Melville, SK – Dr. Fay Myers, President of Parkland College, has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. This commemorative medal marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The Government of Canada is celebrating this milestone by honouring 60,000 outstanding Canadians for their contributions or distinguished service to their fellow citizens, to their community and to their country.
Dr. Myers was chosen for this honour after being nominated by the Parkland College Board of Governors. Her career in adult education spans over 25 years through various roles with the regional colleges of Saskatchewan, central government, and positions on many boards and task forces contributing to the community.
Dr. Myers has served as President of Parkland College since 1997. Under her leadership, Parkland College has grown in its mandate to provide training and education to adults within the region. The college’s annual budget has more than doubled in her time as president, and twice as many full-time employees are now working to serve the college’s students and business partners. Dr. Myers has been instrumental in setting a vision for Parkland College and post-secondary education in Saskatchewan to train youth – in particular Aboriginal youth – to fully participate in the workforce.
In her teachings, research and leadership, Dr. Myers demonstrates a love for life-long learning and the ability to lead and develop others in their chosen careers. She portrays a strong work ethic and high expectations for herself and others. In her leadership, time and effort, she distinguishes herself as a leader among those with whom she works throughout the province and nationally.
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.