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Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 staff recognition awards

[Principal Daniel Woolf with this year's staff recognition award winners]Principal Daniel Woolf (centre) with this year's staff recognition award winners (l-r): Sharon Posadowski, Dianne Butler, Lynne Meilleur, Rick Eves, Mark Badham, Denise Cameron, Kathy Goodfriend and Elspeth Christie.

Eight staff members received a Special Recognition for Staff Award today at a celebration in Grant Hall.

The annual awards recognize staff members who consistently provide outstanding “above and beyond” contributions during their workday, directly or indirectly, to the learning and working environment at Queen’s.

“I’m delighted to share in this time of celebration as we acknowledge and pay tribute to the tremendous work of all staff here at Queen’s,” said Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf, who hosted the all-staff reception. “The dedication and initiative of our staff supports the important learning, discovering, creating, exploring and teaching that happens here every day.”

Below is a list of this year’s recipients along with excerpts from the citations that Principal Woolf delivered at the award ceremony:

Mark Badham, Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Mr. Badham has meticulously maintained and created teaching materials to support undergraduate programs in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering for the past 25 years and has also had a major impact on the wider community.

As the dedicated curator of the Miller Museum of Geology, he creatively mines the wonders of rock formations, dinosaur fossils and other geological points of interest, working with donors and researchers to create innovative exhibits.

Dianne Butler, Faculty of Law

As Faculty Projects Assistant with the Office of Advancement, and then as the first Alumni Officer in the Faculty of Law, Ms Butler has brought extraordinary commitment to her work, always demonstrating professionalism and good judgment.

Working closely with alumni, the Dean of Law, faculty members, students and staff, she has efficiently developed the Faculty’s alumni relations program. Its success can be attributed to her tremendous efforts and dedication.

Denise Cameron, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

Since her appointment 23 years ago as an administrative assistant in the Biology Department, through positions in the School of Physical and Health Education and Office of the University Registrar, to her current role as Undergraduate Program Assistant with the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Ms Cameron has consistently gained respect for her unwavering contributions to the organization and to the delivery of undergraduate programs.

Her knack for getting the very best out of undergrads, her exemplary technical support for less “tech-savvy” colleagues and her external volunteer commitments have all contributed to the well-being of both her Department and the larger community.

Elspeth Christie, Health, Counselling and Disability Services

As Coordinator of Learning Strategies Outreach for Health, Counselling and Disability Services, supervising and mentoring more than 40 Peer Learning Assistants, Ms Christie has demonstrated in numerous ways her responsiveness to the changing needs of students.

Through the many innovative workshops she has initiated – including help for students in first-year courses, learning strategies workshops for international students, residence-based outreach programs and study skills workshops – Queen’s students receive the respect, guidance and skills they need to succeed academically at Queen’s and later in life.

Rick Eves, Psychology

As General Technician for the Department of Psychology, Mr. Eves has been described as “the go-to person for an immensely wide range of tasks” and “the glue that holds everything in place.”

For more than 30 years, his problem-solving abilities have enhanced the Department’s teaching and research programs, improved overall workplace efficiency and made everyone else’s jobs easier. He has taken the initiative to design and build apparatus not available on the market, and to ensure that tasks in the Department are done correctly and on time. His innovative designs have helped turned Principal Investigators’ visions into reality.

Kathy Goodfriend, English

For close to 40 years, Ms Goodfriend has been a vital part of the Department of English’s administrative team. She is renowned for her indefatigable energy and attention to detail; her impeccable organization; her uncanny ability to anticipate and ward off administrative snarls with timely interventions; her adaptability to new modes of communication and administration; her incredible ability to multi-task; and most importantly, her role as the friendly person who is first to greet everyone who enters the departmental office.

For those who teach in the graduate program, she has ensured its smooth operation through her ability to manage data and procedures of ever-increasing complexity without batting an eye.

Lynne Meilleur, Diagnostic Radiology

Managing 15 active radiology residents as they work through their five-year program is no easy task. But as part of her responsibilities as Radiology Residency Program Assistant, Ms Meilleur has not only carried this out superlatively, but has also established a record among other Canadian universities, with 100 per cent of our graduating residents having successfully passed their board examinations for the past decade.

Always available to residents, she provides much-needed guidance, experience and knowledge – not to mention a sympathetic ear – and finds solutions to problems that keep residents and staff both happy and productive.

Sharon Posadowski, Central Planning Unit (FIXIT)

One of the busiest places on campus is the Physical Plant Services Fixit Office – the first place everyone goes when they have a facilities-related issue. And for the past 20 years, Ms Posadowski has been its capable and trusted supervisor.

While handling more than 20,000 work orders per year, and an even greater number of phone calls, she has consistently provided superb customer service for all university clients. In times of crisis, her strong leadership and organizational skills have often been called to the fore. During the 1998 ice storm, the August 2003 electrical blackout and most recently, flooding on campus, she took responsibility for ensuring that staff could perform their duties in a safe and effective fashion.

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