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Vol 38  No 17
July 20, 2006


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National honour for director

By Patrick Tyler
Special to the Gazette

Doreen Whalen (Photo by Jeff Green)



Doreen Whalen, director of Memorial’s Division of Lifelong Learning, has been awarded an honorary membership to the leading association for university continuing education in Canada.

In awarding the honorary membership, Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) cited Ms. Whalen’s outstanding contribution to the fields of adult learning and continuing education (CE) during her extensive career.

In the letter to Ms. Whalen, advising her of her award, Dr. Jane Lewis, chair of CAUCE’s nomination committee, wrote: “You have been a model practitioner, creating innovative new programs and nurturing and guiding numerous community and professional organizations. Moreover, during your many years at MUN, you were able to provide a constant and important voice for continuing education through many organizational changes and restructuring.

“Your colleagues at MUN, and the rest of us from around the country, certainly believe you are an important reason that CE has managed to thrive and grow and evolve at Memorial throughout the years.”

It’s the second time in as many years that a Memorial continuing educator has been so honoured. Dean Graham Skanes was the recipient of the same award at CAUCE’s 2005 annual general meeting and conference in St. John’s.

“I’m not sure I feel worthy to have been accepted into the company of those who so deservedly received the honour in past,” said Ms. Whalen. “To have been nominated by my colleagues at Memorial, let alone granted the honour ... I’m humbled.”

Ms. Whalen started her career in continuing education in 1970, as the Division of Part-time Credit Studies’ executive assistant. Over the next 21 years, she rose to become acting dean of the School of General and Continuing Studies. Following the dissolution of the school in 1986, she became the director of the Division of Continuing Studies Continuing Education, moving from there in 2001 to her current position as director of the Division of Lifelong Learning.

Ms. Whalen received her award at CAUCE’s annual general meeting and conference, May 30 in Toronto.

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