On a beautiful fall day in October, many of us gathered for the 2016 Camosun College School of Health and Human Services Awards Celebration. The pre-cermony gathering took place at the Na'tsa'maht venue on the Lansdowne campus where Camosun staff, students, family members, friends and donors gathered for some light refreshment and conversation. We were then ushered to the Young Auditorium for the awards presentations which were hosted by long time Phoenix friend and Chair of Community, Family and Child Studies. Robin Fast. This yeatr, over 70 awards were presented. The recipients of the two Phoenix awards (The James Guthrie Memorial Award and the Phoenix Human Services Award) were Riley Vaskic and Keenan Andrew. Like many attendees, I sat through the entire presentation and was I ever rewarded when who came up to accept awards but two of our own Phoenix staff members, Haley Tarnow and Sarah Bulmer. Haley received the Dr. Alistair and Janet Baird Award for her work in the Interdisciplinary Mental Health and Addictions program and recognized as 'a student who strives to develop knowledge and frontline skills with the intention of engaging in direct care for individuals with mental health issues. Further that 'these students should have demonstrated exceptional qualities of empathy, respect, facilitative leadership, and a strong committment to promoting advocacy for individuals and families who are living with mental illness'.
Sarah received the Beconnected Support Services Award for demonstrating 'dedication and leadership in supporting people with significant challenges and who, through his or her actions, promotes the respect for independence and individuality of each individual supported.' Congratulations to Riley, Keenan, Haley, Sarah and all of the recipients of this year's awards. With people of your talent, skills and personality in the helping sector, we have a very bright future ahead of us..