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On Friday Nov. 20, Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to celebrate the success, hard work, and achievements of 194 deserving students in its second virtual Student Awards ceremony. The event was held on Zoom for donors and recipients, and broadcasted through Facebook Live stream for friends and family.
The ceremony began with a territorial acknowledgment and welcome from Edler Jean Wasegijig and a message of congratulations from VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel.
“During a pandemic, I know there have been unexpected moments and your journey has maybe been different than you imagined. Pursuing a career, or learning a new skill or language takes courage. It is no small accomplishment to continue learning and working towards your goals. But it is a testament to your resilience and leadership in the face of adversity that we can be here today and celebrate your accomplishments.” – Ajay Patel.
VCC’s deans then presented the names and bios of award recipients for the School of Health Sciences, the School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business, the School of Trades, Technology and Design, and the Centre for Continuing Studies. Award recipients for the School of Instructor Education, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Music were presented in a separate Zoom meeting room.
Each year, VCC Foundation selects one or more Outstanding Student Award recipients to profile in a video feature. This fall, we honoured Kale Needham, a first-year Jewellery Art and Design student and recipient of the Positive Space scholarship, as well as Diana Jerezano, current health care assistant student and recipient of the Y.P. Heung Foundation Post-Secondary Award.
As a unique touch to the ceremony, a group of VCC Music alumni revived a Sly and the Family Stone vintage hit “Everyday People” to set the tone for the afternoon.