From left to right – Algonquin College (AC) Director of Student Services, Shelly Styles; AC Residence General Manager, Sophie Galvan; AC Residence Services Manager, Nicola From.
Algonquin College Student Support Services (SSS) regularly recognizes staff who exemplify the College Core Values through their work, their initiatives, and their efforts in making a difference. During the SSS staff retreat last month, Algonquin College Residence General Manager, Sophie Galvan, and Residence Services Manager, Nicola From, were recognized with awards for “Making A Difference” for their respective roles in supporting the Minto Fire Emergency Response.
When presenting Sophie and Nicola with the award, Algonquin College Director of Student Support Services, Shelley Styles, said, “The commitment of these two women to service Algonquin College as well as their students is unparalleled and they should be honoured for their commitment which continues to this day.” Sophie and Nicola worked tirelessly for a month, including weekends, to support the Minto Fire evacuees, all while student move-out and summer operations turnover were taking place. Sophie and Nicola both commented that the awards were a testament to the commitment of the residence team at Algonquin College, as everyone on staff played a role in assisting the displaced Minto residents.
Algonquin College Residence is professionally managed by Campus Living Centres.
by Clarence Chong
As part of our commitment to staff development and engagement, Campus Living Centres (CLC) hosted its 2nd Annual CLC Conference at the Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology campus from June 21st to June 24th, 2015. The Annual Conference is a great opportunity to reintroduce and reinforce the Campus Living Centres’ core values of Lead, Serve, Engage over several days of professional development workshops. This conference had an astounding 64 delegates attend.
This year, the conference accepted presentation proposals from staff, and session presenters had the opportunity to share their “best practices” from their property. Presentation topics touched on all disciplines within student housing, exposing delegates to new and relevant industry ideas and trends.
Leading up to the conference, Campus Living Centres also sent out a staff engagement survey to all employees. This anonymous survey was an opportunity for all staff to share their thoughts on whether CLC is championing Innovation in all facets of our business, including training, support, and professional development.
The final day of the conference highlighted our Staff Enrichment Day, which was attended by more than 80 staff. This year’s keynote began with a special moment, as Peter Brown, Senior Partner at Deloitte Canada, presented Campus Living Centres with its plaque for being named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Through his keynote address, Peter shared the key traits and innovative strategies of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Peter noted that bringing the staff together for a week of professional development was very much an innovative “best practice” unique to successful organizations.
“The CLC Annual Conference is a great way to get the CLC team together to learn and grow as a company. Lead Serve Engage” – Jeff Shuts (Niagara - NOTL)
“The conference was a great opportunity for me to discover best practices at various properties. Meeting new people and reconnecting with others was also very important. I now have some great networks within CLC” – David Norwood (Conestoga)
“It was a great and humbling experience to be around wonderful, energetic, expressive individuals.” – Patty Alencar (Mohawk)
“If I could describe this year’s conference in one word it would be inspiring! I appreciate CLC for giving employees an opportunity to present to their peers, and empower conference delegates to integrate their ideas at our respective properties. A huge thank you to all of our conference speakers!” – Hayley McNamara (Seneca - Newnham)
Peter Brown, Senior Partner at Deloitte Canada, and Tatyana Sabitova, Business Development Manager & Coach at Deloitte Canada, presenting Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award to Campus Living Centres’ Vice Presidents, Brian Freeman and Michael Paul.
CLC Conference Delegate Group Photo
Kamika Wilson, Senior Manager Human Resources at Campus Living Centres, presenting “The Purple Cow – Developing Your Personal Brand”