Posted on May 1, 2023

2023 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients

Vancouver Community College (VCC) honoured its 2023 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients at an on-campus reception on April 27. The awards celebrate the significant contributions made by VCC alumni in their profession, at VCC and in the communities they serve.


2023 Outstanding Alumni Award winnersThis year's Outstanding Alumni Award recipients (left-right): Ashley Bitz, community licensed practical nurse, Little Shuswap Band; Tim Ellison, general manager, Vancouver Club; Erin Vickars, department assistant, Culinary Arts, VCC; Vicente Teng, freelance graphic designer and videographer; and Anja Lanz, design engineer, Haakon Industries; Founder and CEO Global Women in Stem Inc.


“This year’s alumni award recipients are remarkable,” says Ajay Patel, VCC president. “Each in their own way, have made a positive impact in their communities. The diversity and contributions of this year’s recipients truly speaks to the unique pathways and broad spectrum of opportunities that VCC creates for our students. We are so proud to have them as part of our VCC community.”


Outstanding Alumni Award recipients - International Students

Congratulations to VCC's most recent Outstanding Alumni Award recipients, including our International students:

  • 59 unique award recipients;
  • 15 programs represented:
    • Hospitality Management Diploma; Bachelor of Hospitality; Graphic Design Diploma; Culinary Arts Diploma; CAD & BIM Technicians Diploma; Auto Collision and Refinish Diploma; Auto Service Tech Diploma; Business and Project Management Post-Degree Diploma; Dental Technology Diploma; Cosmetology Diploma; Baking and Pastry Dual Certificates; Electronics Repair Technology Diploma; Fashion Design Diploma; Health Care Assistant Diploma; Marketing Tech Diploma.
  • 20 countries/regions represented: 
    • Hong Kong; Philippines; India; Korea; China; Brazil; Germany; Indonesia; Iran; Israel; Japan; Mexico; Myanmar; Nigeria; Peru; Sri Lanka; Taiwan; Thailand; Turkey; Venezuela.


To all our International Students,

Congratulations on winning the VCC Spring 2023 award! We are very proud of your accomplishments, and would love to feature you on our website and social media! We love to acknowledge students’ success and share their stories with the VCC community and potential VCC applicants. There are different ways to share your story, please send us an email to


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