Former Fanshawe College VP Receives Prestigious Award

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Former Fanshawe College VP Receives Prestigious Award

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

McGuinty Government Celebrates Lifetime Achievement
TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ -
NEWS
Joy Warkentin, former Senior Vice-President, Academic of Fanshawe College is being awarded the fifth annual Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to Ontario's college system.
During her 40-year career, Warkentin established an outstanding record of leadership in Ontario and across Canada while advancing her college, the community and the Ontario college system. In addition to her work in the college system, as a former nurse, nursing teacher, and Chair of Health Sciences at Confederation College, she developed a reputation for having key insight into Ontario's health care system.
Warkentin retired from Fanshawe College in the fall of 2008.
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QUOTES
"Joy has made an enormous difference to our college system and to her students. She has helped prepare us for the future and the dedication she has shown to her students and colleagues will always be appreciated," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).
QUICK FACTS
- Over 90 per cent of graduates of Ontario's 24 colleges
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/list/college.html) are
employed within six months of graduating.
- Over 150,000 students are enrolled full-time at Ontario colleges.
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BACKGROUNDER
MINISTER'S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
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In 2005, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities created the Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award to be given every year to one outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to Ontario's college system throughout their career.
The award recognizes the contribution Ontario's colleges (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/students/caat.html) make to the lives of students, to the communities they serve and to the economic development of our province. It is awarded each year to truly outstanding leaders in the college community - either current or retired Chief Executive Officers or senior officers who have made an enduring difference.
The recipient is selected by the annual Colleges Ontario (http://www.collegesontario.org/) Leadership Awards selection committee, composed of representatives from the government, colleges and students.
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Criteria for selecting recipients
To receive a Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award, a recipient must have:
- Demonstrated exceptional leadership over a significant period of time
- Exemplified collegiality, working with other colleges and learning
institutions, with their local communities and with students
- Contributed to the advancement of the social and economic development
of Ontario
- Displayed a wisdom and depth of leadership that has made a
significant difference locally and provincially, and
- Promoted excellence within their own college, Ontario's college
system and within postsecondary education in Ontario.
Past recipients
This year's recipient, Joy Warkentin, joins an elite list of leaders of Ontario's college system, including:
2008 Dr. Robert A. Gordon, former President of Humber College
2007 Dr. Gary Polonsky, former President of Durham College
2006 Dr. Brian Desbiens, former President of Fleming College
2005 Dr. Richard Hook, Vice President Emeritus of Humber College, and
Dr. Richard Johnston, former President of Centennial College
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BACKGROUNDER
JOY WARKENTIN 2009 MINISTER'S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER
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In a career that spanned over 40 years, Joy Warkentin established an outstanding record of influence and leadership in Ontario and across Canada.
Her academic background includes a Registered Nurse Diploma, a Diploma in Teaching and Supervision in Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education.
She has been a leader for four decades. Her influence has been felt across Ontario and ultimately across Canada through her participation in many local, provincial, and national initiatives aimed at improving college education and the college system.
Warkentin has also helped to improve our heath care system. As a former nurse, nursing teacher, and Chair of Health Sciences at Confederation College, she developed a reputation for having key insight into Ontario's health care system.
She has brought her expertise and insight to numerous professional and community services including:
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- Board Member, Children's Aid Society London and Middlesex
- Board Chair, Canadian Technology Human Resources Board
- Member, Premier's Council Board
- Chair, Health Restructuring Committee Premier's Council
- Member, Premier's Council on Health, Wellness and Social Justice
- Chair, Task Force on Review of Hospital Services
- Chair, Association of District Health Councils of Ontario
- Board Member, AIDS Committee of London
- Board Member, The Ontario Council
- Chair, Academic Managers' Group
- Faculty Member, VP National Executive Leadership Institute
- Chair, Academic Bargaining Team
- Member, Fanshawe Capital Campaign Steering Committee
- Co-Chair, Coordinating Committee of Vice-Presidents, Academic
Warkentin is a regular presenter on topics related to leadership and curriculum excellence at conferences sponsored by organizations including Colleges Ontario, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, and others. She is also very much in demand as a mentor.
Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, 416-326-5748
Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, 416-325-2746
Public Inquiries, 416-325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514
TTY 1-800-263-2892
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For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746