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PDAC bursary awarded for outstanding achievement and leadership

SMITHERS The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has awarded a recent graduate of Northwest Community Colleges (NWCC) School of Exploration & Mining (SEM) program with a $500 bursary. The PDAC is a national organization with 8,000 members representing a range of companies and individuals in mineral exploration and development. The association works to advocate, inform and provide networking opportunities for its members to ensure a robust mining industry in Canada. Over the years, PDAC has supported students through unique opportunities to experience different facets of the exploration and mining industries. These include scholarships and awards, conferences, workshops and other activities aimed at engaging students in the mineral exploration and development industries. This particular award recognizes students with a combination of high academic standing, leadership, service and best all-round performance. Owen Nisyok, 18, recently completed a seven-week Workforce Exploration Skills Training (WEST) program held at NWCCs Ganokwa Camp outside of Smithers, BC. The camp simulates a working exploration camp where students live and learn in an experiential environment. Owen demonstrated exceptional leadership in the classroom and on field trips, says Andrea Kosalko, SEM manager. In particular, he actively sought out students who were struggling and provided emotional and academic support. Owen was an inspiration to fellow students and program staff. Shortly after graduating from the program, Nisyok began working with New Nadina Explorations Ltd. at its Silver Queen Project as a drill core technician. He is a big help and his personality is awesome, says Ellen Clements, the companys president and CEO. The next PDAC bursary will be presented at a Celebration of Learning event on Oct. 14 at the completion of the seasons final WEST program.

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