Keyano College students, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate student achievements during the college’s annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 27. More than 300 awards, valued at $310,000 were handed out.
“It is great to live in a community that appreciates its College and demonstrates it through the provision of awards,” said Keyano President and CEO, Dr. Trent Keough. “These donors are important partners and friends of the college and this generous support of our students and of post-secondary education in the Region is greatly appreciated,”
Every year, an award donor is highlighted during the ceremony. The Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA) which is marking its 25th anniversary, handed out five individual awards of $1,000 each and was singled out at this year’s ceremony.
With a membership of over 135 Aboriginal businesses in northeastern Alberta, NAABA is committed to enhancing and creating an environment which promotes business, jobs and training for the betterment of all Indigenous people in the region. NAABA also acts as the voice for and strongly advocates for the local Indigenous business community.
“NAABA is proud to have more than 130 Aboriginal business owners, many who were part of Keyano College at some point in their life; whether they were taking a trade, the Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program or something else, they are now proudly investing in the future,” said NAABA President Cheryl Alexander.
Sahil Bhatt, the president of the Students’ Association of Keyano College, thanked all of the donors of this year’s awards.
“Community support is important to the whole student life experience. It really empowers the students,” he said. “So, I am very thankful to all the community partners for their contribution, …on behalf of all the students, I assure that you are supporting a strong, bright and promising future.”
Keyano President and CEO, Dr. Trent Keough expressed his appreciation for the donors of the 2018 Student Awards.
Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association President Cheryl Alexander spoke about the importance of investing in the future at the 2018 Keyano College Student Awards.