A Celebration of Employee Dedication at Selkirk College

Annual Employment & Retirement Dinner Held on Castlegar Campus


Selkirk College recently celebrated the milestones and achievements of the dedicated employees who enrich our place of work every day.

Hosted by the Selkirk College Human Resources Department on May 24, this year’s annual dinner at the Staff Lounge on the Castlegar Campus was one of the largest in recent memory.

“Tonight’s gathering is wonderful opportunity to hear stories of people’s commitment to their careers,” says President Angus Graeme. “Every day at Selkirk College, we join in a collective effort to support the transformation of students through education. The passion and care for students, each other and our place is a powerful force that we all share working here at Selkirk.”

Employment Recognition and Retirement Years of Service

This year’s National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award winners are TESOL’s Darcy Falkenhagen and Julie-Claire Hamilton, Trades Instructor. Established in 1991, the NISOD awards shine a light on faculty who demonstrate an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.

The first ever Sustainability Award was given to Facilities & Maintenance’s Mike Giesler who worked on Selkirk College projects such as bringing bioswales to the parking lot and outdoor lighting to the Castlegar Campus.

Years of Service were recognized:

30 Years of Service – Melanie Perepolkin

25 Years of Service – Tiana Popoff, Linda Harwood, Paula Vaananen, and Jennifer Cliff-Marks

20 Years of Service – Randy Janzen, Erna McCall, Nadya Sofonoff, Colin Makeiv, Jason Taylor, Ron Matthews, Tim Thurston, Tracy Punchard, Leanne Reitan, Linda Gomez, Rob Macrae, and Deborah Wandler

Employee Recognition and Retirement

Finally, the retirees were recognized for their contribution to the college with emotional speeches by colleagues and the retirees themselves.

Presentation of Retirees – Kassandra Mackelir, Donna Mackie, Harry Pringle, Dan Markin, Debbie Oslund, Deborah Wandler, John Chernenkoff, Joanne Van der Ham, Gail Potter, Denise Laurie, Pam Hackett, Gilles Parenteau, Neil Coburn, Robert Jmaiff, Jim Greene, Kay Coburn, Brenda Smith and Bob Falle

"Saying goodbye to our colleagues tonight is bitter sweet,” says Graeme. “As you are poised to say farewell, we honour your commitment and huge impact on Selkirk College. We are so grateful for your work.”

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