Introducing the 2017 Alumni Award recipients
Just days before our 101st birthday, SAIT celebrated another big milestone. This year marked the 30th anniversary of SAIT's Alumni Awards program, where we welcomed five new award recipients — a gentle visionary, a tireless caregiver, a young builder, a community champion and a hip hop trailblazer — to the Distinguished Alumni Circle.
2017 SAIT Distinguished Alumni
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
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.
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