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May 26, 2014

Jeff Sadler awarded the Gold Teaching Excellence Award by the ACCC.

Professor Jeff Sadler, Coordinator of the Recreation and Leisure Services program at Ontario's Fanshawe College, has been awarded the Gold Teaching Excellence Award by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).

"Jeff Sadler is a passionate and extremely student-focused teacher who embodies our values wonderfully," said Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin. "His captivating enthusiasm and his consistent commitment to high personal and academic standards make Jeff an invaluable asset to Fanshawe. We're thrilled he has received this award."

Admired by his colleagues and students alike, Professor Sadler is recognized for his astonishing command of his subject matter and his exemplary dedication to his students.

A dynamic and enthusiastic teacher, Jeff Sadler also demonstrates leadership and dedication outside the classroom, supporting students and helping the college with curriculum and program development. Sadler has also played a key role in forging ties with a variety of community partners in order to constantly improve the applied education components of his program.

“Canadian colleges offer some of the best learning opportunities thanks to the dedicated teachers who bring knowledge and real world experience to the classroom,” said Denise Amyot, ACCC President and CEO. “As our Teaching Excellence Award winners show us, college professors regularly go above and beyond to create a positive learning environment for our students.”

ACCC also recognizes two other outstanding educators. Professor Tim Callin from BC's Camosun College's English department wins the Silver Teaching Excellence Award. Always enthusiastic about teaching, Dr. Callin has been sharing his passion for literature with the students of Camosun since 2004 and his classes quickly became favourites with students who appreciate his dynamic teaching style and his sense of humour.

The Bronze Teaching Excellence Award goes to Dr. Roger MacLean, Professor of Sociology at Quebec's Cégep John Abbott College. MacLean is a strong defender of active learning and is credited for completely transforming the teaching of police technology in his college.

ACCC, soon to be known as Colleges and Institutes Canada, is the national and international voice of 95 per cent of Canada's publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. ACCC operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world.

Fanshawe College has been providing excellence in academic learning and industry training for more than 45 years. With 17,000 full-time students, 26,000 part-time students and over 153,000 alumni, Fanshawe is one of Ontario's largest colleges. With five campuses serving close to half a million people, the College attracts students from approximately 50 countries every year.