Call for Nominations

Alumni Award Nominations

Do you know an NEC Alumni or former board member making a difference in the community? Nominate them to receive an award at the annual honouring feast. Submit your nomination form and supporting documents by April 28, 2017.


Award Categories

Community Service – This award is named after Wanda Bolton, a former NEC Program Coordinator who was a passionate advocate and teacher who continuously demonstrated excellence in community service. This award recognizes NEC graduates who share their unique and important contributions in the community.

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Educational Excellence – This award is named after George Manuel, the influential Grand Chief who made a significant difference in how Indigenous people are considered at the National and International level. This award recognizes NEC graduates who excelled in successfully achieving higher post-secondary education.

Leadership – This award is named after Chief Joe Mathias, the former Chief of Squamish Nation worked towards having Aboriginal Rights and Title recognized by the federal and provincial governments. This award recognizes NEC graduates who exemplify leadership in their careers and communities.

Visionary – This award is named after Gertie Guerin, one of the founding members of NEC that began the organization with a vision to have a place for Indigenous people to begin their learning journey. This award recognizes a former NEC Board Member who strives toward empowering Indigenous people.

2017 Academic Achievement – This award recognizes the accomplishments achieved by an NEC Alumni member who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance from the most recent year of the program.


Nomination Form

Submit your nomination form and supporting documents by April 28, 2017 at 4:30pm. Download the Nomination Form or complete online.

Summary of Nominee Achievements

In 1,000 words or less, tell us why you believe the nominee should be chosen for an NEC Alumni Achievement Award. Please attach your summary to the nomination form.

Consider the following about your nominee when making a submission:

  • Has achieved excellence in leadership, community service, education, and/or innovation in their chosen career
  • Has made outstanding contributions to the social, cultural, and economic well-being of Indigenous people and communities
  • Has made significant accomplishments in their volunteer or profession

Please submit your nomination form and supporting documents by April 28, 2017 at 4:30pm.

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By Fax:            604.873.9152

My Mail:         NEC Native Education College
                        Attn: NEC Alumni Awards Committee
                        285 East 5th Avenue
                        Vancouver, BC V5T 1H2


2016 Alumni Recipients

Jim White, Founding NEC Board Member
Gertie Guerin Visionary Award


Shawn Bobb
George Manuel Educational Excellence Award


Steve Sxwithul'txw
Chief Joe Mathias Leadership Award    


Connie Larochelle
Wanda Bolton Community Service Award   


Amanda McDermott, 2016 Academic Achievement