Durham College celebrates Employee Appreciation Day with new president, Dr. Elaine Popp

March 1 was a momentous day at Durham College (DC) as we celebrated Employee Appreciation Day and officially welcomed new president, Dr. Elaine Popp.

Scores of DC’s dedicated support staff, faculty and administrative employees filled the Rotary Global Classroom for a day of events that underscored why we’ve been named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers a remarkable 13 times.

As she took the reins as president, Dr. Popp greeted the crowd and shared her appreciation of the great work DC’s employees do every day.

“Today is about recognizing you. Each of you plays an integral role in supporting our students by creating an environment where they can learn, grow and thrive,” she said.

As she outlined the themes that will guide conversations and efforts as the college begins the work of developing its next Strategic Plan, Dr. Popp expressed her confidence that the DC community will make the most of the opportunities that the future holds.

“I have been part of the DC family for more than eight years, and I immediately realized that this is the best place to work and learn, supported by a positive and inclusive campus environment and organizational culture,” she said. “I am both proud of all we have accomplished together and energized by the possibilities that lie ahead.”

After hearing from the new president, attendees enjoyed a keynote speech on personal and organizational growth from award-winning advertising writer and creative director Ron Tite.

Commending DC’s many successes, he offered sage advice on how we can continue to lead the way in post-secondary education.

“You are so lucky to have a job within an organization that has a wonderful purpose, helping prepare the leaders of tomorrow,” he told the audience. “You are leading together, and you’re doing more important work than most people have the privilege of doing. I hope you’re proud of that.”

In the afternoon, employees had the opportunity to participate in professional development sessions as well as a mindfulness session.