George Brown's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management received an award from the Canadian Armed Forces for the support it provided to a student who had to put his studies on hold to serve in Afghanistan.
Gregory Lee is a student in the Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) program. He's also a reservist and was called upon to serve overseas in his first year of the program. Lee was deployed to Afghanistan March to November 2012 as part of Operation Attention.
Professor and Program Coordinator Paula Johnson and other staff and faculty members at the school worked with Lee to figure out new program paths when he returned because the curriculum had changed while he was overseas.
"We worked with him and his professors to find the best way to take the old courses and the new courses and redesign the program for him," Johnson explains, "so that he could get through with relative ease."
Johnson accepted the Best Practices in Educator Support award from the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) on March 29, 2017 at a ceremony at Queen's Park.
Lee is pleased the school was recognized for helping him transition back into his program.
"It's important to acknowledge what George Brown did - they helped me greatly in my program," he says. "I think it's important to put this kind of thing forward, not just for the school, but for the people who were behind it, Dr. Paula Johnson and Dr. Joanne Gellatly."
Photo credit: Left to right: Professor Joanne Gellatly, Captain Greg Lee – a George Brown College student and reservist with 32 Service Battalion – and Dr. Paula Johnson celebrate the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s award for Best Practices in Educator Support (Support to International Operations) after the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) provincial awards ceremony for Ontario at Queen’s Park on March 29, 2017.