President's Service Award - Spring 1997
Eileen McLean has provided nearly thirty years of dedicated service to the University. Through her work with students, faculty, and support staff, she has been, and continues to be, a sterling example of commitment to the goals of the University, to the welfare of the students and to the programs of the College of Nursing. Her many supporters speak of "the dedication she has to both the students and the faculty," and of the fact that "on many occasions she has acted as mother, advisor, counselor, and crisis-interventionist to students facing problems of all sorts." Esther Grogin, Associate Professor in Nursing, says that "Eileen becomes the source of encouragement to students," while "at other times she may give the students firm directives about meeting the requirements set out by their professors." Eileen's care and concern lives on in the minds of graduates, as evidenced by their correspondence and visits, as well as invitations to address the graduation ceremonies. One former student comments, "what impressed me most about Eileen, was her personal interest in each individual who requested assistance. Despite the numerous tasks and responsibilities that she was challenged with in her day, she was invariably ready to counsel, advise, and encourage each student attending to their concerns. She was always available to provide accurate and timely information in a pleasant and helpful manner. Her kind, optimistic disposition enhanced the work environment and served to inspire others to adopt a similarly positive attitude towards studies at the university in general."
Former Dean of Nursing Una Ridley goes on to say, "Eileen has a great sense of humor. She has a quick and cheerful laugh that has livened up many a coffee break or Undergraduate Education Committee meeting." The current Dean of the School of Nursing at University of Lethbridge remembers, "There was never a time that her administrative responsibilities lacked comprehension, clarity or good judgment. The concept that "knowledge is power" is true, and Eileen was always generous in sharing her knowledge, thus empowering others in the College and University with information needed for prudent decision making."
Professor Donna Rae notes, "Eileen, as well as completing the formal functions of her position, has been the quiet inspiration behind many of the College functions. She regularly planned, assessed and implemented many of the formal events on behalf of and for the faculty...and for the students as well. Her dedication, constant smile and positive personality surely place her in that elite group who would be eligible for and worthy of the President's Service Award."
Another colleague, Judy Boychuck Duchscher, in commenting on the fact that Eileen has been an inspiration to her, adds: "Recently, Eileen has overcome phenomenal personal challenges, I believe she has raised the ante on courage and fortitude in times of adversity. Despite the hurdles she struggled to overcome, Eileen returned to work to support and care for all of us. Eileen is respected and admired for the model of humanness she has gallantly displayed."