Lethbridge College Nisod award RECIPIENT 2017/2018
Bill Nykiel is one of the recipients of the 2017-2018 NISOD Excellence in Learning Leadership Award. The Award recognizes members of the faculty, staff and administration for outstanding accomplishments in improving student learning. Bill leads by example and is an outstanding role model and mentor to many. He is exceptional at building, maintaining, nurturing, and growing new collaborative partnerships. Bill always has, and continues to, live in the present while being very aware of the future landscape of the College. His vision to develop a Practice Placement Office began about 10 years ago and has grown to include both the Center for Health and Wellness as well as the Centre for Justice and Human Services with plans to include all Centers. This vision was aimed to support student and staff success through increasing efficiencies, increasing standards and consistencies, enhancing relationships through liaising with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring quality assurance and considering occupational health and safety of all. Bill is viewed provincially in the student placement administration circles as a source of knowledge, wisdom, and logic. When making decisions or changing processes, he is inclusive and seeks input/feedback from those individuals affected. His genuine, caring nature and honest, respectful approach to his fellow employees and students is evident. He lives what he believes and those around him aspire to be like him.
Sheri Wright is one of the recipients of the 2017-2018 NISOD Excellence in Learning Leadership Award. The Award recognizes members of the faculty, staff and administration for outstanding accomplishments in improving student learning. Sheri's philosophy and understanding of education, leadership, and inspiring innovation have transformed education at Lethbridge College in ways that have had lasting impacts. Within her short time as SPHERE Chair, she has redefined existing teaching philosophies and best practices to align with our student population and most current research in simulation. These best practices encourage students to push their limits and have failure, learn to take risks, recover from errors rather than avoid them, challenge their comfort zones, and thrive in uncertain and changing environments. She recognizes these practices will help foster psychological resilience, prepare students for the rapidly changing landscape of their respective industries, and foster leadership skills. Sheri is masterful at creating inclusive, collaborative, and thriving learning communities and has proven this ability time and time again with how engaged she keeps her staff, students, and other campus areas. Sheri has a philosophy that engagement is the key to sustainability. Sheri's ability to champion change in best practices and models of learning doesn't only stem from passion, but also from a significant commitment to professional development, research, and collaborative creations. Sheri is an engaging leader and takes the approach to welcome ideas from all staff and offer support; she leads with latitude and respect.