Foundation and Alumni

VCC Outstanding Alumni Awards

VCC's Outstanding Alumni Awards are designed to celebrate the career and community achievements of our graduates and supporters. These annual awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the quality and expertise of VCC's alumni and friends, and help us reconnect our alumni back to the College community. As well, showcasing these diverse success stories helps VCC raise its brand profile in the community. Since the awards' inception in 2005, we have recognized a total of 49 alumni from VCC programs, with seven honorary alumni and two lifetime achievement awards.

Our 2020/2021 winners

Congratulations to our most recent Outstanding Alumni Award winners! These are the latest in a long line of VCC alumni that have made significant contributions to their industries and communities. Honorees represent four distinct categories and each winner has distinguished themselves with unique stories of success, inspiration, and dedication.  

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Bernie Johnson, Career Success

Bernie Johnson, Career Success
Director of HR, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

Bernie has proudly represented VCC over his two-decade rise through the hospitality industry. In addition to being a major employer, he continues to provide student mentorship and program advising.

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Demitri Kulik, Community Contribution

Demitri Kulik, Community Contribution
Utility Maintenance Worker, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

A role model in building services, Demitri offers career sessions and work experiences to VCC students. With a heart for his community, Demitri also redeployed to service low-income housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Julia Pavlova - Community Contribution

Julia Pavlova, Community Contribution
General Duty Nurse, St. Paul’s Hospital

Since graduating, Julia has become a public face for those who work directly with COVID-19 patients. In addition to providing highly demanding health care, she has frequently represented her fellow workers in local media.

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Esther Winder - Changemaker

Esther Winder, Changemaker
Emergency Planning Technician, Secwepemc Health Caucus

Esther uses out-of-the-box thinking to help address the social determinants of health issues in her First Nations community and was a driving force behind a new Secwepemc Collaborative Emergency Management Agreement. 

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Brandt Louie - Honorary Alumni Award

Brandt Louie, Honorary Alumni Award
VCC Foundation Donor

As a perennial volunteer, donor, and supporter of VCC students, Mr. Louie has served on the Foundation Board and chaired numerous committees that led highly impactful fundraising events for scholarships and bursaries.

Loni Yee - Community Contribution

Alex Chen - Career Success

Clarissa Roque - One to Watch

Mishel Bouillet - One to Watch


Curtis Krahn - Community Contribution

Jeremy Inglett - Changemaker

Alan Matheson - Career Success

Kyoung Yong Lee - One to Watch