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Media Release
Release Date: May 4, 2018

Camosun College hosted its second national conference for Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) at the Empress Hotel and Conference Centre, April 29 to May 1.

More than 950 educators and leaders from colleges and institutes across Canada and around the world participated, making “Na’tsa’maht: Working together as one,” the highest attended CICan Conference in over 20 years.

Camosun faculty, staff, administrators and Board members led or hosted several important workshops at the event, including: leadership and governance; student experience; applied research; entrepreneurship and innovation; the future of skills; and, international education.

“One of the common themes for all institutes nation-wide is the topic of reconciliation, and our faculty and staff in Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen, the Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections, did an amazing and insightful job of weaving Indigenous cultural teachings and this important theme and throughout the rich content of the conference program,” said Camosun President Sherri Bell.

Camosun was also honoured to receive two prestigious CICan Awards of Excellence this year. Two teams from Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen and the School of Trades and Technology were recognized at the conference for their exceptional work in these areas:

Gold CICan Excellence Award for Indigenous Education

Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen, Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections [video]

This award recognizes Camosun and Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen’s accomplishments in delivering culturally-relevant and outstanding Indigenous education, programs and services to this community for over 25 years.

“From enhancing Indigenous student success through integrating Indigenous content into curriculum, to the Elders program, employee training, our community partnerships, and the work being done toward reconciliation, we congratulate Janice Simcoe and all the faculty and staff of Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen for their incredible educational contributions,” added Bell.

Bronze CICan Leadership Excellence Award for Non-Managerial Staff

Olaf Nielsen, Tom Newton, Susan Wilson and Larry Underwood

This award recognizes the innovative Carpentry Apprentice Training educational model developed by Camosun’s School of Trades and Technology for the remote communities of the Nuxalk Nation.

“This team’s collaborative approach, strong relationship building and teamwork together resulted in a highly successful trades training program that has currently yielded 31 carpentry apprentices now working and benefiting that community,” said Bell.

“Thank you to all those on our Camosun team who played a role in the success of this national post-secondary event,” added Bell.

CICan Organizing Committee: Anita Ferriss (Chair), Sherri Bell, Glen Allen, Sybil Harrison, Roseanne Harvey, Tanya Kirkland, Heather Martin and Lisa Stekelenburg

Emcees: Carter MacDonald and Alex Nelson

CICan Host/Volunteer Committee: Lisa Stekelenburg (Host/Volunteer Coordinator) and all of our 82 Camosun College volunteers.

More information:


Roseanne Harvey
Marketing & Communications Strategist
Camosun College
250-415-6508 |

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About Colleges and Institutes Canada

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the voice of Canada's publicly-supported colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics, and an international leader in education for employment with ongoing programs in over 25 countries. CICan's members add over $190B to Canada's economy each year and contribute to inclusive economic growth by working with industry and community partners to offer more than 10,000 programs to learners in urban, rural, remote, and northern communities.

Last updated: May 4, 2018 12:30 pm

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