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Celebrating awards for education excellence

SAIT donors joined students, faculty and staff from the MacPhail School of Energy, the School of Construction and the School of Business for a special student awards luncheon in the Irene Lewis Atrium. A total of 430 people attended the event in April. Student award recipients represented each school and spoke on behalf of their peers.

Business student Daniel Kwagbenu, recipient of the Right Honourable Don Mazankowski award, described his experiences as an immigrant and how SAIT has transformed his life. Blair Schille, School of Construction, talked about how SAIT provided her with hands-on skills to fuel her passion for architecture. She received the Alberta Association of Architects — Cecil S. Burgess award.

Jocelyn Klyne, an Electrical Engineering Technology student, said after 30 years and a variety of jobs, she found her passion at SAIT. The recipient of the Fluor Canada Ltd. award explained she accomplished her career goals attending classes full time while holding down a full-time job. “I hope I’ve set an example for my kids that with hard work and a never-give-up attitude you can accomplish whatever you want.”   

Keynote speaker Duff Gibson, a Canadian Winter Olympic gold medalist, reminded students to be thankful to the people and businesses that establish student awards. “The donors, your family, your friends and your classmates are part of your team. They really deserve your acknowledgment and gratitude.”