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VCC Fall 2021 Student Awards recap

Posted on December 3, 2021

On Friday, Dec. 3, Vancouver Community College (VCC) hosted its Fall 2021 Student Awards in an online ceremony. The live-streamed event individually honoured 194 deserving VCC students who received scholarships and awards this term, and recognized the generous donors who made them possible.

Elder John Sam of the Tutshone, Tlingit, and Dene First Nations opened the ceremony by performing an “honour song” and encouraging students to pass on what they’ve learned to others.

VCC Vice President, Academic and Applied Research David Wells offered the official address, in which he also introduced the new Elder Lilly Whonnock Award in memory of the beloved Indigenous elder who passed away in early 2021.

“Elder Lilly was a wonderful and giving teacher and guide. Her welcoming presence was inclusive – a principle to which we should all aspire.”

VCC deans then presented names and prepared messages from student award recipients in the following areas:

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business
  • School of Trades, Technology and Design
  • Centre for Continuing Studies
  • School of Instructor Education
  • School of Arts and Sciences

Student Awards video feature

Each year, VCC Foundation selects one or more student award recipients to highlight in a video feature. This fall, they showcased two students who received funding from the University Women’s Club Vancouver: Associate of Science student Amelia Godwin, recipient of the Pathway to Health Sciences Award, and Culinary Arts student Ivy Hoang, recipient of the Barbara Middleton Achievement Award.

Special musical performance

It wouldn't be a VCC celebration without music! Our VCC Music alumni (Georges Couling, Keyboard, Producer; Jimmy Baldwin, Guitar; Catherine Hiltz, Bass; Daniel Ruiz, Drums; and Elaine Shepherd, Vocals) came together once again, this time with an original rendition of You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates.


For many VCC students, their education would not be possible without financial awards. Learn how you can support the next generation through the VCC Foundation.