Congratulations to our 2014-2015 award recipients!
Every year, the University of Ottawa’s CSL program highlights the outstanding contributions of a student, a professor and a community partner.
CSL Community Partner Award: Glebe Centre
The Glebe Centre has won the 2014-2015 CSL Outstanding Achievement Award in the Community Partner category. The Centre provides long-term residential care and community outreach services to clients in the Ottawa community, and develops and delivers services that support the highest quality of life for its clients. Since 1886, the Centre has provided services, housing and personal support to the aged. The Glebe Centre was nominated by three students who participated in the Community Service Learning program as part of their Multidisciplinary Approaches of Intervention in Gerontology course (GRT4120A). Throughout the 2015 winter term, Kayla Talbot, Tamara Noll and Sally Zhao experienced first-hand the Glebe Centre’s incredible contributions to the Ottawa community. The students all highlighted the hard work and dedication of their placement supervisor, Lonelle Butler, and the fact that she personally supported them in their career development. Not only was this commitment to excellence typical of Lonelle, it was also typical of all Glebe Centre staff, making these students’ experience so memorable that they continued to volunteer with the Centre even after they had fulfilled their program requirements.
CSL Professor Award: Éric Champagne
Professor Éric Champagne teaches public administration at the University of Ottawa. In the fall 2014 term, he taught Principles, Processes and Methods of Evaluation (PAP4710) within the French stream and integrated Community Service Learning (CSL) into the course. As part of the course’s CSL component, students were required to conduct a real-life program evaluation for a local non-profit organization; according to students in the course, this assignment was the perfect balance between theory and practice. A total of six students submitted separate nominations highlighting the many reasons they felt Professor Champagne deserved the CSL Outstanding Achievement Award in the Professor Category. They cited reasons that included his genuine interest in seeing his students develop career-related skills, as well as his constant support and involvement during the course. In the end, his students delivered an excellent product to their community partners, and Professor Champagne’s outstanding work certainly resonated with his students, many of whom expressed their gratitude by nominating him for this award!
CSL Student Award: Isabelle Danielle Boileau
Isabelle Danielle Boileau is a fourth-year Health Sciences student who participated in the Community Service Learning program in one of her fall 2014 courses. Isabelle volunteered with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and Amy Nahwegahbow, her volunteer supervisor, wanted to highlight her genuine commitment to the First Nations and Metis Women community. During her placement, Isabelle demonstrated initiative on several occasions and was constantly motivated to go above and beyond expectations. Her research on public health tools, such as a Fact Sheet on Tuberculosis and Statistics on Aboriginal Senior Health, helped NWAC deepen its understanding of the impact of various health determinants. In addition to her research projects, Isabelle contributed to developing and delivering survey instruments for potential partners, which helped establish a partnership plan between research teams and Aboriginal communities. Isabelle’s positive attitude, hard work and genuine dedication to the causes supported by the Native Women’s Association of Canada were thoroughly appreciated by her placement supervisor!