March – a month that kicks off spring, is touched by the luck of the Irish, and brings annual celebrations to the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
The month began with Intercultural Week, an annual celebration hosted by the Intercultural Centre. This year’s event, A Tapestry of Perspectives, launched with an unforgettable flash mob led by Bow Valley College learners. Throughout the rest of the week, the College community participated in campus activities which explored topics such as gender wage parity and food security.
On March 11, Bow Valley College joined Immigrant Services Calgary to celebrate the 20th annual Immigrant of Distinction Awards (IDA) Gala. This year's theme, Fostering a Legacy of Excellence, celebrated the accomplishments of dedicated people who represent Calgary’s immigrant and refugee population. It was a memorable evening filled with thought-provoking speeches. Wayne Chiu, founder of Trico Homes and Bow Valley College supporter, gave the keynote address, offering words of inspiration and a message of resiliency. Sharon Carry, President of Bow Valley College, and Elza Bruk, Dean of the CEIIA, were joined by members of CEIIA’s faculty and staff to celebrate the significant achievements of the award nominees. Bow Valley College was pleased to sponsor the IDA for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which was presented to this year’s award recipient, Bob Dhillon.
Finally, March 17 marked our annual professional development day. BVC faculty and staff came together to engage in valuable learning and to collectively celebrate being named as one of Alberta's Top 70 Employers for the third year in a row. The day began with a recognition of long service awards and employee excellence. Stacey Busse, a CEIIA instructor, was the recipient of this year’s Faculty Award of Excellence - a peer-nominated award acknowledging outstanding performance. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Stacey and the other BVC award recipients for their ongoing commitment to excellence.