Red Seal Award of Excellence 2011 presented to Shirley Dul
By Anthony Capkun
December 6, 2011 – The inaugural Red Seal Award of Excellence was presented on October 20 to Shirley Dul of Edmonton, former assistant deputy minister of Alberta Advanced Education and Technology and executive director of Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Dul was presented the award at the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) fall meeting in Ottawa.
“The Red Seal Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement in the development and promotion of apprenticeship and trade certification in Canada by an individual working within the apprenticeship system”, explained Kevin Evans, CCDA chair. “Shirley’s career exemplifies how vision and commitment in public service can impact people’s lives and careers.”
Dul provided leadership to the Alberta apprenticeship system for many years until her retirement earlier this year, says CCDA. During that period, the number of registered apprentices in Alberta grew from 20,000 to nearly 70,000. She also strengthened the system by supporting an industry-driven apprenticeship system.
The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program is a joint initiative of the provincial, territorial and federal governments. It is industry’s standard of excellence for the skilled trades. The Red Seal Award of Excellence will be awarded bi-annually.