VCC's Outstanding Alumni Awards are designed to celebrate the career and community achievements of our graduates and supporters. These annual awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the quality and expertise of VCC's alumni and friends, and help us reconnect our alumni back to the College community. As well, showcasing these diverse success stories helps VCC raise its brand profile in the community. Since the awards' inception in 2005, we have recognized a total of 45 alumni from VCC programs, with seven honorary alumni and two lifetime achievement awards.
Nominations close November 29, 2019. Award winners will be celebrated at an invitation-only reception on February 5, 2020 and recognized at spring and fall convocation ceremonies.
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/Principal, Synthesis Design Inc.
An early start in drafting led to a career in architecture. Curtis opened Synthesis Design Inc. in North Vancouver in 1993, and has been designing residential homes ever since. Over the years, he has employed many VCC grads, and continues to stay connected with VCC’s CAD and BIM Technologies program through the Program Advisory Committee and by offering tours to current students. Curtis is actively pursuing building methods that are more affordable, follow green building practices, and are less intrusive to neighbourhoods during the building process.
Co-director, The Food Gays
Jeremy has taken a VCC baking diploma and created a whole new paradigm for success in the field. Jeremy is a food blogger, photographer, and author. He is one of the duo behind the Food Gays, having created a virtual empire, complete with television appearances, books, and over 62,000 followers on Instagram. Jeremy’s success is blazing a new path in an ancient tradition.
Musician, VCC music instructor
Alan is a professional and multi-talented jazz and classical trumpet player, a pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher. VCC students and faculty are extremely fortunate to have such a world-class expert on the history of jazz in their midst. In addition to teaching, Alan enriches the lives of countless music lovers by leading his own big band, nonet, septet, and trio, and writing arrangements for such jazz legends as Clark Terry and Bud Shank.
Clinical Informatics, Vancouver Coastal Health
Kyoung is a proud member of VCC’s very first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) cohort. After VCC, she went on to complete a graduate degree at the University of Victoria in health informatics. Kyoung is demonstrating strong leadership in the development of health care in a way that empowers clients and addresses health inequities through the innovative use of technology. Most of her work focusses on treating older adults with chronic illnesses. Kyoung has presented her findings in a number of forums; she is definitely one to watch in the field of disease management for those with significant barriers to localized care.
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.