2010 Recipient - Mitch Zimmer
Writer and Publication Officer, Faculty of Science
Video of presentation of The Western Award of Excellence to Mitch Zimmer
Within the Faculty of Science, and in particular the Office of the Dean, Mitch Zimmer is known as the person to ask if you want to make a bold, professional and lasting impression on students or, in many cases, potential students.
Zimmer’s official job designation is ‘science writer,’ a scant two words to describe someone who has become one of the faculty’s most respected and valuable colleagues. His job actually entails writing, web design, graphic design, photography, event planning, public relations, media relations, outreach and much more.
“Mitch has an overarching secret that makes him an ideal member of the Faculty of Science family,” says Professor Emeritus Patrick Whippey. “He is willing to help out anyone at any time for whatever job needs to be done.”
Even new faculty members are seeing the importance of Zimmer. Earth Sciences professor Gail Atkinson says the quality of his work is excellent, while appreciating his availability, co-operation and responsiveness.
“From speaking to others, I understand that his outstanding, cheerful and ready attitude, and his tireless work in helping others – which I consider to be quite remarkable – is just ‘business as usual’ with Mitch.”
Zimmer’s leadership takes on a number of forms, as seen through his dedication, commitment and skill, and a role best described as ‘unobtrusive mentorship.’
“He puts Western first,” says Martha Fediw, Academic Counsellor in the Faculty of Engineering, who worked with Zimmer on an outreach event.
“You could tell by the way he spoke to people that he was passionate about working at Western and what Western had to offer. Mitch is friendly, personable and a joy to work with. He is the type of staff member everyone would want in their office.”
Patrick Therrien, Business Development Manager for WORLDiscoveries, says it’s Zimmer’s “quiet confidence” he admires.
“He exhibits the kind of work ethic and professionalism that one wishes were characteristic of all Western employees, says Therrien. “To find such constant striving to deliver and improve in an employee is truly admirable.
by Paul Mayne
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