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Students and staff earn local, regional, and national accolades in 2010

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Students and staff returned to the college this week after enjoying a two-week respite for the holidays. Now the momentum picks up, with most first year students entering their second semester and second year students preparing to graduate in just a few short months.

Before we get too far into 2011, I’d like to take time to recap some of the accolades and awards Holland College students and staff earned in 2010. I’ve sent out news releases on some of them, and wrote a blog entry about Graphic Design alumnus Mitch Smith’s BMO Art First! award, but there are others who have not yet been acknowledged here or on our website.

Students in the college’s Business Studies division were recognized for their achievements by two different organizations this year.

(L-R) Learning managers Cam Beck and Brenda Compton with winning students Nikki Gallant, Allison Stevenson and Daniel Martens

(L-R) Learning managers Cam Beck and Brenda Compton with winning students Nikki Gallant, Allison Stevenson and Daniel Martens

For the 14th year in a row, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty sponsored a business planning competition in which students from the college’s Business Administration and Retail Business Management students participated. By the end of the competition students have lender-ready business plans which they present in front of a committee. It’s invaluable, hands-on experience working with business people from the community.

Students Allison Stevenson, Daniel Martens, and Nikkie Gallant each won awards for their business plans. Allison’s business was a golf course renovation and construction and residential/commercial earthwork construction company, Finishscapers Construction. Dan’s proposal was for a company that could produce biodiesel products for farmers and fishermen. He’s been working in the field of bio-fuels for the past few years, and comes from a three-generation farming background. Dan sees bio-fuels as a viable alternative to fossil fuels for these struggling industries. Nikkie Gallant’s business plan focused on a career in music. She has been involved in the music industry for about 12 years, and came to Holland College to learn more about business so that she could better manage her career and merchandising.

Another group of students participated in the Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre’s Are You Smarter Than a CEO competition. This online competition has students from colleges and universities across the region developing problem-solving case studies for one of five real Atlantic Canadian companies. Three teams from the college’s Business Studies division were invited to advance to the second round of the competition: Susan Thomas, Ruby Gallagher, and Tony Gauthier; Kevin Horne, Gordon Furness, Alice Doughty, and Joanna Harrison; and Judy Lea, Rhonda Rose-Redmond, Emily MacNeil, and Chantal Gillis.

Judy, Rhonda, Emily and Chantal’s team was selected as an overall winner in the competition.

Students and staff from The Culinary Institute of Canada did not go unnoticed this year, either. Graduate Caitlin Hueser was selected to represent the Atlantic region at the Celebration of the Nation’s Table at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Caitlin just graduated this year, but so far has racked up experience at the G8 meeting in Toronto and at the British Open.

Another Culinary Arts graduate, Mandy Wingert, was selected to work in the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Beijing, China. Mandy’s no stranger to the international culinary scene, she was part of Culinary Youth Team Canada in 2008, which competed in the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. Prior to that, the team competed very successfully in Wales and Scotland. Mandy was also one of the two CIC students who brought home a fistful of medals from The Nations Cup, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2007.

 Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, the research arm of The Culinary Institute of Canada, received its fair share of accolades, too. Research and development chef Allan Williams was named Atlantic Chef of the Year, and Canada’s Smartest Kitchen received the Best Use of Technology award from the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce.
Chef Allan Williams, Research and Development Chef in Canada's Smartest Kitchen, the research arm of The Culinary Institute of Canada, and recipient of the Atlantic Chef of the Year award.

Chef Allan Williams, Research and Development Chef in Canada's Smartest Kitchen, the research arm of The Culinary Institute of Canada, and recipient of the Atlantic Chef of the Year award.

 Instructor Erroll Affleck was recognized for his volunteer work by Skills Canada at the national competition held in Quebec in May. Erroll has been a popular instructor at the college for many years—one of his former students set up an appreciation page on Facebook which has about 170 alumni as members!

Staff members Alan Dowling and Deborah Lavers were also recognized for their contributions to their community. Deborah was named Volunteer of the Year by the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island, while Alan was chosen as 2010’s Doug Riley Artist at the East Coast Music Awards. Alan is currently working on the development of the college’s new School of Performing Arts, a partnership with Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Photography and Digital Imaging students distinguished themselves on the regional level this year, winning several awards at the Professional Photographers of Atlantic Canada convention.

Practical Nursing learning manager Nancy MacFadyen was profiled as a Nurse to Know by the Canadian Nurses Association, in acknowledgement of her professionalism and compassion.

In athletics, the Holland College Hurricanes received three significant awards.

The Holland College Hurricanes were presented with the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Innovation Award. The CCAA Innovation Award is presented to a member institution that demonstrates the ability to increase or maintain athletic opportunities for students at their institution through unique and innovative programming.

The Holland College Hurricanes Football Club, after enjoying very successful inaugural season, was awarded the ADL Sports PEI/Football PEI Team of the Year and Mike O’Grady was named Administrator of the Year in recognition of his efforts this year.

Finally, the college hit two Top 50 lists this year. Holland College president Dr. Brian McMillan was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine, and the college received the honour of being named one of Aon Hewitt/Queens University’s
50 Best Small & Medium Employers.

Congratulations to all of the recipients mentioned above. It is your dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism that make Holland College not only a great post-secondary institution, but a great community as well!


Written by Sara Underwood

January 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm

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