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DECEMBER 2013 Inside

Staebler Award winner Carol Shaben visits Laurier campuses

people at Laurier

Photos: Tomasz Adamski, Kevin Klein

Carol Shaben, who won the 2013 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop (Random House Canada, 2012), attended two public events Nov. 13 at Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses. In Brantford, she particpated in a question period with Assistant Professor of Journalism Bruce Gillespie, which touched on her background as a CBC journalist, her personal connection to the story, and the work that went into creating the book, among other things. Later that evening on the Waterloo campus, Shaben was presented with her award and signed books for students, staff, faculty and community members. In Into the Abyss, Shaben reconstructs a 1984 commuter plane crash in northern Alberta that killed six passengers and wounded four others, including Shaben’s father, a prominent cabinet minister. “It’s a stylishly written, fast-paced tale of redemption that’s more gripping and engaging than you might expect,” said Ute Lischke, award juror and Laurier professor of English and Film Studies.

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New appointments: Megan Chipman, academic program assistant (Brantford campus). Patricia Cummings, counsellor/ psychotherapist, Counselling Services (Waterloo campus). Katie Dagg, donor relations assistant, Development (Waterloo campus). Phil Dolmage, cooordinator, web and technology, Athletics & Recreation (Waterloo campus). Ashley Donsberger, records and registration administrator (Brantford campus). Bruce Hanna, project liaison, Geography (Waterloo cammpus). Margaret Haskell, academic program assistant, Dean’s Office (Brantford campus). Ruth Knechtel, research facilitator, Research Services (Waterloo campus).

Jan McPedran-McLeod JumpStart to Higher Ed coordinator, Learning Services (Waterloo campus). Erin McQuiggan, third-class operating engineer, Physical Resources (Waterloo campus). Max Pottier, facility and technical support, SBE (Waterloo campus). Daniel Phillips, student advisor and admissions coordinator, Seminary (Waterloo campus). Julia Thomson, manager, communications, Development (Waterloo campus).

Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing (Waterloo campus). Heidi Anston, administrative assistant, Dean FHSS, Dean’s Office, Brantford campus. Francis Doyle, alumni relations officer - SBE, Development (Waterloo campus). Samah Katerji, counsellor/ psychotherapist, Counselling Services (Waterloo campus). Lauren Korody, development Assistant, Development (Waterloo campus). Donna Kubica, manager, health and safety, SHERM (Waterloo campus).

April Turner, research assistant, Faculty of Social Work (Kitchener location). Jamie-Lee Wheeler, academic advisor, CAU (Brantford campus).

Changes in staff appointments: Erin Almeida, marketing and communications officer,

Roy Vinner, junior systems analyst – web, ITS (Waterloo campus).

Retirements: Geraldine Ahrens, supervisor and accounts payable administrator, Financial Resources (Waterloo campus). Lorraine Bernard, reference associate/cataloguer, Library (Waterloo campus). Joy Mitchell, coordinator, Employment Services, Career Services (Waterloo campus).

(l-r) Accounts Payable staff members Mary Dawson, Marjorie Pellar and Geraldine Ahrens in 1986. Ahrens recently retired after 41 years of service at the university.

Lois Wood, associate registrar, admissions (Waterloo campus).

Antonio Araujo appointed to new AVP position on Brantford campus Antonio Araujo has been appointed assistant vicepresident: campus administration & Special Constable Services effective Nov. 1. This role will support the multi-campus structure in the Finance and Administration portfolio and is aligned with recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on Multi-Campus Governance and the administrative working group recommendations. Araujo will provide integration and coordination of the functional

units within Finance and Administration on the Brantford campus. In addition, he will have direct leadership and accountability for Special Constable Services across all campuses, and will continue to be a key member of the senior leadership team on the Brantford campus. In his role, Araujo will be the senior representative of Finance and Administration at the Brantford campus and will report to Jim Butler, vice-president: Finance and Administration.

Rob Donelson receives fundraising award Laurier’s Vice-President of Development and Alumni Relations, Rob Donelson, has been named Outstanding Fundraising Professional for 2013 by the Golden Horseshoe chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Earlier this year, Donelson was reappointed as vice-president: Development & Alumni Relations for a second five-year term beginning next July. Prior to joining Laurier in 2008, Donelson led multimillion-dollar fundraising campaigns for St. Joseph’s Healthcare and St. Mary’s General Hospital. He also played senior roles in development and alumni affairs at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo. “Throughout my career I’ve been associated with organizations that

I believe really make a difference in people’s lives and truly transform society,” said Donelson. “I’ve learned that you don’t reach any level of success or achievement without collaborating with others. Teamwork and partnership are essential to our success.” Under Donelson’s leadership, Laurier became only one of two universities in Canada to be accepted into the Ethical Code program of Imagine Canada, a public endorsement of the university’s responsible solicitation and management of financial gifts. He is a director of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE), and has spoken at several national and international conferences of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and the CCAE. 5

December 2013 InsideLaurier  

The December 2013 edition of Wilfrid Laurier University's InsideLaurier newspaper.

December 2013 InsideLaurier  

The December 2013 edition of Wilfrid Laurier University's InsideLaurier newspaper.