Two Red River College international students were recognized this week in a ceremony at Red River College. The International Student of the Year Awards, offered by the Manitoba Council for International Education (MCIE) and the International Education Branch of the Government of Manitoba (IEB) recognize the contributions of international students to the Manitoba community. Three students are selected each year in Secondary, Post-Secondary, and Language Programs Categories.
The recipient of the award for Post-Secondary Students, Andy Thong Quoc Pham, has been a student at Red River College since 2013, completing language studies in the Language Training Centre before starting the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute in the Exchange District Campus. Since his arrival as a new international student from Vietnam, Andy has made important leadership contributions to our student community. Not only has he excelled academically, but Andy has been intensely involved in campus life, volunteering to represent his class on the Student Advisory Board and participating as a Global Mentor in the Cultural and Language Mentor Program. He also completed the Ally Training with the LGBTT* Initiative and successfully launched an “LGBTT* and Friends Club” on campus. Andy is outgoing and friendly, and reaches out to support and advocate for his classmates and others on campus. As he enters the second year of his program, Andy plans to maintain a high GPA and run for an elected position on the Students’ Association Executive.
The Language Program Award winner, Rae Ting Ting Shi, graduated from the Red River College Language Training Centre (LTC) in April of 2014. During her time at the LTC, Rae was proactive, organized and resourceful as she worked to improve her English skills. She also contributed to LTC community with her positive attitude, creativity and flexibility. She participated in both class and College events and even took it upon herself to organize potlucks and other activities for her fellow students. Since completing her studies at Red River College, Rae plans to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education.
On June 15, Andy and Rae were presented with their awards, which include a certificate signed by the Minister of Education and Advanced Learning and a monetary prize of $200. They will also be recognized in the Fall at the Annual Welcome Party for Immigrant and International Students.
These students embody the best aspects of our wonderful and diverse international student body. Congratulations to our two very deserving winners!
Story written by Norlan Page, Student Integration Coordinator, Diversity and Intercultural Services.