Nominations sought for Honouring Excellence Awards

Sept. 24, 2015 – As Lethbridge College prepares for its 60th anniversary celebrations in 2017, it is undertaking the ambitious job of connecting with as many of its 30,000+ alumni as it can.

“We know our alumni are out there doing great work across the country and around the world,” says Development and Alumni Relations Manager Joyanne Mitchell. “We want to reconnect with as many of them as possible to hear their stories about life since they’ve left the college. We are also checking in to see if they want to get involved in our alumni events, keep up on college news and find ways to give back to the college – whether through serving on an alumni advisory committee, making a donation or some other way.”

This college has launched a community campaign this month asking all alumni to update their records with the college. This will allow alumni to receive Lethbridge College’s award-winning magazine, Wider Horizons, as well as the periodic alumni newsletter that includes news, campus updates and information on alumni events and opportunities. In addition, alumni will be able to get involved in The Possibilities Are Endless fundraising campaign, which so far has raised more than $23 million of the college’s $25 million goal. Much of the money raised in the campaign will go to support the construction of the new, 165,270-square-foot, environmentally-friendly trades and technologies facility.

“This building is changing the look of campus as well as the opportunities available to students here,” says Executive Director of Advancement and External Relations Michel Béchard. “So we are now calling on our community – alumni who may have earned a certificate, diploma or applied degree here, the people who love coming out to cheer on our Kodiaks, and the community members who have hired our grads – to support our efforts to make this building possible. Every donation will go toward the construction of the new facility and every donation is appreciated and valued.”

Alumni involvement extends beyond an up-to-date address and involvement with the fundraising campaign. In addition, each year the college celebrates the winners of the four alumni awards, which include a Distinguished Alumni award along with Community Leader, Career Virtuoso and Rising Star awards.

Nominations are now open for outstanding alumni who will be recognized at the 2016 Honouring Excellence event. 

The Distinguished Alumni award was established in 1992 to commemorate the college’s 35th anniversary. This prestigious award recognizes a college graduate who has distinguished themselves in their chosen career, made a significant contribution to their community and demonstrated service to the college and its students.

The other three categories were established in 2007 to commemorate the college’s 50th anniversary. The Community Leader award is presented to an alumnus who has made contributions to their communities through their work or personal interests. The Career Virtuoso award is presented to an alumnus who has made significant contributions to their professional fields through their diligence, talent and dedication. The Rising Star award is presented to an alumnus who within 10 years of graduation from Lethbridge College have become driven innovators in their professions.

Since 1992, more than 70 graduates have received alumni awards from Lethbridge College. The 2015 recipients were Distinguished Alumni Cam Mandel (Heavy Equipment Technician, 1984), Career Virtuoso Superintendent Jeff Sim (Law Enforcement, 1982), Community Leader Vernon Oickle (Communication Arts – Print Journalism, 1982), and Rising Star Jordan Jensen (Business Administration, 2009).

Further information on award categories and nomination forms are available here. Nomination deadline is Jan. 8, 2016. The awards will be presented at a recognition event on April 21, 2016.