2010 Recipient - Lesley Mounteer
Associate Director (External Services) Faculty of Engineering
Video of presentation of The Western Award of Excellence to Lesley Mounteer
The most common word used to describe Lesley Mounteer is passionate. Her dedication to the Western Engineering program and promotion of the engineering profession is unmatched.
As Associate Director (External Services) in the Faculty of Engineering, Mounteer oversees a variety of areas including student recruitment (undergraduate and graduate), career services, communications, alumni relations and development, and research.
“Lesley has proven to be nothing short of an essential staff resource; but more than simply doing her job, her leadership has made a critical impact on my own career and the careers of many others, including faculty, staff and students,” says Joel Adams, Executive Director of the Research Park.
“From her passionate and always understanding support of internal student groups and initiatives to her very successful efforts in reaching out to industry and potential students, Lesley’s contributions uniquely cover the full spectrum of the Western Engineering experience.”
Mounteer has dedicated many weekends to outreach initiatives, such as Go Eng Girl, along with helping a group of students bring the National Conference of Women in Engineering to Western in 2008.
A remarkable staff member, it isn’t surprising her commitment is focused on furthering the goals of others. If they succeed, she succeeds.
“Lesley is Western Engineering’s ambassador to the external community,” says Diana Lee, Graduate Services Co-ordinator (External Services). “Her network of both personal and professional contacts is staggering. Her dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism are evident as she promotes Western Engineering to the world.”
Mounteer has been known to practice a very rare leadership skill referred to as ‘supportive influence,’ carefully navigating the fine line between taking charge and being so supportive that the right actions occur.
“Lesley achieves this in a way that fosters teamwork, sets (everyone) up for success, while positioning herself just outside the limelight,” says James Serack, Chair of Advisory Council for Western Engineering. “It’s time to move the spotlight … and illuminate the outstanding achievement of Lesley Mounteer."
by Paul Mayne
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