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2014 Award Winner Bios
Police Technology ’73
Delaney Chisholm began his career in 1973 as a 20-year-old recruit with the New Glasgow Regional Police Department in Nova Scotia. Since then, he has served his force in a number of different capacities, from patrol, to Major Crime Investigation supervisor, to Deputy Chief of Police Operations. Today, he is the New Glasgow Regional Police Service’s Chief of Police. Throughout his career, Delaney has led the service through many important and difficult investigations.
Recently, Delaney led the merger of the New Glasgow and Trenton Police Services. He has served on a number of provincial and national committees, including chairing the Executive Committee of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia and sitting on the Executive of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association.
Delaney was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Honourable Peter MacKay in recognition of his outstanding contributions and dedicated service to his community. He is also a recipient of the Federal Police Exemplary Police Service 40-year service medal.
“I credit my appointment as Chief of Police for my communities to the support and influence of past police academy alumni and the training and skills that I received from the Atlantic Police Academy,” said Chisholm. “Holland College gave me skills and knowledge that have benefited my career.”
Susan LeFort is a trailblazer. She was the first woman ever to complete Holland College’s Welding Fabrication program, which she followed with the added profile of precision machinist. The day after she completed her training, Susan began working for Advanced Medical Technologies (now Tube Fab Ltd.), where she held various posts, ranging from welding, machining, CNC programmer, source inspector, shop foreman, production manager, plant manager and on to senior management with additional duties includes including HR and sales. During these years, Susan attained her Certificate of Qualification as Machinist with Red Seal endorsement.
In 2009, Susan transferred her considerable knowledge of the trades to the Province of P.E.I, with the Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning where, as the Manager of Apprenticeship and Training, she worked to encourage Islanders to consider the trades as a rewarding career while ensuring that a skilled workforce exists in Prince Edward Island. Currently, Susan holds the position of Business Development Officer for the Aerospace and Defence sectors with Innovation PEI.
Susan was an early advocate in the region for women in the trades and has worked tirelessly to encourage more women to consider non-traditional occupations, citing the gratification of hands-on work, as well as the potential for a highly fulfilling career. Additionally, she has volunteered her time and expertise provincially, nationally, and internationally with Skills Canada and she has performed the roles of mentor, trainer, judge, and expert for Skills Canada and WorldSkills competitions.
“I am fortunate to have chosen a career that has allowed me so many opportunities. What a great foundation my Holland College training was,” said LeFort
Norma Lee MacLeod is a household name in the Maritimes as a broadcast journalist with an illustrious career at the CBC spanning three decades. Many Islanders still remember her earliest work, announcing the weather on CBC Charlottetown’s evening news. Since then she has worked as host, producer, and reporter for CBC News Nova Scotia and host of the national CBC Newsworld programs CBC Morning and Health Matters, as well as Maritime Magazine on CBC Radio One. She is currently the producer and host of the popular CBC Radio One phone-in show, Maritime Noon.
Norma Lee was the first winner of Holland College’s Hartwell Daley Journalism Award, and has since been recognized regionally with two Atlantic Journalism Awards and nationally with two Gemini Award nominations, one for best news anchor and one for best host/interviewer for Health Matters.
Norma Lee frequently volunteers her time and talents for fundraising and outreach efforts in her community. In addition, she has excelled in martial arts, earning a third-degree black belt in karate. She competes regularly and is a frequent medalist in her sport.
“It’s an honour to be chosen and I hope in some way my work has brought honour to Holland College,” said MacLeod. “The practical training I received opened the door for me and meant I was ready when luck and chance brought opportunity my way.”