OCUFA Awards of Distinction honour Ontario academic community members

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TORONTO, October 26, 2022 – The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) is pleased to recognize twelve members of Ontario’s academic community who have been recognized for their teaching, librarianship, journalism, scholarship, and service to their faculty associations as recipients of the 2021-2022 OCUFA Awards of Distinction.

“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:

  • Tahmeed Shafiq and Jadine Ngan

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:

  • Dr. Larry Savage, Chief Negotiator, Brock University Faculty Association

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 will be presented at the 2021-2022 OCUFA Awards of Distinction Gala at the Marriott Toronto City Centre Hotel on Saturday, October 29, and marks the first time in two years that OCUFA awards will be presented in person. Full citations of each award are now available on the OCUFA website, and videos featuring the full citations and statements from award recipients will be posted soon. Visit: https://ocufa.on.ca/ocufa-awards/

“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.”

Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 faculty, academic librarians, and other academic professionals in 31 member organizations across Ontario. It is committed to enhancing the quality of higher education in Ontario and recognizing the outstanding contributions of its members towards creating a world-class university system. For more information, please visit the OCUFA website at www.ocufa.on.ca.


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