Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes and celebrates partnerships with gala event

The Auto Body Technician training area at Regina campus will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind fine dining and entertainment venue.

June 1, 2017 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic is pleased to honour program, industry and alumni partners and recognize their contributions and achievements that support our organization and students at the 2017 President’s Gala. Attendees will celebrate the benefits of partnerships and collaborative work while also fundraising for students at Saskatchewan’s most luxurious garage party.

Awards recipients will be honoured at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic President’s Gala.

Recipient Award

Gillian Oberndorfer, Clinical Quality and Professional

Practice director for the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region
Program Partnership Award
Spartan Controls  Industry Partnership Award
George Pohorelic Alumni Partnership Award
Chantel Buffalo Young Alumnus Partnership Award

“These awards honour and celebrate the partnerships that make it possible for Saskatchewan Polytechnic to provide skills training and education that are relevant and responsive to industry’s needs, and are the foundation for successful careers,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech’s president and CEO.

Typically home to dent pullers and body filler, the Automotive Service Technician training area will get a dramatic makeover as the space is transformed into a lavish, black-tie gala.

Media are invited to attend the event.

Event: Saskatchewan Polytechnic President’s Gala

Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina campus  

Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan

Automotive Service Technician program area
Date: Saturday, June 3
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

This is the fourth year for the President’s Partnership Awards. This year’s President’s Gala is being held in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing, and will raise funds to support Indigenous students enrolled in School of Nursing programs.

The evening’s entertainment will feature Rosie and the Riveters. Sheila Coles, host of The Morning Edition, CBC Radio One, will serve as master of ceremonies.

About the award winners:

The Program Partnership Award is presented to an organization, or individual(s), who have made a notable contribution to the development of a new or existing Sask Polytech program. Through Gillian’s advocacy and partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, thousands of students enrolled in School of Nursing programs have been able to start their careers with a level of skill and knowledge, which allows them to deliver exceptional service and care to their patients.

The Industry Partnership Award is presented to an industry partner that has supported Sask Polytech’s overall mission through a variety of means and over a period of time. Spartan Controls helps to ensure Sask Polytech’s program curriculum are relevant and responsive to industry needs through its membership in a program advisory council. Support for student awards is also a feature of the longstanding partnership between Sask Polytech and Spartan Controls.

The Alumni Partnership Award is presented to an alumnus or alumni who have advanced the reputation of Sask Polytech and/or made a notable contribution to Sask Polytech through a variety of means. George’s contributions to Saskatchewan Polytechnic include not only advocacy and support for the organization, but also serving as a member of the Power Engineering Technology Advisory Committee for three terms, a total of nine years.

The Young Alumnus Partnership Award is presented to a young alumnus whose accomplishments provide inspiration and leadership to students and other young alumni. Chantel Buffalo is from the Kawacatoose First Nation. She decided she wanted a better life for her kids, than she had as a child and teenager. Chantel is an inspiration to all who come in contact with her, and exemplifies Sask Polytech’s determination to seek excellence in all things.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.