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Northwest Community College announces new leadership roles

TERRACE- After a period of restructuring that included difficult and regrettable cuts across the institution, Northwest Community College is now embarking on a period of renewal with the goal of becoming the regions first choice for post-secondary education. I think we have come through a difficult time, says Dr. Denise Henning, president of the college. We are a family that had to make some tough choices, but the future is looking bright as we seek opportunities to prepare our communities for a blossoming vibrant economy in the region. Among the changes is the arrival of Phil Saunders as the new director of Communications & Public Relations. A senior communications professional and award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Saunders spent last year working at the University of Victoria and worked for Royal Roads University as a frontline media relations contact since 2004. Also new to the college is Armando Garcia who is now manager of Facilities and Maintenance. Garcia has over 25 years of experience in the field in Florida where among his roles was electrical plan reviewer for the City of Miami Beach. He led building code compliance, supervised inspectors and was LEED AP Certified for new buildings and licensed for fire safety inspection for the state. John Ross has accepted a temporary assignment as the Community/Industry and Education Liaison to Kitimat and Kitamaat. John, who was raised in Kitimat his family has been there since 1956, has a strong connection to the community. Ruth Wheadon has been appointed to the position of Community Education Liaison for Haida Gwaii. Gerry Gauthier Dean of University Arts & Sciences, Health and Human Services will have Business Administration added to his portfolio. Denis Caron is acting as interim Dean of Trades, Workforce Training and Continuing Studies. Alice Maitland is the Director of the East Central Region and Institute for Leadership. At the end of September, after more than two decades with the college, Lianne Gagnon, Dean of Student Development and Instruction and the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, will be leaving the region and moving to Niagara on the Lake in Ontario to assume a leadership role with Niagara College. Regional Director East Region Regina Saimoto will act as interim Dean of Developmental Programs and initiatives, literacy initiatives, information and computer technology, applied business technology and library services. Director of Institutional Research and Registrar Debbie Stava will also direct the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coastal Art and the Aboriginal Service Plan development. Danielle Smyth is the Director for the East Region, Natural Resources and School of Exploration and Mining as well as overseeing the Houston Learning Centre. Tlell Glover is now the project administrator for the School of Exploration and Mining. Irlanda Price will manage the colleges educational advisors, First Nations access coordinators, learning assistance specialists, accessibility coordinators, student success and bridging initiatives, the student appeals and complaint process, Elders in Residence and Aboriginal Service Plan student initiatives and services and act as student union liaison.

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