Two and half hours of teary joy and high energy swept the Explorer Hotel last Saturday, as hundreds of family and friends celebrated the commencement of Aurora College’s North Slave Campus classes of 2014.
Toddlers ambled up to the stage to join their moms for formal photographs, and whoops, applause and ululations followed each graduate as they accepted scrolls from College President Jane Arychuk, College Governor Dave Miller, their program leaders and Dana Heidi, Associate Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Employment.
Staff and students also awarded their peers with several special awards.
Tanya Silke of Yellowknife earned the Student Leadership Award for outstanding volunteering, notably for leading the Lifeguards for Lodune campaign. The Innovation and College Improvement Award went to Developmental Studies instructor Hugh Moloney for his work in starting Aboriginal language schooling.
The Instructional Excellence Award was presented to long-time educator Mieke Cameron, the campus Senior English Instructor, and the Clinical Excellence award from the nursing faculty went to Lori-Ann King of Yellowknife. The Avens Seniors’ Sheila Broders award, honouring the memory of a dedicated nurse, was presented to Deline graduate Helen Menacho, who will be joining the Avens staff full time.
The graduates hailed from eight NWT communities along with Yukon, Newfoundland, Quebec and British Columbia. In all, 44 students were celebrated: 15 in Business and Leadership, three from the school of Education and 26 in Health and Humans Services.