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VCC Student Awards Spring 2022 recap

Posted on June 8, 2022


Vancouver Community College (VCC) was pleased to host its first in-person Student Awards ceremonies in two years on Friday, June 3 at the Broadway campus event space.

A total of 208 students received awards in the presence of family, friends, and donors. Award recipients had the opportunity to thank their donor in person at a tea reception after the official morning and afternoon award presentations.

Both awards ceremonies began with an opening prayer and territorial acknowledgment delivered by Elder Jean. VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel addressed the crowd with a welcome statement.

“We live in uncertain times. And challenging yourself to continue learning and working towards your goals is commendable in its own right,” said Patel. “All of you overcame challenges to get here. Know that we’re all very proud of you.”

Two new awards were established this year – the President’s Award for Leadership, which acknowledges a student who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and the Zoro and Kelly Ann Mihajlovic Creative Award which is given to a talented graphic design student who also stands out as a positive human being.

Deans presented the names and bios of award recipients from their respective schools:

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business
  • School of Trades, technology and Design
  • Centre for Continuing Studies
  • School of Instructor Education
  • School of Arts and Sciences

Student Awards video feature

Each year, VCC Foundation selects one or more Outstanding Student Award recipients to highlight in a video feature. This spring spotlights Cameron Conception-Cordova, an Indigenous student in the Bachelor of Hospitality Management program, recipient of the ONNI Group Award. VCC Fashion student Eldrich Lucero is also featured and is the recipient of the Peau de Loup Fashion Diversity Student Award.

To close off the formal ceremony, current VCC music students performed a piece entitled ‘the Villain I appear to be’ as a special gift to those in attendance at the event.


VCC Student Awards are not possible without the generous support from our many donors. Thank you for continuing to give the gift of giving. Learn more about how you can support VCC students in need.