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VCC Outstanding Alumni Award winners 2017

Posted on March 23, 2018

Vancouver Community College (VCC) has announced the winners of the prestigious 2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards.

These are the latest in a long line of VCC alumni that have made significant contributions to their industries and communities. Honorees represent five distinct categories and each winner has distinguished themselves with unique stories of success, inspiration, and dedication.

This year’s award winners include:

Jim Storie (Lifetime Achievement)

President and CEO (retired), The Vancouver Trolley Company
A preeminent figure in Vancouver’s hospitality, tourism,
and arts and culture scene.



Doreen Wong (Changemaker)
Faculty member, auto collision and refinishing, VCC
The only female instructor of auto collision in western Canada,
Doreen is a trailblazer for women in trades.




Nelly Gomez (Community Contribution)
Faculty member, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, VCC
Human rights’ activist / psychologist turned community
health nurse / instructor.



Neal Russell (Career Success)
President & General Manager, Protec Dental Laboratories Ltd. 
Dental technology graduate who founded one of the largest
and most successful dental laboratories in Canada.



Leah Patitucci (One to Watch)
Chef, The Pear Tree Restaurant
Award-winning Red Seal chef / baker who loves her craft 
and most recently was invited to participate on Culinary Team Canada.




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.