Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Lots of Good Stuff!

   It's been a very busy and good few weeks! Back in January, we were delighted to be asked to provide music for our niece's wedding which took place two weekends ago. Jeff did a beautiful job! He pre-recorded himself playing Pachelbel's Canon in D on the keyboard, then accompanied himself on the banjo for the bride's entrance on the arm of her proud, emotional dad. It was perfect! (I wonder how many brides have walked down the aisle to banjo picking?) He also played another piano solo, a guitar solo and he accompanied me as I sang the recessional song.

The setting for the wedding was lovely and the weather was simply beautiful...

...the musician handsome...

 ...and the couple very sweet and in love. It was a special day 
and the beginning of what I am sure will be a happy marriage.

Early the next morning Jeff and I headed off to Ottawa for the annual Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) conference. We stayed at this nice little inn... door to some familiar buildings on a picturesque hill!

Jeff received a great honour at the conference:

Fanshawe College Professor Wins ACCC National Teaching Excellence Award

Ottawa, ON, May 26, 2014 – Professor Jeff Sadler, Coordinator of the Recreation and Leisure Services program at Ontario’s Fanshawe College, has been awarded the Gold Teaching Excellence Award by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).

"Jeff Sadler is a passionate and extremely student-focused teacher who embodies our values wonderfully," said Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin. "His captivating enthusiasm and his consistent commitment to high personal and academic standards make Jeff an invaluable asset to Fanshawe. We're thrilled he has received this award."

Admired by his colleagues and students alike, Professor Sadler is recognized for his astonishing command of his subject matter and his exemplary dedication to his students.

A dynamic and enthusiastic teacher, Jeff Sadler also demonstrates leadership and dedication outside the classroom, supporting students and helping the college with curriculum and program development. Sadler has also played a key role in forging ties with a variety of community partners in order to constantly improve the applied education components of his program.

“Canadian colleges offer some of the best learning opportunities thanks to the dedicated teachers who bring knowledge and real world experience to the classroom,” said Denise Amyot, ACCC President and CEO. “As our Teaching Excellence Award winners show us, college professors regularly go above and beyond to create a positive learning environment for our students.”

 Not bad, eh?

Then last week it was announced that the little Glanworth library will re-open on Monday, June 23rd. The ceremony will be at 1 p.m. As you can see in this photo, the sidewalk/ramp has been poured and just needs some finishing touches.

There's a nice, gentle incline up to the new accessible side door.

I love that there are still cows in the backyard!

We will all soon be back visiting, browsing, reading, crafting and enjoying our little Glanworth Library!

Enjoy your day,

Judy Ann

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