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College administrator earns national accolades

Shawn Chorney of North Bay receives Leadership Excellence Award
Shawn Chorney is the vice-president of enrolment management, Indigenous and student services at Canadore College in North Bay. (Supplied photo)

A North Bay college administrator has been recognized with a national award for leadership excellence in the field of education.

Shawn Chorney, vice-president of enrolment management, Indigenous and student services at Canadore College, has received a 2018 Leadership Excellence Award from College and Institutes Canada (CICan).

CICan is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported post-secondary institutions, and works with government, industry and international partners to champion employment-focused post-secondary education that benefits learners and contributes to growing and prosperous communities.

“Anyone that has met Shawn knows that he doesn’t like to sit still, he’s open to new ideas and is grounded in doing the right thing for the right reasons,” said George Burton, president and CEO of Canadore College, in a news release.

“Above all else, I know Shawn to be a transformational leader in achieving positive results through his unique brand of relationship building, collaboration and entrepreneurship.”

According to the release, Chorney’s achievements include spearheading pilot projects to reduce poverty levels and dependency on social programs, strengthening Indigenous partnerships through education and reconciliation, empowering community building on many levels, forging a unique postsecondary partnership with social enterprise mogul ME to WE, revolutionizing how quickly and efficiently students receive tailored supports, and growing student enrolment substantively despite a downturn in system-wide trends and a pool of shrinking demographics.

Chorney has volunteered with the Nipissing Parry Sound Business Centre, the 2017 tour Governor General’s Leadership Conference, North Bay Downtown Inc. and the United Way of Nipissing-Sudbury.

CICan handed out the awards during its 2018 conference on April 30 in Victoria, BC.