Pioneer Educator Receives Recognition

Craig Andrews Awarded the Honour of Distinguished Educator


Life changed for Craig Andrews when he landed a job teaching History at Selkirk College in 1968. And for the 31 years that followed, the innovative and energetic educator made an impact that helped change the lives of all the people he touched.

At the Selkirk College Graduation 2016 Ceremony on April 22, Andrews was honoured for his tireless work with students, colleagues and communities across the region when he received the Distinguished Educator award.  

Craig Andrews Distinguished Educator

Over a 31-year career, retired Selkirk College instructor/administrator Craig Andrews made a significant impact on post-secondary learning in the West Kootenay-Boundary. At the Graduation 2016 Ceremony on April 22 at the Castlegar Campus, Andrews was given the honour of Distinguished Educator. Andrews (middle right) is pictured here with Selkirk College President Angus Graeme (left), Selkirk College Board of Governors Vice Chair Danica Lee (middle left) and Selkirk College Vice President of Education & Students Neil Coburn (right).

“The opportunity I got to be at Selkirk College was the biggest moment of my career because everything flowed from there,” Andrews says. “I’m a hugely lucky man to have had an opportunity to work at such a place.”

And Selkirk College was hugely lucky to have Andrews’ passion for post-secondary education over a diverse three-decade career.

“Craig welcomed and respected students, recognized their challenges and achievements, engaged and empowered them, and appreciated their contributions to the college,” wrote nominators Denise Chernoff, Carol Andrews and John Armstrong. “An educator of educators, Craig always empowered others, creating opportunities for his teams to learn and in doing so, laid the foundations for the future.”

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