Keyano College students, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate student achievements during the college’s annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 28. A total of 274 awards, valued at $270,000 were handed out.
“I am always encouraged by and proud of our community when I see strong support for our students from our industries, businesses, and organizations,” said Tracy Edwards, Keyano College President and CEO. “These important partners and friends of the college are greatly needed and appreciated. Without this support, celebrations like this would also not be possible. More importantly, many of our students would not be able reach their academic, life, and career goals.”
Every year, an award donor is highlighted during the ceremony. BMO Bank of Montreal, which is marking its 200th year of operations, was singled out at this year’s ceremony.
In the wake of last year’s wildfire and evacuation, BMO reached out in a significant way to help the Wood Buffalo region and has given generously to support education and to support those affected. This year, they gave out six awards of $1,000 each to students who were impacted.
“Supporting communities in which we live and serving customers is an important part of who we are at BMO,” said BMO Branch Manager Imran Ahmed. “It is our great pleasure to support student award programs.”
Amna Nadeem, the president of the Student Association of Keyano College, thanked all of the donors of this year’s awards.
“On behalf of all of students, we’d like to thank every organization that contributes in awarding students by recognizing their work,” she said. “You are making a difference in our lives as every cent matters to us.”