2010 Recipient - Krys Chelchowski
Director of Administration and Information Services, Student Services Support Group
Video of presentation of The Western Award of Excellence to Krys Chelchowski
It’s safe to say Krys Chelchowski is the guiding force behind a great deal of the service Western provides to students. As Director of Administration and Information Services with Student Services Support Group for the eight years, Chelchowski has demonstrated enormous dedication and a high standard of excellence for the entire Western community.
“Krys is a born leader,” says Campus Community Police Service Director Elgin Austen. “I’ve found there is no task or problem that is too big or too small for Krys to willingly accept. Her self-initiative is motivating to others.” Chelchowski is everything Western strives for in its core values – excellence in leadership and supporting others to reach their potential; deep respect and value to others and their work; and a remarkable commitment to the thousands of students on campus.
While a supervisor to 26 employees and managing the budget of the entire Student Services portfolio, Chelchowski still found time to take charge of the recent move to the new Western Student Services Building.
“Krys is, without a doubt, one of the most talented members of the university’s administrative staff,” says Faculty of Information and Media Studies professor Roma Harris. “I have found her to be a wonderful and consistently supportive colleague. Although quiet and under-stated in manner, Krys is a powerful force behind the scenes.”
With her role on campus having such a tremendous impact - from the front line of day-to-day student service delivery to direction-setting for the entire university – Chelchowski does so with a desire to help others.
“My admiration and respect has grown with each passing year and with each challenge that has arisen,” says Leslie Lumsden, Director of The Student Success Centre. “I am now in a leadership role at Western and it is a true mark of Krys’ mentorship and quiet, yet powerful, leadership. She will always infuse respect for individual thought, due diligence for open communication and information gathering, creative visioning and she will always bring insight and positive energy to the situation.”
by Paul Mayne
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