Faculty of Education
Manager of the Operations Training Department, Bruce Power
On October 22, Mark Durham was presented with the Brock University’s Faculty of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, awarded annually to a former student who has excelled in education.
Mark received a BEd in Adult Education from Brock University in 2002. When he first began his studies in 2000, he was part of a small cohort group studying at Bruce Power in Kincardine.
Sandra Plavinskis, Coordinator of the Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach (CAECO) recalls meeting Mark for the first time and being impressed by his dedication. A hard-working student, he was also balancing a demanding professional role as Training Supervisor at Bruce Nuclear Generating Stations A and B.
“I was struck by his dedication to adult education and his enthusiasm for promoting the importance of life-long learning.”
After completing his BEd, Mark went on to pursue graduate studies at another institute, but always remained a supporter of Brock University. His professional success led to his current position as Manager of the Operations Training Department at Bruce Power, responsible for supervising a staff of 76 in both Field Operator and Main Control Room Operations (Certification) Training.
Mark continued to look for challenges and opportunities to contribute back to Brock University and the Faculty of Education. In April 2008, he joined CAECO as an Adult Education Facilitator, where he worked onsite at the Bruce Power Visitors Centre. There he was able to instruct and teach small groups of learners comprised of Bruce Power employees and other professionals involved in a variety of industries including real estate, agriculture, health care and community services.
Mark received high praise from his students both for his depth of knowledge and expertise in the field of adult education, but also for the support he gave them on their educational journey. A former student commented “Mark follows the principles of adult education. We are treated holistically and challenged while also supported. Mark encourages our authenticity ... Mark understands the realities.”
Mark is frequently called upon to present at industry conferences across Canada and oversees opportunities for the Operations Training Department to share and benchmark their training programs with industry peers. In 2011, CAECO invited him to provide the keynote address at the annual Facilitator Development Day at the Hamilton campus. A respected professional in his field and communities of engagement, Mark is a life-long learner and a champion of adult education.
“Mark is someone whose dedication and passion for knowledge and practice in adult education is evident through professional accomplishments within his industry and beyond,” says Dr. Candace Figg, Acting Director of CAECO. “He is an exemplary educator who makes a positive difference to those who encounter him. We value Mark as a friend to Brock University who speaks proudly of the degree he earned.”