Former Fanshawe College VP Receives Prestigious Award

    McGuinty Government Celebrates Lifetime Achievement

    TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ -


    Joy Warkentin, former Senior Vice-President, Academic of Fanshawe College
is being awarded the fifth annual Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award for
her contributions to Ontario's college system.
    During her 40-year career, Warkentin established an outstanding record of
leadership in Ontario and across Canada while advancing her college, the
community and the Ontario college system. In addition to her work in the
college system, as a former nurse, nursing teacher, and Chair of Health
Sciences at Confederation College, she developed a reputation for having key
insight into Ontario's health care system.
    Warkentin retired from Fanshawe College in the fall of 2008.


    "Joy has made an enormous difference to our college system and to her
students. She has helped prepare us for the future and the dedication she has
shown to her students and colleagues will always be appreciated," said
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy


    -   Over 90 per cent of graduates of Ontario's 24 colleges
        ( are
        employed within six months of graduating.

    -   Over 150,000 students are enrolled full-time at Ontario colleges.


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    In 2005, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities created the
Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award to be given every year to one
outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to Ontario's
college system throughout their career.
    The award recognizes the contribution Ontario's colleges
( make to the lives of
students, to the communities they serve and to the economic development of our
province. It is awarded each year to truly outstanding leaders in the college
community - either current or retired Chief Executive Officers or senior
officers who have made an enduring difference.
    The recipient is selected by the annual Colleges Ontario
( Leadership Awards selection committee,
composed of representatives from the government, colleges and students.

    Criteria for selecting recipients

    To receive a Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award, a recipient must have:

    -   Demonstrated exceptional leadership over a significant period of time
    -   Exemplified collegiality, working with other colleges and learning
        institutions, with their local communities and with students
    -   Contributed to the advancement of the social and economic development
        of Ontario
    -   Displayed a wisdom and depth of leadership that has made a
        significant difference locally and provincially, and
    -   Promoted excellence within their own college, Ontario's college
        system and within postsecondary education in Ontario.

    Past recipients

    This year's recipient, Joy Warkentin, joins an elite list of leaders of
Ontario's college system, including:

    2008    Dr. Robert A. Gordon, former President of Humber College
    2007    Dr. Gary Polonsky, former President of Durham College
    2006    Dr. Brian Desbiens, former President of Fleming College
    2005    Dr. Richard Hook, Vice President Emeritus of Humber College, and
            Dr. Richard Johnston, former President of Centennial College

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    In a career that spanned over 40 years, Joy Warkentin established an
outstanding record of influence and leadership in Ontario and across Canada.
    Her academic background includes a Registered Nurse Diploma, a Diploma in
Teaching and Supervision in Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts and Master of
    She has been a leader for four decades. Her influence has been felt
across Ontario and ultimately across Canada through her participation in many
local, provincial, and national initiatives aimed at improving college
education and the college system.
    Warkentin has also helped to improve our heath care system. As a former
nurse, nursing teacher, and Chair of Health Sciences at Confederation College,
she developed a reputation for having key insight into Ontario's health care
    She has brought her expertise and insight to numerous professional and
community services including:

    -   Board Member, Children's Aid Society London and Middlesex
    -   Board Chair, Canadian Technology Human Resources Board
    -   Member, Premier's Council Board
    -   Chair, Health Restructuring Committee Premier's Council
    -   Member, Premier's Council on Health, Wellness and Social Justice
    -   Chair, Task Force on Review of Hospital Services
    -   Chair, Association of District Health Councils of Ontario
    -   Board Member, AIDS Committee of London
    -   Board Member, The Ontario Council
    -   Chair, Academic Managers' Group
    -   Faculty Member, VP National Executive Leadership Institute
    -   Chair, Academic Bargaining Team
    -   Member, Fanshawe Capital Campaign Steering Committee
    -   Co-Chair, Coordinating Committee of Vice-Presidents, Academic

    Warkentin is a regular presenter on topics related to leadership and
curriculum excellence at conferences sponsored by organizations including
Colleges Ontario, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, and others.
She is also very much in demand as a mentor.

    Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, 416-326-5748
    Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, 416-325-2746
    Public Inquiries, 416-325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514
    TTY 1-800-263-2892

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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