Meet our Team is an ongoing blog series that features Bow Valley College faculty and staff.
Kelty Christensen has worked at Bow Valley College for seven years - first as a Learner Success and Retention Officer with the Centre's immigrant youth programs and more recently as the Intercultural Centre's Learner Engagement Officer.
Every work day is different for Kelty. In her role, Kelty is responsible for the ICan Crew Community Volunteerism program, and she meets regularly with learners to orient them to volunteer roles. Along with her colleagues, she plans workshops and events that are hosted by the IC, including TEDxBowValleyCollege and Alberta Culture Days. She also creates opportunities for learners to get involved in workshops and events hosted by the IC, like the learner-led workshops called Teach Your Talent. A large part of her role is meeting with staff and faculty from different College departments to promote volunteerism through the IC and to look at ways to collaborate and create opportunities for learners to engage.
What do you like most about your job?
I am inspired all of the time by our learners. I have the opportunity to work with learners from all over the college. The one common thread that I find among them is their desire to connect and be part of something outside of their program requirements. Learners enjoy volunteering their time, they just needed to be presented with opportunities.
What’s one thing that you’ve learned since working here?
That our leaners are an amazing resource of knowledge that I couldn’t acquire from reading books, or attending workshops or courses.
What do you value most about your colleagues?
Their creativity! I constantly feel honored and blessed to work with such an amazing and inspiring group of women.
Who is an educator that has impacted your life?
Traditional educators aside, I would have to say my dad. He has taught me to strive to be authentic, to encourage and celebrate each person’s greatness, to be positive, accepting and nurturing of differences and show respect, kindness and compassion towards people. He is a great man, and I would love to emulate the qualities that he possesses.
What are three traits that are important in your role?
Organization, relationship building, and teamwork.
Can you describe an aha moment you have experienced in your role?
Observing a learner who was terrified to stand up in front of a group as an MC, give a brilliant speech. Seeing that moment of success and pride on a learner's face is why I love my job.
What do you want to learn this year?
Impromptu Speaking. I joined BVC Toastmasters last year in an effort to improve my public speaking.
What is your favorite book?
It depends on my mood. I usually have at least 2 or 3 on the go at a time. A few of my all-time favorites are Pillars of the Earth and Soul Shifts.
Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.
I worked in brain injury rehabilitation for many years.