Durham College recognized for faculty leadership, sustainability efforts by Colleges and Institutes Canada

Oshawa, Ont. – Durham College (DC) is a double winner in this year’s Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Awards of Excellence after the organization recognized faculty member Laura Maybury and DC’s sustainability efforts both with bronze awards in their selected categories.

Laura Maybury, Leadership Excellence Award for Faculty

During her 10-year tenure at DC, Maybury, Program Coordinator for DC’s Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) and Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA) program has benefitted both students and the community by supporting health care training and bridging the gap between post-secondary education and industry.

“I am proud that Laura’s dedication and exemplary leadership is being recognized at the national level,” said Dr. Jean Choi, Vice President, Academic at Durham College. “She is passionate about helping her students succeed and she serves as an inspiration as an approachable, supportive and thought-provoking educator.”

Maybury said she feels honoured to be selected to receive the award.

“I have been so fortunate to work in the rehab field for almost 20 years and at Durham College for the past 10 years, working daily with an inspiring and dedicated team of faculty, leadership and community partners,” she said. “The work that rehabilitation professionals do to promote recovery, reduce the impact of health conditions and enable participation is so very important and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share that passion with our students, and support them in becoming exceptional OTA and PTAs who contribute meaningfully to the lives of those in their communities.”

Durham College, Excellence in Sustainable Development Award

At DC sustainability is a way of life. We are supporting the advancement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by taking meaningful action within our own institution and drawing on our strengths in collaboration and innovation to help transform our local and global community.

Initiatives like The Barrett Centre of Innovation in Sustainable Urban Agriculture, the Vanhaverbeke Family EV Training Centre, the Energy Innovation Centre and the Social Impact Hub all drive applied research and hands-on learning aimed at improving health, creating education opportunities, reducing inequality and spurring economic growth all while tackling climate change.

“Sustainability is embedded in everything we do at Durham College,” said DC President Dr. Elaine Popp. “We believe it is our duty as an educational institution to foster stewardship of the resources and land on which we live. We want to lead by example, demonstrating environmental responsibility for our students so they can run the organizations of tomorrow with conservation front of mind. I am proud to be recognized for the work we do across our organization to prioritize sustainability and proud to lead by example in our community.”




About Durham College

With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby, Durham College (DC) offers over 13,700 full-time post-secondary and 2,300 apprenticeship students access to more than 145 programs, including six honours bachelor degrees and nine apprenticeship programs. 

DC enables students to develop career-ready skills for the ever-changing job market by providing an exceptional college education. With a focus on experiential learning, led by expert faculty, through field placements, applied research, co-ops and other hands-on opportunities, DC grads are known for having the skills and knowledge employers need.


Media Contacts

Reka Szekely
Communications, Durham College