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2014 BCCAT TRANSFER AWARDS

BCCAT is delighted to announce the winners of the first ever BCCAT Transfer Awards. It is individuals like these – and many more across the province – who contribute to the remarkable success of the BC Transfer System. Because of them, BC students have access to flexible learner pathways that help them to achieve their educational goals.

We would like to thank all those who participated in the 2014 BCCAT Transfer Awards, and we look forward to this annual opportunity to celebrate the champions of the BC Transfer System!


Left to Right: Karen Langan, Suzanne Norman, Frank Gelin (back),
Leo Neufeld (front), Dave Twynam (back), Neil Coburn (front).
(NOTE: Michaela Huth-Aldrich is not included in this photo as her award was conferred in absentia.)
Photo Credits: Nate D Photography

RISING STAR AWARD 

Michaela Huth-Aldrich — Transfer Credit Coordinator, Thompson Rivers University

“Michaela has changed many dynamics in the Registrar’s Office since her arrival. She has demonstrated a level of professionalism and collegiality among her co-workers and has established high service standards when working with students and campus partners. It truly has been a pleasure working with Michaela over the past year.” - Angelique Saweczko, Associate Vice-President Strategic Enrolment & University Registrar, Thompson Rivers University

(NOTE: Michaela's award was conferred in absentia. Angelique Saweczko received the award on her behalf.)

RISING STAR AWARD

Karen Langan — Articulation Officer, College of the Rockies

“Karen has been meticulous and zealous in her approach to ensuring COTR courses receive articulation. She is a valued colleague and worthy recipient of the BCCAT Rising Star Award. Within COTR she has shown tremendous teamwork in supporting the work of faculty, staff, and administrators. Ultimately, students are the beneficiaries when they use the transfer agreements Karen has set up.” - Darrell Bethune, Dean, College of the Rockies

TRANSFER & ARTICULATION COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

Suzanne Norman — Admissions & Academic Advising Officer, Capilano University

“It is due to [Suzanne’s] efforts that our transition from a sending to a receiving institution was accomplished so smoothly. The strength of Capilano University’s transfer credit process and position in the BC landscape is a reflection of Suzanne.” - Joshua Robertson, Associate Registrar, Admissions & Advising, Capilano University

TRANSFER & ARTICULATION COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

Dave Twynam — Dean, Faculty of Management, Vancouver Island University

 “Dr. Twynam’s wealth of experience as an educator, administrator, and practitioner has been invaluable to the work of the Tourism Management Articulation Committee. As a result, the committee voted unanimously to nominate him for being a leader in advancing the theory and practice of transfer and articulation in BC and to recognize the positive and lasting impacts on the institutions has been associated with, colleagues he has worked alongside, and student experiences he has shaped over his career to date.” - Rob Ferguson, Chair, Dept. of Recreation and Tourism Management, Vancouver Island University

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Neil Coburn — Vice-President, Education & Students, Selkirk College

“The nominating committee and the several others who have contributed to the nomination are proud to be able to nominate Neil. In his various roles Neil has invariably worked to further the goals of the BC Transfer System and to promote the mobility of students. Neil has made significant contributions to transfer and articulation in BC. Recognition from BCCAT would be a tremendous gesture to identify Neil as an exemplar in our sector.” - Deans of Instruction at Selkirk College

FRANKLIN GELIN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Leo Neufeld — Former Chair, BCcupm (Mathematics Articulation Committee)/Camosun Faculty

“With the commitment and dedication that Leo Neufeld has demonstrated to Mathematics (and Statistics) articulation in BC, I can think of no person more deserving of a BC Council on Admissions and Transfer award for Lifetime Achievement.” - David Leeming, Professor Emeritus, Mathematics, University of Victoria and UVic Education Coordinator, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

“Leo is in large measure responsible for the widely acknowledged success of the Committee – arguably the most successful of all of BCCAT’s Articulation Committees. His service to transfer and articulation in BC over almost forty years is unparalleled. It would be both fitting and appropriate for the Lifetime Achievement Award to be given to Leo Neufeld.” - Jim Bailey, BCcupms Chair

A WORD ABOUT THE FRANKLIN GELIN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

On October 3, 2014, the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer voted unanimously to name the new BCCAT Lifetime Achievement Award in honour of Dr. Franklin Gelin, Executive Director Emeritus of BCCAT. Frank served as Executive Director from 1994-2010. His value for the importance of collaboration and consultation was a vital contributing factor to the success of the BC Transfer System as we know it today. The Franklin Gelin Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those who carry on this important work in the same spirit of collaboration, engagement, and dedication in service to the system over the course of their post-secondary careers.

“Few have devoted as much leadership to the activities of BCCAT as Frank Gelin. For more than two decades Frank has been responsible for a great deal of the innovation, the reputation, the image and the culture of the Council as recognized by government, the post-secondary educational system and the community at large.” - John Dennison, BCCAT Co-Chair (1993-1999) and Professor Emeritus, Administrative, Adult & Higher Education, UBC

The 2014 BCCAT Transfer Award Ceremony was held on November 14th, 2014 at the Joint Annual Meeting (JAM).  

A PDF of the awards ceremony program is available here.