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CCSJ student earns Jeff Marvin Memorial Award

TERRACE A Northwest Community College (NWCC) student who recently blogged about her criminology practicum experience at the Terrace Transition House has been awarded the Jeff Marvin Memorial Award. Nicole Halbauer, who just completed the Community, Crime & Social Justice (CCSJ) certificate program, received the award that was established to provide a continuing memorial to Jeff Marvins dedication in providing post secondary education to meet the needs of First Nations people in Northwest British Columbia. I chose criminology as a field of study initially to understand the over criminalization of Canada's First Nations people, said Halbauer, who is a member of the Tsimshian Nation belonging to the Ganhada (Raven) clan of Kitsumkalum. Now it is my desire to pursue a law degree and eventually work to change policies and systems to improve the conditions of Aboriginal women and children. Criminology professor Michael Brandt says Halbauer is one of the top students in NWCCs Criminology program and is one of those students that make teaching worthwhile. When I learned that she had won, I was extremely pleased, said Brandt. As one of her instructors, I am very proud of her accomplishments and have no hesitation in making a prediction Nicole will become a leader in her community. Shes lived experiences, coupled with her achievements in the classroom, position her for a very bright future. Halbauer, who intends to return to NWCC this fall in pursuit of an Associate Degree in Arts Criminology Specialization, is ready to prove her instructor right. I believe that every person is a leader in their community, says Halbauer. My mother taught me to lead by example and my hope is to be an example of hard work and positive change to my children. It is also my desire to serve my community in any capacity they feel I am qualified to fill.

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