Doug Light Career Achievement

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About the Doug Light Career Achievement Award

When OCASA formed in 1995, one of the first tasks of those early leaders was to recognize the achievements of their peers. College administrators have a long history of being leaders in a system that is always adapting. Innovation, excellence, and significant contributions have helped to forge new programs, new centres of study and new ways of delivering postsecondary education.

The award is named for the late Doug Light who served 26 years as a college administrator, including terms as president of two colleges, Centennial College in Scarborough and George Brown College in Toronto.

The OCASA Doug Light Career Achievement Award, named in 2013, pays tribute to an administrator within the Ontario college system who has significantly influenced college education throughout her/his career, demonstrating the following:

  • leadership (innovation, vision, enterprise, impact, involvement)
  • contribution to others (students, college, college system, community)
  • outstanding performance (team involvement, achievements, beyond job expectations, recognition by others).

While nominees must be administrators, their career achievement may include efforts during their time as support staff or faculty if it falls within the criteria listed above. The recipient of this award is highly respected by her/his colleagues and peers and their contributions have helped to shape colleges. Their contribution typically happens on a regional, provincial or national level. They have left their mark for the betterment of colleges.