News and notes


Burns named to city and national organizations

Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns has been appointed to two important new roles. In March, she was named the Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) board chair for the 2016 term, and in June, she was elected to the national Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) board of directors. Burns says she is looking forward to leading the EDL board with the same spirit of partnership and collaboration that is the foundation for this organization and the community. She added that Lethbridge College has established strong relationships with local industry and this role will help the college stay even more connected to the business community. As a member of CICan board, Dr. Burns will sit as an Alberta representative on the 16-person board. CICan is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics, and Dr. Burns’ election will help advance Lethbridge College’s profile among the country’s post-secondary education community.


Nursing educator honoured

Janet Lapins, a Clinical Nursing instructor here at Lethbridge College, is one of 100 nurses to receive a Centennial Award from the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta as the organization celebrates its 100th year. Lapins played a key role in establishing the Chinook Primary Care Network and served as director of Chinook’s health information and outcomes department. Lapins has now returned to the bedside, teaching and mentoring nursing students here at the college.


Williams named winner of 2016 Troy Reeb Internship

Meagan Williams, a 2016 Digital Communications and Media graduate, was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Troy Reeb Internship for its Digital Communications and Media program. Williams worked alongside the best in the business in Toronto and Ottawa for ten days in April. Troy Reeb, a 1988 Broadcast Journalist alumnus, is senior vice president of news, radio and station operations at Corus Entertainment. While on the internship, Williams spent time with the Ottawa news team as they covered Parliament Hill, the investigative news magazine 16×9, the national Morning Show and in the excitement of big city daily news at Global Toronto. Williams is the eleventh Lethbridge College student to take advantage of this unique internship opportunity. Past winners include 2014 grad Taylor Oseen, who now works at CTV Lethbridge, and 2009 grad Quinn Ohler, who now works at Global Edmonton.


Marcellus-Kerr wins award

Dianne Marcellus-Kerr (Secretarial Science 1980), the college’s board and external relations coordinator and former executive assistant to the president and board of governors, received the Governance and President’s Office Professionals Professional Achievement Award in June at the annual conference held by Colleges and Institutes Canada in Quebec City. This award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the realm of higher education or who have achieved professional success due, in part, to their experiences as a governance or president’s office professional. In March 2008, Marcellus-Kerr was named executive assistant to the President and board at Lethbridge College. During her time in this position, she led a process improvement initiative, and with the help of team members, modernized the executive leadership office and its systems, established best practices, played a key role in external relations and helped the department embrace a forward-thinking adoption of technology.

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