Cambrian College wins 2nd national silver for Indigenous education excellence

Posted on Wednesday May 10, 2017

OTTAWA―Cambrian College is in the national spotlight for its continued commitment to Indigenous education. Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) presented a silver Indigenous Education Award of Excellence to the College at a gala on May 1 in Ottawa. This marks the second year in a row that Cambrian has received the accolade.

Cambrian College earned a second CICan national silver award for Indigenous Education Excellence. (Pictured L-R:) Robert Szokup VP, Affinity Market Group, TD Insurance (Awards Sponsor); CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot; Rick Ouellet, Director of the Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services at Cambrian College; Glen Retty, Vice Chair of Cambrian College's Board of Governors; Ron Sarazin, Committee Chair of the Circle for Indigenous Education at Cambrian College; and Board Chair and President of Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, Liane Roy.
Cambrian College earned a second silver award for Indigenous Education Excellence from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). Pictured L-R: Robert Szokup VP, Affinity Market Group, TD Insurance (Awards Sponsor); CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot; Rick Ouellet, Director of the Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services at Cambrian College; Glen Retty, Vice Chair of Cambrian College's Board of Governors; Ron Sarazin, Committee Chair of the Circle for Indigenous Education at Cambrian College; and Liane Roy, Board Chair and President of Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Rick Ouellet, Director of Cambrian’s Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services; Glen Retty, Vice Chair of the College’s Board of Governors; and Ron Sarazin, Committee Chair of the Circle for Indigenous Education, accepted the award on behalf of the College.

This year, Cambrian was recognized for forging a new partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba; for signing a memorandum of understanding with Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation; and for its relationships with industry, community, and academic partners. In each case, the agreements and partnerships aim to enhance socio-economic development in Indigenous communities and the student experience at Cambrian.

College President Bill Best recognized the leadership and commitment demonstrated by members of the College community, including Board members, staff, faculty and students, as well as the staff at Cambrian’s Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Students as a driving force behind these accomplishments.

“I am proud that Cambrian has been honoured once again for the important role that Rick and his team at Wabnode have played in advancing and improving the academic and cultural experience for not just Indigenous students −  but all students at the College,” said Best. “To win, for the second year in a row, is a testament to our dedication to the teachings, traditions and celebration of Indigenous culture and our responsiveness to community and partner needs. We are pleased that our commitment to Indigenous education, as outlined in our Strategic Plan, has enabled us to make tremendous progress in key areas as we continue to build upon our goals.”

“This award is a great honour, and I am humbled that our work is being recognized on a national level,” said Ouellet. “With support from our partners, we are on a continuing journey to build relationships through the truth and reconciliation process; and through it, we’re participating in a national movement that will shape a brighter future for Indigenous people and for all Canadians.”

CICan also recognized the positive and measurable impact that Cambrian’s programs, student supports, and agreements with key partners have had on increasing Indigenous student engagement and academic success. For information about these services, partnerships, and agreements, contact the Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Services at 705-566-8101, extension 7242.

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Contact:
Lynn Bulloch
Communications Officer
Cambrian College
lynn.bulloch@cambriancollege.ca
705-566-8101, ext. 6375

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Posted on Tuesday May 9, 2017

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