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Sandra Preston retires!

Congratulations on your retirement Sandy... and THANK YOU.

Jun 25, 2021

From her deep roots in the Hamilton community and the first time she taught Introduction to Social Work, to her appointment as Director of Experiential Education for the Faculty of Social Sciences and now as Chair of the School of Social Work’s BSW program... from her Honours BA in Psychology to her PhD in Sociology 20 years later...

Sandra Preston has learned and taught, mentored everyone around her in the crafts and politics of teaching and learning, and supported the pathways of countless students. 

It depends on when you start counting, but if you start with her BA, Sandy has been at McMaster for 45 years.

Throughout her time here, she always stayed connected to her community and inspired so many in Hamilton to work for change.

On June 18th we gathered to celebrate Sandy’s career at McMaster and her immeasurable contributions to all of us and to this community.

Bonnie Freeman presented her with this cornhusk doll. The doll was made by Elizabeth Doxtater’s niece Angel, the third generation of doll makers in the family. The doll “represents intergenerational healing as opposed to the intergenerational trauma that often becomes sensationalized in the media.  The basket represents all of those gifts that a person shares and protects for and with her family, clan, nation, village, others villages and with the whole world.”

With endless thanks Sandy, for all of the gifts you have shared and protected.

Take a look at the "Words about Sandy" contributed by all of Sandy's fans!