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It's one of woodworking's biggest student talent showcases on the planet and it takes place under the bright lights of Las Vegas. A pair of Selkirk College Fine Woodworking Program students were part of an elite group of post-secondary talents who had impressive pieces included in the AWFS's Fresh Wood Competition.
You may recognize John Ryan as leader of the Moving Mosaic Samba Band. The band plays traditional Brazilian rhythms at festivals around the West Kootenay, connecting with community its mission. Just a few years ago, Ryan took this mission to heart as he sought out a new path.
Selkirk College recently awarded family nurse practitioner Patrice Gordon with the Distinguished Alumna honour at the Graduation 2017 ceremony held at the Castlegar Campus. The earnest professional provides compassionate care to isolated First Nations communities in British Columbia’s Chilcotin region while responding to crises world-wide as part of the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Unit.
Selkirk College will award ski industry veteran Steve Paccagnan at the upcoming Graduation 2017 ceremony at the Castlegar Campus with the Distinguished Alumnus honour to recognize his excellence in advancing outdoor recreation in Canada.
The owners of Nelson’s chic Lōkel Hair Studio personify their namesake. It doesn’t get much more local than the duo Ashely Simon and Michelle Devine. They were locally born and raised, locally schooled and are now local business owners.
One of Selkirk College’s top Hairstylist Program graduates has cut, coloured and up-done herself to a successful career in a downtown Vancouver salon. Full of enthusiasm and ambition, she’s just 20 years old. Amber Beckjord graduated from Selkirk College’s Hairstylist Program in 2014 at the age of 17 passionate about all things hair.
After getting a solid foundation in the Selkirk College Engineering Program, Peter Kremler went on to the University of Victoria to finish his degree in Electrical Engineering. When the Kaslo native graduated this Spring, he was honoured with the IEEE Victoria Section Gold Medal for achieving top marks in his program.
A desire to travel, meet people and discover new experiences drew Kiraya Spencer to the dynamic hospitality industry. With a strong start at Selkirk College, the young professional continues to thrive while traveling the world seeking out knowledge elevating her abilities. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has now selected Spencer to its respected SUMMIT Leadership Program, an exciting next step for the West Kootenay native recognized as a strong leader of tomorrow.
In 2009, Kiesza was a member of the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology grad class and has since taken the knowledge she gained at the Tenth Street Campus to extraordinary heights in her chosen industry. At the Graduation 2016 Ceremony on Friday, Selkirk College will recognize the outstanding alumna's accomplishments.
Successful tech entrepreneur Brian Fry has deep roots in the West Kootenay. Rossland born and raised, he was coached to the National Alpine Ski Team before an accident changed the course of his life. Turning to Selkirk College, he gained confidence and a keen interest in computers that would carry him into a future marketing technology.
When Selkirk College was looking for a creative way to leave a lasting impression for special occasions, the search ended close to home with alumna Hannah Jarvis-Lingard who created a branded line of ceramics.