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Internationally recognized artist and talented business woman to be honoured at 2013 Grad ceremony

June 3, 2013

Camosun College is proud to announce John Boehme as recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award and Avery Graham as recipient of the Promising Alumni Award for 2013. The awards will be presented at Camosun College's 2013 Graduation ceremony on June 13 and 14 at the Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence.

John Boehme – Distinguished Alumni Award

John Boehme

An enthusiastic and positive force in the Victoria arts scene and respected instructor, John Boehme graduated from Camosun's Visual Arts program in 1994 and returned to the college as a Visual Arts instructor in 2000.

John's art is eagerly requested by international arts venues around the world. His exceptional talent as one of Canada's leading performance artists has led to numerous awards including being shortlisted for Canada's prestigious Sobey Art Award. He has participated in events, screenings, exhibitions, biennials, festivals and residencies in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and Central America.

In both the college community and Victoria's visual arts community, John is extremely active. He uses his performing arts skills to act as emcee and auctioneer at numerous fundraising events. He's always the first person to volunteer his services in any situation of need.

On being named this year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award John says, "I am overjoyed at being recognized as a distinguished alumni and equally elated at the possibility of assisting others to achieve their dreams." Learn more.

Avery Graham – Promising Alumni Award

Avery Graham

Recent Business graduate and aspiring community leader Avery Graham graduated from Camosun's Business Administration program in 2012. Since then she has garnered respect from her peers in the local business community.

Six months after taking the role as Business Manager for her family's Mobil 1 Lube Express outlet, which opened in September 2012, she was nominated for a Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce Black Tie Award for exceptional customer service. A recent billboard advertising campaign design for Mobil 1 so impressed the Jim Pattison Group that they now recommend it as 'best practice' to other clients.

A true measure of Avery's character is her devotion to community service. She has been instrumental in cancer fundraising activities on Vancouver Island and would like to organize support to help build a school in the developing world.

On being named this year's recipient of the Promising Alumni Award Avery says, "I feel so honoured to be acknowledged and I hope it inspires other upcoming graduates. The sky is really the limit for them. They might not get their dream job out of college but hard work really does pay off." Learn more.


The awards will be presented at the 2013 Camosun College Graduation Ceremonies at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence at the Interurban Campus. Avery will be presented the Promising Alumni Award at the June 13 ceremony at 2pm and John will be presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the June 14 ceremony at 2pm.

The Camosun Alumni Association wishes to congratulate the other nominees for this year's Distinguished Alumni Award including Frances Litman, Mary Mavretic, Jennifer Ramsay, Ron Heal, and Linda Leone.

Media Contact

Karla Sandwith
Communications & Advancement
Camosun College
Phone: 250-370-4235
Cell: 250-508-4842

About Camosun's alumni awards

The Promising Alumni Award recognizes the outstanding service and accomplishments of an exceptional alumnus who graduated within the last 10 years. Nominees will be graduates who demonstrate a real commitment to others through community service and career accomplishments with a clear prediction of future successes. The award includes a $500 gift to be used in the college's library to purchase materials in the recipient's graduating discipline.

The Distinguished Alumni Award honours an alumnus who has distinguished themselves by contributions made in their own particular fields of work and in service to community and who graduated more than 10 years ago. The award carries a $1000 fund to be directed towards a college project or a student bursary for students in financial need.

Last updated: September 23, 2015 5:13 pm

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