week.

“This year’s award recipients represent the breadth of experience and depth of knowledge that are required to teach, research, and serve the academic community and wider public,” said Sue Wurtele, OCUFA President. “OCUFA is honored to recognize them for their achievements.”

The recipients of the 2021-2022 OCUFA Teaching Awards are:

  • Dr. Nicole Campbell, Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry/Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Western University
  • Dr. Marylynn Steckley, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Public Affairs/Bachelor of Global and International Studies, Carleton University

The recipient of the 2021-2022 OCUFA Academic Librarianship Award is:

  • Matthew Rohweder, Liaison Librarian, Business and Economics & Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University

The recipients of the 2021-2022 OCUFA Henry Mandelbaum Graduate Fellowships for Excellence in Social Sciences, Humanities, or Arts are:

  • Jade Da Costa, PhD Student, Sociology, York University
  • Luz Paczka Giorgi, Master’s Student, Design for Health, Ontario College of Art and Design University

The recipients of the 2021-2022 OCUFA Mark Rosenfeld Fellowship in Higher Education Journalism are:

The recipient of the 2021-2022 OCUFA Equity and Social Justice Committee Award is:

  • Karen Poole, Equity, Diversity and Status of Women Committee Chair, Lakehead University Faculty Association

The recipient of the 2021-2022 OCUFA Grievance/Arbitration Award is:

  • Sheila McKee-Protopapas, Executive Director and Grievance Coordinator, Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association

The recipient of the 2021-2022 OCUFA Lorimer Collective Bargaining Award is:

The recipients of the 2021-2022 OCUFA Service Award are:

  • Dr. Fabrice Colin, President, and Dr. Linda St-Pierre, Executive Director and Chief Grievance Officer, Laurentian University Faculty Association/ L’Association des professeures et professeurs de l’Université de Laurentienne

The awards were presented at the 2021-2022 OCUFA Awards of Distinction Gala at the Marriott Toronto City Centre Hotel on Saturday, October 29, and marked the first time in two years that OCUFA awards were presented in person.

Full citations of each award and a video celebrating all the award winners are now available on the OCUFA website.

“We recognize that many of our awardees do their invaluable work in the face of adversity and resistance, and thank them for their commitment to their colleagues, students, and communities,” said Wurtele. “Some of our awards date back 50 years, but this year marks the first time we are celebrating all of our awardees together and appreciating their collective contribution to our universities, our associations, and the entire post-secondary sector.”

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