Reflections on Selkirks 2013 Employees

Employee Recognition Dinner for Employees


There was a distinct feeling of gratitude at the Castlegar Campus on Thursday evening of May 16th at the 2013 Employee Recognition Dinner, as several Selkirk College employees were appreciated for their contributions and years of dedicated service to the college.  As employees, retirees, friends and family celebrated with a glass of champagne and an array of appies, common threads of conversation included phrases such as “I love this event” or “this is my favourite event of the year!” 

Selkirk's Employee Recognition Event

Selkirk’s Employee Recognition event has been an annual celebratory dinner set to recognize our retirees , those who have provided 20, 25, 30 or 35 milestone years of dedicated service, and is also set to acknowledge Selkirk’s NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence Award recipients – those being acknowledged for excellence in teaching and leadership in higher education.   A touching moment came at this year’s dinner when NISOD recipient Rosemary Enefer, Instructional Assistant  at the Food Services Program, Trail Campus, arrived to find a reserved table in her name.  Her guests?  A table full of proud family members who surprised her with their attendance to share in the appreciation of her accomplishments.  It was a Kodak moment.


After a scrumptious buffet dinner, President Angus Graeme began the program by reminding us that “our college is ‘people focussed’ and that’s what makes us successful.”  He shared several stories about “how cool this place is”.  His stories reminded us of the strong almost familial-like thread that bind us.  These stories were just a sampling of many moments, experiences and journeys in everyone’s journey at Selkirk, which we were able to glimpse from a few of our retirees at the event. 

In an emotional thank-you, Stephanie Zaytsoff, Purchaser for Selkirk College and upcoming retiree, expressed her gratitude for being able to grow together with Selkirk College; Ruth Dubois shared that she was always so proud to say that she is an instructor at Selkirk College; Chris Faint was honoured by a speech written by former long-time Director, Craig Andrews, who made the effort to do so despite recovering from surgery; and Barry Auliffe was able to share, that of the three employers that he’s retired from, retiring from Selkirk College was the toughest due to the bonds forged and the pride in the fact that it was work done in the service of Selkirk College.

Gratitudes Expressed by Retirees

Through their expressions of gratitude we begin to understand that it’s the underlying pride that has fuelled much of the day to day excellence of Selkirk College.   And as we are reminded of the impact that Selkirk employees make within our communities and the college, we can appreciate the significance the college represents to the students, and the community.

20 Years

  • Cliff-Marks, Jennifer
  • Harwood, Linda
  • Popoff, Tyanna
  • Vaananen, Paula
  • Williams, Rita

25 Years

  • Areshenkoff, Linda
  • Kalmakov, Luba
  • Kinakin, Joleen
  • Perepolkin, Melanie
  • Read, Laurie
  • Wilkinson, Myler

35 Years

  • Roberts, Marilyn
  • NISOD Recipients
  • Ray Brock
  • Rosemary Enefer
  • Fiona Matthews
  • Nella Mitchell
  • Cheryl Morassut
  • Deb Scheidel
  • Kerry Young


  • Stefanie Zaytsoff, PPWC
  • Trish Harrison, BCGEU
  • Paul Fazzino, PPWC
  • Chris Faint, Exempt
  • Christine Elias, PPWC
  • Katie Makortoff, PPWC
  • Ruth Dubois, SCFA
  • Mitch Regiec, BCGEU
  • Glenn Mitchell, SCFA
  • Peter Sherstobitoff, PPWC
  • Barry Auliffe, Exempt


For more information contact our Administrative Assistant-Recruitment Pam Mosby.