During the Portland College staff training week, our first staff recognition event (STAR Awards 2018) was held on campus in the Willows Garden.
Nine awards were presented at the pagoda, by Principal Mark Dale to members of staff from across the college for their standout achievements in 2017. Sponsored by Elizabeth Michael Associates, the afternoon was a great success. Each award was presented to the nominated members of staff, accompanied by heart-warming sentiments provided by colleagues, managers and learners that reflected the hard work and dedication of staff.
Winners of this year’s awards and categories are:
Vicky Cluer - Award for Inspirational Staff Member
Assistant Principal Quality and Curriculum, Angela Anstey quoted, “Over the past few years I have witnessed Vicky blossom. Her steadfast approach, drive and enthusiasm to absolutely any aspect of her role (including cover duty) is exceptional and, as noted by this award, truly inspiring”.
Claire Stephens – Award for Customer Service
Assistant Principal Quality and Curriculum, Angela Anstey commented, “This award has given Claire’s colleagues a real opportunity to highlight her significant prowess. Claire demonstrates her understanding of how critical customer service is through practical application, particularly in her role at the Woodland Café, where she has demonstrated commitment to this project above and beyond expectations”.
Matt Gallagher - Award for Most Motivational Manager
Head of Care Ikechukwu Onwukwe said, “I would like to congratulate Matt on this award! It is an indication of the positive contributions he has brought to his team and to his work in general. The impact of this has not only been felt directly by his immediate team but also across the wider College”.
Andy McLoughlin – The Face of Portland Award
When presenting the award Principal Mark Dale read, “Andy is there to offer his opinion and contributes consistently to the day to day running of the care department. He is an excellent ambassador for the college and often attends recruitment events where he is happy to share his experiences of working at Portland”.
Neil Foulkes – The Swan Award
Head of Care Ikechukwu Onwukwe commented, “Neil has taken on additional responsibilities and Neil really listens to colleagues and their concerns and goes out of his way to anticipate what is required and always remains cheerful and positive, even in a pressured and time-sensitive situation”.
Daniel Shevlin – Keeping Spirits Up
Independent Living Manager, Maggie Waring said, “I have worked alongside Dan for many years, he’s a glass full kind of guy! He’s always smiling, upbeat and positive no matter what the day may throw at him. Dan is professional and caring and has a great relationship with all the learners and citizens that he comes into contact with, never finding anything too much trouble to ensure they are safe and happy”.
Verity Cartwright – The Learners Choice Award
A learner commented, “Verity’s the best teacher in maths and animal care. She is very organised and supportive”.
Another learner said, “She is beautiful like a princess and the best teacher”.
Michael Allen Wyre – Volunteer of the Year
Catering Manager Rachael Hensleigh said, “The Catering Team wouldn’t know what to do without his continued support as he is an integral member of the team and hopes that he will continue to volunteer in the department for many more years to come”.
Ross Lacey, Care Support Worker – EDI
The Day Service Team nominated Ross for this award due to the work he has been doing in day services around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
Special thanks were shown to all care, education and support staff for their hard work throughout the year. Also to those who helped on the day including volunteer Karen Preston, the Estates Team, Marketing and Student Recruitment, to Cassy Chandler for the Music and Production, and to Little Miss Buffet for providing a delicious outdoor, afternoon tea enjoyed by everyone in the warm summer sunshine!
Special thanks also go to Event Organiser, Tracey Horton, for making the day such a memorable one.
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