January 2022 - Karen Anderson
Nominated by Elizabeth Henderson
It was a Santa Claus moment. I checked the previous recipient list, then checked it twice, to be sure I had the opportunity and honour of nominating Karen Anderson for the Golden Bull Award.
When people walk in our front door, Karen is there to greet them. Students, vendors, community members, staff and faculty. When any of us walk into the Dean’s area on the third floor, Karen is usually the first person we see. Whether you need directions, information, help with the arcane machinations of office equipment, or almost anything else, if she can’t help you, she probably knows who can. I consider her an honourary member of the community engagement team because she provides meaningful community engagement every single day.
If our culture exists in an environment of mutual trust and respect, it’s because we work with people like Karen. She is always professional, courteous, helpful (my office plants are alive because of her!) and knowledgeable, but also has a wicked sense of humour when the opportunity presents itself. She is courageous when it comes time to share her ideas and experiences, something I took note of especially during the last two pandemic years when she was essentially our front-line worker at the school, without the option of retreating to safety and working from home. She brings her humanity to work, and we are all better because of it.
Some people are leaders because they have that title. Others are leaders because they command the respect and appreciation of the people around them. Karen is this person. She is a cultural leader at Haskayne and is most deserving of this award.