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ACCC 2013 Student Leadership Excellence Award Recognizes Future Talent From George Brown College

Penticton, BC, June 3, 2013 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) today honoured George Brown College student, Benjamin Valliquette Kissell, with its 2013 Gold Award for Student Leadership Excellence.  

“We were impressed by Benjamin’s commitment to volunteerism and his ability to build relationships with people and organizations,” said ACCC President and CEO James Knight. “He has continually demonstrated strong leadership skills while practicing an open, collaborative approach to team work.”

Benjamin is an exceptional student leader and ambassador for George Brown College. His passion for community engagement, championing public-private partnerships and engagement at the local, national and international levels have contributed to college life and student success. Benjamin promoted literacy and helped under-funded libraries in the Philippines; travelled to China on behalf of George Brown College, in cooperation with the organization Canadian Wood, to increase the knowledge and use of Canadian wood products; and formed a Technology Student Network for students and alumni of the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies.

The Silver Student Leadership Excellence Award was presented to Fanshawe College’s Kendra Sauder, for her charitable efforts, vice presidency role on the Student Union and support for new students. The Bronze award recognized Darryl Power from Olds College for his contribution to the campus community, the town of Olds, the college’s Board of Governors and his role as Student Association President.

ACCC’s Awards of Excellence recognize and promote excellence in Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics. The awards showcase extraordinary contributions of individuals and programs to their institutions’ success and highlight the role colleges play in social, economic and cultural development.

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics, serving 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses in 1,000 urban, rural and remote communities.


For more information:

Shawn Dearn
Director, Communications and Information Services
ACCC, Public Affairs
613-746-2222 ext. 3123