2016 Graduation Ceremony: Scholarships and Awards

The Vanier College Foundation is proud to announce the following recipients for the 2016 Graduation Ceremony held on Tuesday, June 21, 2016:

John Economides Scholarship
Jordan Serfaty, Commerce

Careers and Technical Program Scholar
Adrian Todorov, Computer Science Technology

Pre-University Diploma Program Scholar
Melina Lau Kwok Fat,  Modern Languages

Continuing Education Attestation Scholar
Cheryl Bower,  Accounting Attestation

David Johnson Memorial Science Scholarship
Yi Zhi Zhang,  Health Science

Gustav Levinschi Scholarships
Brooke Brimo,  Communications: Art, Media, Theatre
Andrew Meng,  Health Science
Deidra Corina Robertson-Chois, Communications: Art, Media, Theatre

The Gloria Di Murro Creativity Award
Alexander Modonese, Communications: Art, Media, Theatre

Cedric Kunicek Memorial Scholarship
Anton Sokolov,  Social Science: Major in Law & Society

The John Pitre Architectural Technology Scholarship
Chelsea Petosa,  Architectural Technology

CAMMAC Graduation Scholarship
Nathalie Vitalez,  Music

Noël Spinelli Classical Voice Scholarship
Adrien-Alberto Viera De la Torre,  Music
Audrée-Alexandrine Couillard-Tremblay,  Music

Nadia Turbide Scholarship
Audrée-Alexandrine Couillard-Tremblay,  Music

Robert F. Jones Composition Scholarship
Patrick Languedoc,  Music

Carmelita Sideco Memorial Scholarship
Cristine Ramolete,  Nursing

The Alumnae Association of the Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing Award
Cristine Ramolete,  Nursing

Le Groupe Compass Perseverance Award
Joy Nneji,  Nursing


Thank you once again to all of our generous benefactors for supporting our students in achieving their goals and ensuring that the Vanier College Foundation’s mission is fulfilled.

Congratulations to the graduates of 2016!


The John Pitre Architectural Technology Scholarships

The Architectural Technology students and faculty members gathered up once again for their annual BBQ on Friday, May 20th to celebrate another year of hard work.

The John Pitre Architectural Technology Scholarships were also presented to two students who have satisfied the selection criteria and qualified them for these scholarships:

Second year student with the highest academic achievement:
Catherine Imbeault

Third year student who showed academic transformation:
Chelsea Petosa


About the John Pitre Architectural Technology Scholarships
President of Trimstyle Consulting Inc. based in Vancouver, BC, John Pitre is a Vanier College graduate and has generously inaugurated the John Pitre Architectural Technology Scholarships in 2011. For more information on the John Pitre Architectural Technology Scholarships, click here.

Athletes celebrates at 2016 Awards Ceremony

Vanier’s best and brightest athletes were honoured at this year’s Athletic Awards Ceremony, held on the evening of Friday, April 29th.

In support of the Vanier College Foundation and many generous donors, the following athletes were awarded for their exceptional athletic performances:


Eva R. Gsum Foundation Awards

Caroline Task (right) accepts the award from Coach Ruby Viray

Caroline Task (right) accepts the award from Coach Ruby Viray








Lamond Dennis (right) accepts the award from Coach Andrew Hertzog

Lamond Dennis (right) accepts the award from Coach Andrew Hertzog









Bill MacArthur Scholarship

Geneviève Guay (right) accepts the award from Phys-Ed teacher Mark Longpré

Geneviève Guay (right) accepts the award from Phys-Ed teacher Mark Longpré









Cheetah Leadership Award

Ibrahim Ngom (right) accepts the award from Phys-Ed teacher Greg Longtin

Ibrahim Ngom (right) accepts the award from Phys-Ed teacher Greg Longtin









Athlete of the Year – Female

Lamees Aljoundi (right) accepts the award from Student Life Coordinator Mireille Béland

Lamees Aljoundi (right) accepts the award from Student Life Coordinator Mireille Béland








Athlete of the Year – Male

Brian Harelimana (right) accepts the award from Student Life Coordinator Mireille Béland

Brian Harelimana (right) accepts the award from Student Life Coordinator Mireille Béland








Thank you to all of our donors for supporting our athletes and for making this evening a success!

Go Cheetahs!


Photo credit: Jonathan Cyga


The Tropics: Opportunities and Challenges – An Exploration of Human-Environment Relationships in Belize

We are back from Belize! Summary of the Study Trip – March 11-19, 2016

The 9-day study trip to Belize in the context of the International Project universal complementary course The Tropics: Opportunities and Challenges – An Exploration of Human-Environment Relationships in Belize was a total success!

Throughout the trip, students had the chance to make connections with class material covered during the first 7 weeks of the semester. In Belize, the main place we stayed at was T.R.E.E.S. (the Toucan Ridge Ecological and Educational Society), a live ecology lab. We hiked on various trails led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who helped us discover the virtues and uses of forest species. A dip at the local creek was a delightful activity appreciated by all!

During the two days we were away from T.R.E.E.S., we explored the marine ecosystem, the Mayan way of life and a famous wildlife reserve. On Day 3 we left the coast to reach a tiny coral island, Tobacco Caye, after a 45 minute boat ride. Following an introduction to snorkelling session, we attended a lecture by a marine biologist of the Tobacco Caye Marine Station which is part of the South Water MPA (Marine Protected Area). We went for a night dive by flashlight, guided by an expert. The next morning at 6 am, many of us hopped into the water for one last snorkelling dive, with numerous fish and other marine creatures surrounding us! Then, back to the mainland, we were off to the Maya Center.

