Congratulations to our most recent Outstanding Alumni Award winners! These are the latest in a long line of VCC alumni that have made significant contributions to their industries and communities. Honorees represent four distinct categories and each winner has distinguished themselves with unique stories of success, inspiration, and dedication.
Founder, The Collective Beauty Studio
Loni Yee graduated from VCC as a hairstylist in 2005, then went on to open her own salon, The Collective Beauty Studio, in Steveston Village. Here, Loni specializes in modern approaches to cut, colour, and styling. She also facilitates donation of ponytails to Wigs for Kids BC. In January 2020, Loni's salon undertook a massive fundraising initiative and raised $80,000 for this charity! Loni also employs several VCC grads in her salon.
Iron Chef/Executive Chef, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Alex Chen has achieved a stunning level of notoriety in a very short amount of time. He boasts more than a decade of experience at some of the most acclaimed hotels across North America, and has been the driving force behind Vancouver's celebrated Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. Alex regularly hires and mentors VCC graduates as he views their success as his success. Alex also has a true affinity for high-pressure culinary competitions as a competitor, as a mentor, and as a judge. He is likely best known for his win on Iron Chef Canada in 2018, and we'll see him shortly on Food Network Canada's upcoming "Wall of Chefs."
Apprentice chocolatier, Chez Christophe & World Skills 2019 competitor
Clarissa "Claire" Roque placed 5th in the Patisserie and Confectionery category at the WorldSkills Kazan 2019 competition hosted in Russia this past summer. Claire consistently demonstrates grace and maturity under pressure, and thrives in highly competitive environments. Even at 19, Claire is no stranger to pushing the creative limits of her craft with impeccable taste and extraordinary focus.
Lead designer, Davie & Chiyo, and entrepreneur
Mishel Bouillet has both a diploma in fashion design and a certificate in small business management from VCC. She has stayed true to her roots in fashion, but adapted where necessary to survive--and thrive--in a tough industry. Currently, Mishel is lead designer for Davie & Chiyo, and will be launching Studio BOUQUET, a new line of gender-fluid, minimally-silhouetted matrimonial wear due out in the Spring of 2020.
The Outstanding Alumni Awards were established to recognize the outstanding achievements of our graduates and non-alumni who have made a significant contribution to VCC and/or the local community.