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Twice a year, Vancouver Community College (VCC) holds Student Awards Ceremonies recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of talented and deserving students enrolled in the vast range of programs offered at VCC.
On Wednesday, May 27, the spring awards ceremony took place at VCC’s Broadway campus where a total of 209 awards were given out. VCC’s scholarships and awards are established to recognize academic excellence and to acknowledge students who demonstrate leadership in the classroom or in their community. Many award recipients have overcome significant obstacles and financial barriers to pursue their studies. These awards help encourage and support students in their journey to academic and career success.
Award recipients often explain that their education has been life changing and winning an award provides the affirmation they need to continue their chosen path with confidence. This year’s Read Jones Christofferson Award recipient, Fevie Sheena Camar completed her bachelor of nursing in the Philippines, before moving to Vancouver with her family, where she chose to pursue an education in drafting. She received her award last week from VCC alumnus and previous Read Jones Christofferson’s recipient, John Blok, who now works at the firm and was excited to return to VCC to recognize Fevie.
All of these awards are made possible through the generosity of individuals, corporations, associations and foundations that share VCC’s commitment to offering exceptional educational and training opportunities. Two new awards were presented this year; Éminence Organic Skincare, for a student enrolled in the VCC skin and body therapy program, exemplifying “the desire to deliver happiness and extraordinary service through promoting only the healthiest and most effective skin care products” and Edgemont Village Jeweller, for an “outstanding jewellery art and design student with creative ingenuity, technical excellence and strong presentation skills.”
“Philanthropy is often a circle. It’s simple. Someone who is touched by a gift goes on to give. And, we have many wonderful examples in this room.” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, VCC president and CEO.
With many donor representatives in attendance, the awards ceremonies provide a special opportunity for donors to directly connect with the recipients of their awards and the chance for students—and VCC—to thank their donors in person.
For more information on VCC’s financial awards including bursaries, scholarships and financial aid, visit our Financial Aid and Awards page including our Online Awards Guide. To make a donation, email email@example.com or visit our online Gift Catalogue at www.vcc.ca/catalogueofgifts
Visit the VCC Flickr site to view photos from the Spring Student Awards.