'NorQuest helped me develop as a person’

June 02, 2017

College’s top graduate ready to make a difference        

This year’s President’s Medal winner, Vanya Skipper, originally chose NorQuest College because the programming it offered matched her career goals.

Today at Convocation 2017 at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton she gained much more than a diploma; she was awarded the college’s highest student honour, epitomizing the qualities that make NorQuest graduates so attractive to Alberta employers.

“I am really excited to represent NorQuest College as a professional,” says the Therapeutic Recreation program grad, who finished with an impeccable 3.98 grade point average and is working as a casual employee at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Centre. “I feel the college really represents my values. NorQuest is all about empowering people and even though I am now 30 years old, NorQuest helped me develop as a person.”

Skipper credits NorQuest’s unique student population, and the thoughtful mentoring attributes of its faculty, as reasons she performed so well.

“I saw my education as an opportunity to grow. I just loved being in class, especially the group discussions. There is such a diversity among students at NorQuest that so many countries were involved on our conversations. I learned so much.”

What she didn’t need to learn, however, was a desire to help people—that trait was instilled years earlier, even before she earned a bachelor of psychology degree from the University of Victoria in 2004.

“I just knew all along I wanted to work in a healing profession and therapeutic recreation is everything I could ask for in a career.”

She hopes more people are able to find their passion through NorQuest.

“I have been a NorQuest supporter all along. But now, especially with the responsibilities of this honour, I will talk to as many people as I can. I feel like telling all my patients that if they have any kids who are thinking about college, send them to NorQuest.”