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Introducing the 2017 Alumni Award recipients

The five 2017 Alumni Award recipients truly represent the spirit of SAIT. Left to right: Victor Buffalo (CHT '64), David Sartorelli (EMTP '82), Nicky Nash (BA '08), Avree Bujaczek (BCPM '15), and Albert Myles Mejia (AST '10. BA '14).

Just days before our 101st birthday, SAIT is celebrating another big anniversary. This year marks the 30th year of the SAIT Alumni Awards program. On Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 friends, family and alumni will gather on campus to celebrate that milestone and welcome five new award recipients to SAIT's Distinguished Alumni Circle. 

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to recognize this important landmark and to add more names to the long and illustrious list of Distinguished and Outstanding Young Alumni," says SAIT President and CEO, Dr. David Ross.

"The five we are paying tribute to this year truly represent the spirit of SAIT: a gentle visionary, a tireless caregiver, a young builder, a community champion and a hip hop trailblazer. You can't get any more original than that."

Our new SAIT Alumni Award recipients are: 

2017 SAIT Distinguished Alumni

Victor Buffalo
Chemical Technology 1964

Working to build a brighter future for his people through education and economic development, Victor Buffalo served as Chief of the Samson Cree Nation, co-founded the Peace Hills Trust Company, built four state-of-the-art schools, established the Samson Education Trust Fund and received the Order of Canada for his efforts. Read more about Victor Buffalo.

David Sartorelli (1957-2014)
Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic 1982

As a paramedic in Calgary's downtown core for 32 years, David Sartorelli was known for sharing a kind word, a reassuring touch, and advocating for patients who weren't being heard. He was the first person to receive both the Alberta College of Paramedics Award of Excellence and the Federal Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. Read more about David Sartorelli.

2017 SAIT Outstanding Young Alumni 

Nicky Nash
Business Administration 2008

Contributing to the community is second nature to Nicky Nash. At Kids Up Front Calgary, Nicky and her team work with 230 partner agencies to distribute donated tickets for events such as hockey games, concerts and plays to youth who are experiencing poverty, abuse, illness or disability. Read more about Nicky Nash.

Avree Bujaczek
B.Sc. Construction Project Management 2015

There's a generation gap in the construction industry, and 29-year-old Avree Bujaczek is determined to address it. She knows first-hand the rewards of construction work, having been involved in projects ranging from the Airport Trail tunnel and new runway, to flood mitigation at the Calgary Zoo. Read more about Avree Bujaczek.

Albert Myles Mejia
Aircraft Structures Technician 2010, Business Administration 2014

This 27-year-old designer and entrepreneur owns his own streetwear company, is a professional dancer who co-founded Empirical Freedom, and he is also the founder of YYC SOLEdiers — a community of people passionate about sneakers. Read more about Albert Myles Mejia.

2017 Alumni Awards Ceremony
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SAIT 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception