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Focus on Teaching Conference – Day 3
Cambrian has teamed up with Georgian College to facilitate this 3-day virtual conference from May 4-6
Excellence in teaching and engaging students in learning is both challenging and exciting. The Focus on Teaching Conference has traditionally provided a forum to:
- celebrate the work of teachers in a fun, engaging, and rewarding way;
- dialogue with colleagues from across disciplines;
- engage in informed and constructive conversations related to the complexities of teaching and learning; and
- share strategies and insights that increase teaching and learning effectiveness.
Flower Darby celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome and support all students as they learn and succeed.
As faculty and an instructional designer, she’s taught community college and university classes for over 24 years in a range of subjects including English, technology, leadership, dance and Pilates. A seasoned face-to-face and online educator, Darby loves to apply learning science across the disciplines and to help others do the same.
Darby speaks, writes, presents and consults on teaching and learning theory and practice, both nationally and internationally. She has helped educators all over the world become more effective in their work.
She is the co-author of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes, alongside James M. Lang. She’s also a columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her new book on emotion science and teaching with technology is forthcoming from West Virginia University Press.
“Peggy” Margaret Ann Pitawanakwat is the Cultural Coordinator for First Peoples @ Seneca, which is the office for Indigenous Services at Seneca College.
Peggy and her husband Bernie are parents of a son and granddaughter. Peggy is Anishinaabe, her Dodem is Thunderbird and she comes from a large family of siblings and extended family.
She was the first female Chief (1997-1998) of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, a First Nation on Manitoulin Island in the middle of the great lakes in northern Ontario.
Peggy has over 40 years of experience working in Indigenous communities in an array of services. She continues to dedicate service and commitment for Indigenous advancement with her work on boards and committees. Currently, she is serving on the Thunder Woman’s Healing Lodge Society, a service to assist Indigenous women from correctional facilities find a new path in life through embracing culture and traditions.
Since 2011, she has supported countless Indigenous students and augments Indigenous education initiatives. Peggy believes in creating a supportive community, welcoming Indigenous people to a safe place of learning. A place that is a home away from home where activity and growth nourish personal well-being from Indigenous ways of knowing.
Her artwork can be seen helping to Indigenize the campus landscape with a number of Seneca College projects, including the logo for the Seneca Student Federation campus store, the scarf design for the Flight Attendant program uniform attire, the label image for Seneca Honey, an Indigenous version of the varsity team mascot Sammy Sting, and the Odawa creation story for the Seneca urban farm.
Her academic background includes Business and Life Skills Coach Trainer from Cambrian College, Mediation from Osgoode Law School and Counsellor Training from the Native Counsellor Training Program. Peggy has been the recipient of “Woman of the Year” with the Ontario Native Women’s Association. More recently, she was awarded the 2020 gold for Leadership Excellence from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). CICan is the national and international voice of Canada’s public support to colleges.