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NWCC Facilities & Maintenance Director top of her field

TERRACE Cindy Harmel, Northwest Community Colleges (NWCC) Director of Facilities and Maintenance, is going to have to make room for yet another award for excellence in her field. Last month, Harmel (AScT, RPA) received the Top in Technology Award from the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC), presented by ASTT president John Leech in Terrace. Our annual Top in Technology Awards arent given lightly, said Leech. Theyre earned through the highest level of professional performance, demonstrated leadership and excellence over time. We look for members who promote and use new technologies, mentor and role-model others, contribute to their communities and promote technology careers. Terrace can be extremely proud of Cindy. Shes an exceptional technology professional by every measure we apply. Harmel, who joined NWCC in 2003 and earned her current director position at NWCC in 2007, said shes grateful to have the respect of her peers. I felt honoured and surprised, not only by the award itself but by the words used to present the award, said Harmel, a member of ASTTBC since 1999. Im a firm believer in never standing still in this business. Its important to continue learning new technologies and promoting this industry to young people. After graduating from BCIT in 1986 with a credential in Operations Management Technology, which together with a Power Engineering Steam ticket brought her back to the Northwest and a position at Kitimat General Hospital, Harmel has earned the ASTT designations of AScT (Industrial) and RPA (Real Property Administrator earned through Building Owners and Managers Institute). She is also working on additional designation known as FMA (Facilities Management Administrator), also through BOMI Canada. Recognition from your peers is the highest form of achievement, said NWCC President, Dr. Denise Henning. Cindys excellence in her field is not only a major asset to Northwest Community College in its operations, but she is an outstanding role model for women especially with an interest in this specialized industry. This marks the second time in three years Harmel has earned an award from ASTT. In 2009, she received the Womens Award for Leadership in Technology. Harmel says the best part of her work with NWCC has come with the biggest infrastructure works. In particular, she enjoyed the challenges of moving an entire campus, as was done in 2004 in Prince Rupert. Most recently, shes been heavily involved with the Colleges Smithers Campus renewal and expansion project which she says is unique in that it is an addition on to a newly renovated existing portion of the building.

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