Sault College Celebrates Bright Lights with Annual Awards

(Sault Ste. Marie, ON August 24, 2023) – This week, Sault College proudly recognized the outstanding commitment and dedication of several of its employees at the College’s annual Service and Excellence Awards Ceremony. Surrounded by colleagues, employees – who were nominated by peers and selected by a peer review committee – were celebrated for outstanding work achievements through the College’s Northern Lights Employee Excellence Award program.

“As we look forward to the new academic year, this was a great opportunity to gather and re-connect. We were able to celebrate significant service award milestones and recognize those employees who consistently go the extra mile, exemplifying the spirit of the Northern Lights Employee Excellence Awards," said David Orazietti, President, Sault College. "Our recipients have not only enriched the lives of our students and colleagues but have also demonstrated their dedication to reaching new heights of excellence. We are proud to honour their accomplishments and their ongoing commitment."

The Northern Lights Employee Excellence Awards were created in 2006 to recognize excellence in any endeavour that enriches the community in which they serve. The objective of the Sault College Northern Lights Employee Excellence Award is to recognize and celebrate our people’s exceptional efforts in a variety of categories and in alignment with the actions of our Strategic Plan.

Northern Lights Employee Excellence Award Recipients

Ashley Bernardo
Ashley is often the first person who will sign up for marketing events and offer an interactive science experience for our guests. Further, she will often tour prospective students and their families without notice as they walk by our science labs. Her students report that they love how she makes science fun and engaging. She is always looking for ways to improve her teaching and delivery and she was instrumental on the Sault College Virtual Reality (VR) pilot project. In addition, she has quickly incorporated VR into her labs. Ashley is committed to being the best teacher that she can be. She has a wealth of scholarly activities and training and takes part in many of the College’s Professional Development sessions each spring.

Mark Caruso
Mark always goes above and beyond to ensure that the college is safe, is always quick to responding to Joint Health and Safety concerns and ensures that matters are fixed immediately. Mark is innovative, kind, professional and always considerate of others.

Lynn Goulding
Lynn’s career at Sault College has been a testament to her perseverance, resiliency, and ambition. Lynn has contributed and continues to contribute to the enhancement of learning opportunities and an invitational experience within the college. She is a great example of what makes the School of Natural Environment a welcoming place for students. Lynn always goes above and beyond to ensure that students exceed.

Brent Irwin
Brent is dependable, efficient, and an outstanding representative of Sault College. His work ethic is unparalleled, and his positive attitude and dedication to his job have earned him respect and admiration of his colleagues and the athletes he serves.

Rachel MacDonald
Rachel is an exceptional team member for the college, consistently prioritizing the institution’s needs. She has demonstrated dedication through her volunteer work for several events at the college. Rachel has been instrumental in creating the college’s voice and has kept us informed and proud of our accomplishments through her communications efforts. Rachel is positive and a light that shines in our organization.

Michelle Morley
Michelle’s positivity and conscientiousness are truly inspiring. She approaches every task with a friendly and positive attitude, even in the face of challenges. She is an excellent team player, always willing to lend a hand to her colleagues.

Chad Ritsema
Chad is an exceptional Sault College employee and supportive team member. No matter the task asked of him or in front of him, he finds a wayto adapt, excel and take initiative to make the college an amazing place and community for everyone.