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Excellence in engagement

Grenfell Campus recognizes its own with public engagement awards

By Melanie Callahan

The recipients of the 2016 Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Engagement Award embody the spirit of engagement through projects and activities motivated by mutual respect, mutual contribution and mutual benefit.

During Grenfell’s spring convocation ceremony May 12 in Corner Brook, Lindey Touzel was named the winner of the student award, Dr. Jacqueline Walsh was presented with the faculty award and Melanie Callahan was presented with the staff award.

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Melanie Callahan and Dr. Jacqueline Walsh during spring convocation in Corner Brook.

“The Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Engagement Awards recognize outstanding engagement accomplishments and significant contributions to the advancement of Grenfell Campus’s reputation for engagement excellence,” said Ken Carter, director, Grenfell Office of Engagement. “The award celebrates students, faculty and staff who embody the spirit of Memorial’s Engagement Framework by working on projects that benefit the individuals, the community and the university.”

Lindey Touzel

Ms. Touzel, a second-year environmental studies student, is involved in many organizations and committees on and off campus that have helped to improve the lives of both those around her and those who live far away. She is an outstanding student who has impacted the community in many positive ways. Ms. Touzel is a member of the Women’s Caucus, Environmental Affairs Committee and the Refugee Support Group. She is a mentor to an international student and is part of the Grenfell Clothing Library, a student-led initiative to break down the barriers students face as they enter the world of employment.

Dr. Jacqueline Walsh

Dr. Walsh is an assistant professor in Grenfell’s business program, but her commitment to Grenfell Campus far exceeds the expected duties of a faculty member. Dr. Walsh is an active faculty member engaged in various formal and informal projects and initiatives, such as GO Engagement and the Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre. Moreover, Dr. Walsh was instrumental in the development of two major business program articulation agreements between Grenfell and the College of the North Atlantic. She works tirelessly to encourage students and her colleagues to engage with each other and with the community.

Melanie Callahan

Through her position as a communications advisor, Ms. Callahan is a conduit for university-community relations by definition. Ms. Callahan is described as a true communicator in everything she does: listening, understanding and sharing, all the while being sympathetic to the objectives, needs and sensitivities of the people she serves. Through her professional experience, she channels engagement, making a real difference in the way Grenfell Campus is regarded in the community. This year Ms. Callahan demonstrated excellence in engagement through her involvement with and dedication to the Special Olympics, which held the 2016 Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook in March.

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