Niagara College student leader receives national award from CiCan


AliceMary Nakiwala finished her term as president of the Niagara College Student Administrative Council (NCSAC) with official recognition of her leadership when she was presented with a 2017 Award of Excellence from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan).

The recipient of a bronze CiCan Student Excellence Award, Nakiwala was applauded for being an award-winning student, a valuable member of the College’s student life team, an eager contributor to campus life, and for her leadership with the NCSAC.

“It was my absolute privilege and honour to serve the students of Niagara College as the NCSAC president for the 2016-2017 academic year. This award was the perfect way to finish off my long four-year college life,” said Nakiwala. “Receiving a national award is not only humbling but also puts me in a position to appreciate myself and the hard work I have done while on NCSAC as president. I have accomplished far more than I ever thought I would possibly do.”

Award recipients were announced during CiCan’s annual conference on May 2 in Ottawa. CICan Awards of Excellence recognize best practices from institutions across the country, as well as individual leadership and achievements.

“The recipients of our awards of excellence embody the best that colleges and institutes have to offer in a variety of sectors and disciplines,” said CICan president and CEO, Denise Amyot. “They are examples of innovation and dedication that make our institutions proud and contribute to the vibrant and welcoming culture found on campuses across Canada.”

Born in Uganda, Nakiwala moved to Canada in 2013 to attend the College’s Graphic Design program, from which she graduated in June 2016. As the College’s 2016-17 SAC president, she was the first to be elected by the student body, rather than voted in by the SAC board of directors. Prior to being president, she served as executive vice president on the Welland Campus Board of Directors.

Nakiwala, who lives in St. Catharines, is proud of the fact that she was part of the board which launched the Rise and Shine breakfast program, which offers all students a free healthy breakfast twice a week at the College. As president, she followed in the footsteps of her predecessors by making it a priority to advocate for transit and she was pleased to see the new GO bus stop recently located at the NOTL campus.

“My experience at Niagara College has been amazing. I cannot express enough how grateful I am for the opportunities Niagara College has given me,” she said. “There is nothing special about me, it’s just the fact that I grabbed every opportunity that I was presented with, like any regular NC student.”

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

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