College Community Welcomes New Team Members

Preparations for Semester Includes Helping Everyone Settle In


With the warmth of summer still very much in the air, the college’s Human Resources Department gathered more than 50 staff members for the first in-person New Employee Welcome since 2019.

Held on the Castlegar Campus on August 30, the event was an opportunity for staff who have joined Selkirk College within the 12 months to get an official welcome, gather information, team-build and make connections. With an enthusiastic group of veteran employees joining the festivities, it was a great day of connection.

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The most recently hired Selkirk College team members were introduced at the annual New Employee Welcome on August 30 and then gathered for the traditional group shot.

“It is pretty special to come to work in an environment with such a supportive team, I can really feel the warm embrace of the college community,” said President Maggie Matear, herself a new employee. “The positive post-secondary experience students seek starts with the people who strive for excellence. It was wonderful to see so many new and returning team members join together in preparation for the exciting months ahead.”

After a morning coffee mingle, the HR team introduced a new resource for employees that can be found on iLearn. Developed over the last few months, the Resource Guide for New Employees gets people familiar with everything from campus locations to booking a room to important college dates. Useful for both new and returning staff, you can find the guide on iLearn here.

An interactive session led by School of Human Services instructor Lisa Gates and retired instructor Jane Green dug deeper into the values and vision of Selkirk College. A buzz filled The Pit as new and returning employees enthusiastically connected over the college’s mission of building remarkable futures.

Prior to the delicious lunch prepared by the college’s Food Services team, participants headed off for activities that included a choice of forest walk, yoga, library tour or Indigenous craft. As desert was being enjoyed, all new staff were introduced and provided a welcoming gift package. A group photo was then captured to mark the occasion before sending the new arrivals off to inspiring months ahead!

Check out more photos from the day...

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Elder Donna Wright provided a beautiful welcome to all staff.

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Plenty to learn for new employees... with the assistance of veteran staff members.

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Cutting the ribbon on the fresh Resource Guide for New Employees.

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Getting to know each other was a major part of the day... it went well.

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An interactive session led by School of Human Services instructor Lisa Gates (pictured) and retired instructor Jane Green dug deep into the values and vision of Selkirk College.

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Selkirk College President Maggie Matear--herself a new employee--chats with other recent arrivals.

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Dean Tracy Punchard in action during the workshop session.

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Smiles and laughter all around!

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One of the activities for the day was a river walk with SEG Instructor Brendan Wilson.

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