Joanna Polillo, a fourth-year student in NC’s Bachelor of Applied Business – International Commerce and Global Development program, was one of four accomplished women honoured at last night’s Women in Business Awards, hosted by Niagara College.
Polillo received the Up and Coming award, as the most outstanding post-secondary student in business, marketing or event management.
Presented by Sun Media, the Women in Business Awards honour the achievement of business women in Niagara.
In addition to her studies, Polillo has served as president of Niagara College’s International Club, and has helped raise awareness and funds for local and international non-profit organizations, including Gillian’s Place and War Child Canada. As events manager at Heart Niagara, she was involved in many community events to promote sustainability and heart health. She has also worked in South Africa for the Centre for Rural Development and with Ntinga Development Agency, and has helped shape NC’s Be World Ready campaign and passport program.
She thanked her professors, including Dawit Eshetu, Agostino Menna and John McTavish, for making her experience at Niagara College such a success.
“Being a student at Niagara College has provided me with so many opportunities and has given me the confidence to pursue my goals,” she said.
Niagara College was also the sponsor of a the new educator award. NC’s director of workforce and business development Fiona Allan presented the award to Ann Marie Maloney of Mother Theresa Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines. Other honourees included Deb Zahra, operating partner of Boston Pizza in Welland, who received the community spirit and corporate awards, and Sherry Campbell, owner and principal therapist at the Sherry Campbell Group in Ridgeway, who received the entrepreneur award.
The awards were held in the Applied Health Institute auditorium. Prior to the awards ceremony, nominees and guests gathered in the Learning Commons for a reception, and enjoyed food, beer and wine provided by the Canadian Food and Wine Institute.