A profitable post-secondary journey requires an inspiring starting. Two girls who’ve assisted learners by way of early steps at Selkirk School are being acknowledged with Board of Governors awards for his or her efforts to assist construct exceptional futures.
Ktunaxa Nation Elder Anne Jimmie and retired Nursing Program teacher Joanne van der Ham are the 2022 recipients of the annual honors. Jimme is the recipient of an Honorary Diploma in Human Providers and van der Ham is being acknowledged as a Distinguished Educator.
“On the coronary heart of Selkirk School is an academic group that ensures college students have all the pieces they should succeed, and that they do not really feel alone within the problem earlier than them,” says Selkirk School President Maggie Matear. “Anne and Joanne have actually helped to alter lives over the various years they’ve spent working with college students, by supporting them in reaching their final objectives. We’re so grateful and so happy to honor their service on this method.”
Knowledge and Inspiration for Indigenous College students
By her personal lived expertise, Jimmie has spent a decade passing alongside teachings to Indigenous college students and advancing decolonization efforts at Selkirk School. A member of the Yaqan nukiy (Decrease Kootenay Band), Jimmie is a a lot liked and revered Ktunaxa Elder. A residential college survivor, she willingly shares her painful previous of her in an
effort to strengthen the best way ahead.
“Anne is a champion for younger Indigenous individuals and for settlers searching for belonging,” says Jessica Morin, a former Indigenous Providers Coordinator at Selkirk School and the present Indigenous Analysis Facilitator at Dalhousie College in Nova Scotia. “At gatherings during the last decade, Elders from native First Nations come along with respect for each other and with love for the younger individuals. Many of those Elders attended residential college collectively and reconnected at Selkirk School for the primary time since they had been younger. By their presence, Anne and these Elders shed mild, potential and knowledge for Indigenous college students.”
With a imaginative and prescient of an accessible, protected and related post-secondary establishment for Indigenous and non-Indigenous college students, Jimmie has been a significant contributor. She attends Indigenous youth conferences, engages with defective on Indigenizing curriculum, shares experiences as a residential college survivor, contributes to analysis initiatives and co-teaches within the Indigenous 100: Regional Views course. Her presence of her has helped transfer alongside many important benchmarks at Selkirk School, just like the Indigenization
“Anne has steadfastly sought to proceed delivering necessary contributions to Selkirk School’s mandates and missions with respect to UNDRIP, Canada’s Fact & Reconciliation journey and Indigenous empowerment,” says Dr. Christopher Horsethief, a member of the Ktunaxa Nation and visitor college member at Selkirk School . “Her continued involvement of ella within the Indigenous 100: Regional Views course is a pure continuation of the character arc set in movement by her mom of ella. Anne’s arc is actually an embodiment of the intergenerational switch of Ktunaxa Indigenous voice, cultural construction inside our group and steerage on interactions outdoors our group.
She serves school learners, directors and management in selfless capacities.”
Constructing Power within the Area’s Well being Care System
Throughout a educating profession that started at Selkirk School in 1987, van der Ham spent 30 years as a devoted nurse educator within the four-year Bachelor of Nursing (BScN) Program that impacted each college students and friends. With a educating philosophy primarily based on the ethics of professionalism and compassion, she shared a classy understanding of nursing and better schooling.
“I can say with confidence that Joanne was some of the caring, respectful and principled educators and nurses I’ve ever had the pleasure working with,” says Tammie Clarke, a long-time college colleague of van der Ham and the present chair for the Faculty of Well being & Human Providers. “Joanne was the first purpose I remained in schooling and didn’t return to my nursing follow. Her mentorship philosophy of hers is ripe with encouragement, counsel, endurance and objectivity. She role-modelled an exemplary method of being with others and authentically embraced fairness and inclusion.”
Spending a few years because the 12 months 1 facilitator, van der Ham supported college students within the transition to post-secondary schooling and mentoring new college. Throughout this spectacular time, her constructive role-modeling de ella supported learners in creating empathy, advocating for high quality seniors’ care and constructing confidence for subsequent nursing follow experiences. With a dedication to the school that prolonged properly past the BScN Program, van der Ham helped information new college by facilitating the Educational Abilities Workshops every August.
“As I replicate on the years I labored with Joanne, she was a pillar of the BScN Program,” says Teresa Petrick, a retired BScN Program college member and former dean of the Faculty of Well being & Human Providers. “She supplied exemplary management to a brand new era of nurse educators and exemplified collaborative follow. For a lot of training nurses in our communities as we speak, Joanne was instrumental in supporting the early growth of excellence within the foundations of nursing follow—the stepping stones to experience and high quality well being care.”
Interruptions within the school’s annual calendar because of the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the annual Board of Governors Awards dinner to late-October the place recipients from the final three years had been celebrated at Mary Corridor on the Tenth Avenue Campus.