Exploring the marine ecosystem - Photo by Rodica Florea

The Maya Center is a small Mayan village where we were welcomed by two wonderful people who have not only inherited TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge) from their ancestors but are also dedicated protectors of their environment and promoters of their cultural Mayan heritage. While Ernesto taught us about medicinal and nutritional wild plants from the forest, Aurora had us prepare and cook our own tortillas and cacao drink. After closing with a spiritual ceremony we were off to the nearby Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary for the night. On our way there, from our bus, we saw a jaguar cross the road! A rare sight, we were told. We enjoyed a night walk in the forest after supper, an early morning bird watching walk the following day, and finally a hike to the water falls after breakfast. Tarantulas, scorpions, geckos, leaf-cutting ants, and a variety of birds were among the animal species we were lucky to see in this lush tropical forest.

Learning about Tropical Forest medicinal plants the Mayan way - Photo by Myriam Mansour

Mid-week we took a day-trip from T.R.E.E.S. to the Mayan ruins of Xunanthunich located by the Guatemalan border. Our two guides were fascinating with their explanations and stories of the ancient Mayan civilisations. This step back in time in the presence of the Mayan people impacted both students and teachers. An ensuing visit to the local fresh produce market of San Ignacio, adjacent to the ruins, allowed us to further reflect on the past and present human-environment relationships among the Mayan people.

Mayan ruins of Xunanthunich - Photo by Melissa Tachdjian

On Day 7 we visited three organic farmers, all located within walking distance from T.R.E.E.S. It was very hot and humid, as usual, but the conditions were perfect for us to experience the often harsh realities of daily life. The tour was nevertheless delightful as we were shown pineapple, citrus, ginger, chayote crops, and discovered numerous exotic fruit trees such as the sour sop and mangustine, quickly realizing how a local diet can be so different from our own. One farmer generously treated us to freshly picked bananas, and coconut milk from freshly opened coconut shells!

Mr. José grows chayotes at his organic farm - Photo by Kirstin Lachance

The last day was dedicated to work on course projects and for some to enjoy one last hike near T.R.E.E.S. Our stay was wrapped up with an evening of dancing to the rhythms of Creole drummers of the Talla Walla band.

In the course of this journey, the students interacted with many Belizeans, traveled thought different ecosystems, discovered a variety of economic activities and ways of life, and were made aware of some threats to several ecosystems but also ways of preserving them. The trip itself also allowed them to strengthen their ability to live in groups, to share, to care, to respect “the other”. They started as wonderful individuals and ended as a fabulous group!

Sharing with Vanier Projects: All 23 students are now preparing projects to share with you their own experience of the Tropics course and the Belize study trip. For more information on their work, students will be presenting during “Earth Week” (April 18-22) in Jake’s Mall (see schedule here) and during “Belize Exhibition Day” May 2 & 3 in the Carrefour at Vanier College.

It is with profound gratitude that we wish to thank, once more, the Vanier community for believing in this International Project right from the beginning and for supporting it all the way to the end!

For photos and videos, please visit our Belize website: http://www.belizevanier.com/

and follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/VaniertoBelize/



Myriam Mansour, Geography; International Project teacher

Quentin van Ginhoven, Environmental Wildlife Management; co-teacher

Cheryl Donison, Communications, Media and Studio Art; chaperone

2016 Vanier College BDC Case Challenge

Mr. Normand W. Bernier, Director General of Vanier College is pleased to announce that after two days of mounting excitement and imaginative presentations at the 11th annual 2016 Vanier College BDC Case Challenge on February 13 and 14, the first place Gold Award went to SAIT Polytechnic (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) from Alberta composed of students Andrea Cubillos, Megan Miller, Becky Salmond, and Pinder Sangha and coaches Kevin Pahl and Vicky Roy.  This is the first time the first place Gold Award goes to a Western province.

The Silver Award went to St Lawrence College-Kingston, and Cégep régional de Lanaudière à Joliette won Bronze.  The three other teams that made it to the finals were Vanier College, Collège Montmorency, and Okanagan College. During the weekend event, thirty-two teams of marketing students from colleges across Canada had three hours to analyze a real business case and present viable marketing solutions before a panel of expert judges.

“The Case Challenge is a perfect example of how a collaboration between Vanier College and an organization such as BDC, the principal sponsor of this event, can create unique learning opportunities for students that motivate them in their educational and career pursuits,” said M. Bernier.

BDC is very proud to be a long-time supporter events that allow students, professionals and mentors to come together and form valuable relationships. “For us it’s a chance to be actively involved and connect directly with what we think are some of the very best marketing students and promising young leaders we’ve come across,” says Michel Bergeron, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs at BDC.

David Moscovitz, Vanier College BDC Case Challenge organizer, was thrilled with this year’s 11th competition. “I am so pleased to see how this event allows students to meet other Marketing students from across Canada and network with them. No other case competition provides college and cegep level students with this kind of opportunity.”

“On a more personal note, I am ecstatic with the performance of the Vanier team consisting of Andrea Baaco, Chloé Barreau, Sabina Khan and Seham Allison, who won a Scotia Bank Award and made it to the finals. Their talent and capability, and their development and evolution in preparing for this event was utterly remarkable and inspiring.”

ScotiaBank finalist award winners included Vanier College, Collège Montmorency and Cégep régional de Lanaudière à Joliette from Québec, Okanagan College from British Columbia, St Lawrence College-Kingston from Ontario and SAIT Polytechnic (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) from Alberta.

BDC is the principal sponsor of this competition.

About BDC
Canada’s business development bank, BDC, puts entrepreneurs first. With almost 2,000 employees and more than 100 business centres across the country, BDC offers loans,  consulting services, growth and business transition capital, securitization, as well as venture capital to more than 30,000 small and medium-sized companies. Their success is vital to Canada’s economic prosperity. To learn more, please visit www.bdc.ca.