VCC Outstanding Alumni Awards

Nominate a 2020 VCC Outstanding Alumnus or Alumna today!


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.


Nomination form

Nominations close April 15, 2021. Award winners will have beautiful videos created for them and will be celebrated at an invitation-only reception on May 28, 2021. Winners will also be recognized at spring and fall convocation ceremonies.

Questions? Please email Carolyn Hornell, Associate Director of Alumni Relations.

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VCC Outstanding Alumni 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.  


Bernie Johnson, Career Success

Director of Human Resources, 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.



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.



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.



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. 


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.



Outstanding Alumni Awards Previous Winners

Our 2019 winners

Loni Yee - Community Contribution

Alex Chen - Career Success

Clarissa Roque - One to Watch

Mishel Bouillet - One to Watch


Our 2018 winners

Curtis Krahn - Community Contribution

Jeremy Inglett - Changemaker

Alan Matheson - Career Success

Kyoung Yong Lee - One to Watch

Our 2017 winners

Jim Storie – Lifetime Achievement

Doreen Wong – Changemaker

Nelly Gomez – Community Contribution

Neal Russell – Career Success

Leah Patitucci – One to Watch


Our 2016 winners

Lloyd Arntzen – Honorary Alumnus

Rosemary Bartram – Changemaker

Roshni Kashyap – Community Contribution

Scott ‌Jaeger – Career Success

Emily Upham – One to Watch


Our 2015 winners

Gyda Chud - Lifetime Achievement

Robert N. Brady – Honorary Alumnus

John Carlo (JC) Felicella – Changemaker

Amber Anderson – Community Contribution

Rick Hatswell – Career Success

Christoph von Riedemann – One to Watch


Our 2014 winners 

Gottfried (Guff) Muench – Honorary Alumnus

Paul Cecconi – Changemaker

Brenda Stewart – Community Contribution

Mark Andrew – Career Success

Daniel Ruiz – One to Watch


Our 2013 winners 


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.

To learn more about VCC's Outstanding Alumni Awards, call 604.871.7067 or email alumni@vcc.ca.

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