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Social Sciences team members shine at President’s Award ceremony

This year’s annual President’s Awards for Outstanding Service reception took place on May 30, with 11 awards, honouring 103 members of the McMaster community who have made an outstanding contribution to the mission of the University. The Faculty of Social Sciences shone, taking home 3 awards for their exceptional service to the Faculty, McMaster University and the greater Hamilton community.

Jun 04, 2017

It is with great pride that we announce the following winners of the 2017 McMaster University President’s Awards for Outstanding Service.

Individual Recipients:

Corinne Jehle, Administrative Assistant, Graduate Program: Sociology

“Corinne has been a passionate advocate for her students and faculty, often going above and beyond to ensure that their experience is positive and successful.” - Stephanie Baschiera, Associate Registrar and Graduate Secretary, School of Graduate Studies

For 27 years Corinne Jehle has been helping Sociology students succeed. She is the heart of the Sociology Graduate program, helping students successfully navigate the graduate experience.

Over the past decade Corinne has been central to the Sociology’s Department successful increase in the number of graduate students applying for and receiving highly competitive and prestigious scholarships such as the Ontario Trillium, SSHRC and Ontario Graduate Scholarships.

Corinne has also taken a lead role in supporting professional development and formalizing best practices for the Graduate Assistants in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Courtney Sheppard, Information Technology Analyst: Faculty of Social Sciences

“Courtney Sheppard is remarkable.  Her role as an Information Technology Analyst within the Faculty of Social Sciences seems to me, to be an understatement of what she actually brings to the University.” - Richard Godsmark, Director of Technology at McMaster University

Everything Courtney does is connected to her intrinsic belief that her role is to facilitate and support the research and learning process.

She ensures McMaster researchers have the tools required to produce the type of research that has led to policy change, innovation, and community projects.

Courtney played an integral role in creating functional, Active Learning Classrooms in the recently opened Wilson Hall. She provided the technological know-how and staff training required to use current technology to its best advantage helping foster student development.

Courtney has an innate sense of fairness and is passionate about ensuring inclusivity for all. She demonstrates this daily by fostering a culture of inclusivity and diversity. An example of her commitment to inclusivity is her independent decision to spearhead improvements to accessibly in Wilson Hall.

She is an active member of the Hamilton community and volunteers regularly teaching digital literacy to children through the public library. She was also the principle organizer of the recent McMaster March for Science.

Team Recipients:

PAWSS Project Team (Pups Advising Within Social Sciences)

“The unconditional love found in these dogs reminds students of home allowing them to deal and mitigate loneliness, depression, homesickness, and a number of issues.” – Tim Daly, Student/President of McMaster Social Sciences Society (MSSS) 2016/17

The PAWSS Project (Pups Advising Within Social Sciences) works with certified therapy dogs, staff and faculty help students adjust to university life, manage stress and anxiety, and join together through their love of dogs.

The program had its beginnings in Fall 2014 when the Faculty of Social Sciences partnered with the Hamilton Burlington SPCA. ‘Certified Friendly’ dogs were invited to campus to visit with students.

After the success of the initial visit, Scout, a lovable border collie owned by Social Sciences Academic Advisor Suzanne Hunt, joined the team. Lily, a gorgeous labradoodle, became our Canine Academic Advisor in 2015. Lily works in the Academic Advising office with, First Year Advisor Kelli Cale every Wednesday. All Social Sciences students are encouraged to drop in for a visit (and a snuggle) with Lily.

The PAWSS Team includes all members of the Undergraduate Academic Advising office. Hats off to the entire team who go above and beyond normal duties to support this wonderful initiative.


The PAWSS Project Team

  • Lily, Canine Academic Advisor
  • Scout, Canine Communications Specialist
  • Kelli Cale, Academic Advisor (Lily’s owner)
  • Suzanne Hunt, Academic Advisor (Scout’s owner)
  • Lynn Giordano, Assistant Dean
  • Melanie Pohl, Administrative Assistant
  • Meghan Bregar, Program Coordinator
  • Wendy Spencer, Academic Advisor
  • Theresa Marrin, Administrative Coordinator
  • Tina Horton, Academic Advisor
  • Priya Moraes, Work Study Student

See the full list of 2017 President’s Award Recipients