Distinguished Educator Changes Lives in Upgrading

Wendy Tagami to be Honoured at Selkirk College Grad 2018


You don’t have to scratch too deep to figure out what fueled Wendy Tagami’s energy to teach Adult Basic Education (ABE) during a stellar 36-year career at Selkirk College.

“It wasn’t a job to me, it was a passion and chance to help people,” says Tagami, who retired from teaching in 2016. “I loved the students, they are the ones who made the job so easy. There were frustrating days and not every day was perfect, but every time a student came in to say thank-you or passed a test and gave me a hug… that was the reward.”

Wendy Tagami

Retired Selkirk College instructor Wendy Tagami spent an amazing 36-year career in the Adult Basic Education Program. She will be recognized at the Selkirk College Grad 2018 ceremony on April 28 as this year’s Distinguished Educator.

In recognition of a career that had an impact on the lives of thousands of learners through the ABE Program (now known as Upgrading), Tagami will be presented with the honour of Distinguished Educator at the Selkirk College Grad 2018 Ceremony being held at the Castlegar Campus on April 27.

When Selkirk College President Angus Graeme called Tagami earlier this month to inform her of the successful nomination, she was flabbergasted.

“I was in such shock, I could barely talk,” she says with a chuckle. “It’s such an honour because I know you are nominated by your peers which is very endearing to me.”

Tagami will be joined on stage at the Grad 2018 ceremony by this year’s Distinguished Alumna Sharon McNeill and Honourary Diploma in Human Services recipient Cathy Lafortune.

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