2007 Recipient - Yvonne Adams
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Economics
For many Economics students Yvonne Adams is not a staff member – she is part of their family. Her willingness to go above and beyond to help students comes not from the job description, but personal choice.
Adams has worked in the Department of Economics for more than 34 years – the last six years as Graduate Coordinator – and it would not be stretching the truth to say everyone in Economics has an ‘Yvonne story’ to tell.
“She is a face of Western we can all be proud of,” says Associate Professor Audra Bowlus, adding Adams is the central figure Economic students learn to love. “She is the one they meet first; she is the one they chat with in the hall between classes; she is the one who helps them submit their thesis; and she is the first to congratulate them when they graduate.”
Director of Graduate Studies Todd Stinebrickner says Adams consistently exceeds the expectations set for her, excelling in all dimensions of her job.
“It is perhaps in her direct interactions with our graduate students that she shines most brightly. It is clear why our students adore her. In short, Yvonne is simply the best.”
For Adams, the unexpected honour turned out to be the perfect gift.
“The day I was told was my birthday, so it really made it a special day,” she says. “I feel very honored to be recognized and appreciated by so many colleagues. The overwhelming support I received is heartwarming.”
Adams adds she can’t imagine working anywhere else than the Department of Economics where she says the people she works with are “some of the most professional and dedicated people I know.”
“I can’t thank them enough for all they have done for me,” she says.
by Paul Mayne
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