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2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards winners

Posted on June 5, 2014

News-OAA-2014-380x293Vancouver Community College (VCC) has named its latest round of winners for its prestigious 2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards.

The honorees are the latest in a long line of VCC alumni who have made significant contributions to their industries and communities. Representing five distinct categories, each winner has distinguished themselves with unique stories of success and dedication.

The winners will be honored at an invitation-only reception on June 10 in the Aboriginal Gathering Space on VCC’s Broadway campus. This year’s award winners include:

Honorary Alumnus: Gottfried (Guff) Muench – Industry leader and VCC supporter who gives back through volunteerism and philanthropy.

Changemaker: Paul Cecconi – Cecconi graduated from VCC in 1995 with a Culinary Arts certificate and is a farm-to-table chef and owner of BRODO Kitchen in Penticton, B.C.

Community Contribution: Brenda Stewart – Stewart received a diploma in 2012 from VCC’s Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) program. She’s a dedicated ESL tutor, book club leader and volunteer extraordinaire.

Career Success: Mark Andrew – A 2006 graduate from our Hospitality Management degree program, Mark is a well-respected and seasoned hotelier with a distinguished career that has spanned Canada and the US, and currently holds the position of Regional Vice-President and General Manager of the Fairmont Washington, DC.

One to Watch: Daniel Ruiz – Since earning his bachelor in applied music in 2012, Ruiz has become an accomplished professional musician, jamming as the drummer for well-known Vancouver band BESTiE.

The Outstanding Alumni Awards were established to recognize the outstanding achievements of our graduates and non-alumni who have made a significant contribution to VCC and/or the local community. For more information on the winners and awards, please visit VCC’s Outstanding Alumni Awards page.