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NWCC instructor earns BC Achievement Award

The British Columbia Achievement Foundation recently named Sandi Lavallie as one of its 2015 B.C. Community Achievement Award recipients.

For almost 35 years, Sandi has taught a variety of courses at Northwest Community College (NWCC) Houston Campus. She is currently an instructor and program coordinator for the Career & College Preparation program.

While at NWCC, she has taught sciences, math, language courses, university level courses and courses in the trades. Sandi has also been involved in many aspects of the administration of NWCC Houston Campus over the years.

“Sandi goes above and beyond for every student,” said Marni Larocque, Houston Campus staff member and former student of Sandi’s. “She treats everyone with a high level of dignity and respect. She also never hesitates to help students who want extra tutoring in any subject field. She can teach almost anything!”

Colleen Ettinger, a life long learner and NWCC student, agrees.

“I believe Sandi has a positive impact on every student. She encourages those who may lack confidence or are unsure of their potential and helps them reach their goals. She makes everyone feel like they are worthy of earning an education,” said Ettinger.

The B.C. Community Achievement Award was created for “recognizing and celebrating the spirit, imagination, dedication and contribution of British Columbians to their communities."[1]

“Not only is Sandi dedicated to helping members of our community through her work as an instructor, but as a volunteer she is a long-time passionate advocate for adult literacy, small business and senior citizen care,” said Regina Saimoto, NWCC Regional, Eastern Region. “Sandi is very deserving of this award and I am pleased to see the recognition she is receiving for her work and dedication to the community of Houston,” she said.

Sandi has a long history of community involvement, including her role on the Board of Directors for the Houston Retirement Society and for Community Futures Nadina. She is one of the founders of the Houston Link to Learning adult literacy group. She also sits on the District of Houston Economic Development Committee and supports the Houston Community Services Association.

[1] BC Achievement Foundation


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