May 14, 2015
Northwest Community College graduates celebrate
Terrace – Northwest Community College celebrated the accomplishments of its students at this year’s convocation ceremony May 13. Students from throughout the region representing more than 14 areas of study crossed the stage to receive their credentials.
Graduates, faculty, staff, special guests, family and friends filled the REM Lee Theatre in Terrace to join in the celebration. This is Northwest Community College’s 27th convocation ceremony and coincides with its 40th Anniversary.
“We are here to celebrate your dedication and hard work, tenacity, strength and achievement,” President Ken Burt said in his address. “You should all be very proud.”
In addition to celebrating the achievements of its students, in honour of the 40th anniversary of Northwest Community College, two new awards were created to recognize community members with affiliations to the institution.
The Distinguished Alumni award recognizes a person who attended Northwest Community College as a student and who has gone on to play an important role in their community.
The inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award was awarded to social worker and counselor Geri McDougall who graduated from Northwest Community College after completing the Career and College Preparation program and the then-Human Service Worker Program, which later became the Social Service Work Program. She then went on to the University of Victoria where she earned her Bachelor of Social Work in 1992.
“Geri’s story of pursuing her education in the face of personal hardship and pursuing her dreams to become a role model for her children and her community is inspiring,” said Burt. “We are thrilled that she gave such a powerful keynote address to our graduates and guests.”
The Community Service Award recognizes a person who demonstrates a commitment to giving back to his or her community, is a committed volunteer and who has a connection to Northwest Community College. Hazelton’s Brigitta van Heek received the award, recognizing her tireless advocacy of education and her dedication to helping students overcome barriers to completion. She is also an active community volunteer and past recipient of the prestigious Golden Jubilee Award.
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