2013 Recipients



Alex Fancy
Professor Emeritus, Drama
Mount Allison University

Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. Some volunteers are specifically trained; others serve on an as-needed basis. Alex serves because he cares deeply and about learning, teaching and STLHE.

Anyone who has met Alex would describe him as a kind, gentle and caring man—full of energy and passion for his subject, his students and his colleagues. He is an attentive listener and makes a conscious effort to hear and understand what people say. He is able to steer complex discussions into opportunities for rich and effective collaboration. His calm demeanor coupled with his sense of sensitivity and fairness, has increased the level of productivity and teamwork in groups with different views and interest.

Since becoming a 3M National Teaching Fellow in 1988, Alex has taken on many volunteer roles: Member of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship Selection Committee, Member of the Organizing Committee for the 18th Annual STLHE Conference, Facilitator for the first 3M Think Tank, and Member of the STLHE Board of Directors. In his capacity as Chair of the Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows, he worked to create a set of governing bylaws, and was instrumental in the production of two important books—“Making a Difference” and “Silences in Teaching and Learning.”

In every field of work, the most highly regarded people are those who are the best at what they do. Alex presents his best work all the time.




Ron Marken
Professor Emeritus, English
University of Saskatchewan

During the past 16 years as an STLHE member and for 40 years as a faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan, Ron Marken has been an exemplary volunteer dedicated to Canadian higher education. Through his many contributions to STLHE and beyond, Ron has truly made a difference in the lives of his students and peers, extending his efforts beyond the classroom by volunteering tremendous amounts of time and dedication to mentoring teachers, educational developers, and student leaders across the country.

Ron’s contributions to STLHE are many. He currently serves on 3M Council Executive, the 3M Selection Committee and has served as the Coordinator for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship since 2010. Together, these positions require many hours of time, dedication, and careful deliberation each year. Ron has contributed to graduate teacher training, mentoring peers, and volunteering or assisting his colleagues wherever else needed. Ron stands as the Volunteer of Volunteers. Gentle as a grandfather, deeply inspiring as a beloved guru, unapologetically human as only the deepest souls can be, he is consensually loved and admired by those who had the privilege of working with him.