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Public Servant of the Year

24th July 2012 <b>Public</b> Servant of the Year

Congratulations to Paul Hutchison, Student Services Manager who was awarded the Public Servant of the Year title at the Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards.

This new award recognises the work of an individual in the public sector who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help an individual or the community. Paul Hutchison has worked at Calderdale College for 25 years as a motor vehicle tutor initially but for the majority of time as member of the student services team. Paul has taught, supported and had a positive impact on the lives of 1000's of young people and adults from Calderdale and the surrounding boroughs.

His dedication and more so his ability to put the needs of the individual first has enabled him to provide realistic solutions to a wide range of issues he has faced over his time working at the college. He deals with every problem as if it where his or his own child's and for this reason he receives regular positive feedback from clients, colleagues and external partners he has worked with for over a 1/4 of a century. The list of students who Paul has supported to successfully complete their studies and become active citizens goes on and on.

As well as his work with learners Paul is a highly regarded colleague and is the most sought out member of college staff when people have problems and don't know what to do. Again he is calm and pays careful attention to the issues making the person presenting feel reassured that a resolution will be found.

Paul commented “May I take this opportunity to say how delighted and proud I am to be granted the award of Public Servant of the year 2012. To be nominated by my colleagues for my efforts over the years is truly an honour. The awards evening was a wonderful event spent in the company of other awards winners and nominees. My Partner Jacquie and I, Craig Tupling and Christine Eckersly enjoyed an evening I will not forget in a long time.

An award of this this nature must be shared with many people, so I thank everyone who over the years have contributed to the work I have done both in and out of Calderdale College. In particular I thank the many learners and clients for placing in me their trust. Most of all I dedicate this award to Joan and Harry, my late parents, for making me the man I am today.”

Paul does not confine his good work to the College as a trustee of the Percival Whitley Trust Paul continues, through his work with the trust, to ensure that those who are most disadvantaged get the opportunity to fulfil their potential and better their lives.

Craig Tupling, Assistant Vice-Principal, of the College commented “Paul Hutchison is a champion of the Further Education sector and of teaching and learning as a whole. He has dedicated his life to improving the life chances of Calderdale residents for over 25 years”

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