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Janis Pregnall

e-dition - Volume 24 Number 17

Janis Pregnall

(20 Years)

By Jo Snyder

Janis Pregnall came to The University of Winnipeg with 18 years of experience teaching jr. high in the public school system. For this, she was duly rewarded with the Margaret A. Johnston Memorial Teaching Excellence Award. Due to a hunger to teach, and a need for change, Pregnall started teaching conversational French at the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) in 1988, and then moved to English as a Second Language (ESL).

"Being a graduate of The University of Winnipeg, I always felt “at home” working here," Preganll said. "I really appreciated the opportunities I had over the years to work with and learn from so many excellent mentors. As well, I had the chance to teach many different courses in many disciplines, both on campus and with the Division of Continuing Education. In doing so, I worked with administration, staff, and students with many different backgrounds and learned a great deal from all of them."

She made her mark on the language program from the very beginning and has been a central figure is building the DCE program in the languages area. In fact, Pregnall has been part of the planning and delivery process for almost every program in the English Language Program that DCE has offered. Among these are the homestay program, the socio-culture program and the language partner program.

Most recently, Pregnall served as the academic coordinator of the English Language Program, ensuring classes were as meaningful and interactive as possible. Pregnall has had a huge impact on her students and co-workers. Instructors were regularly in and out of her office, and her advice was constantly sought. The English Language Program staff describes her as always ready to laugh and enjoy herself, a wise person, professional, and a master teacher. Pregnall has touched the lives of hundreds of international students that have come to this university. She recently began teaching teachers who received their certificates outside of Canada.

As a people person, Pregnall will miss the daily contact with the students and instructors  in the ELP. "I’ll also miss seeing the friends I have made in many departments of administration, both at DCE and on campus," she said.

In retirement, Pregnall and husband Geoff plan to travel, starting with a trip to Spain. She will also continue doing some teaching and become involved with various projects in the field of education. She also hopes to do some volunteer work and look upon retirement, not as a time to sleep, "but as a time to waken to the beauty of the world around us and the joy that comes with allowing serenity to prevail in our lives."

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