Camosun Medical Radiography alumni receive top academic honours
This year not one but three recent alumni of Camosun College’s Medical Radiography diploma program will receive the 2020 Governor General’s Collegiate Bronze Medal for their perfect grades in the college’s popular two-year diploma program.
The Collegiate Bronze Medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall average upon graduation from a diploma-level, post-secondary program.
"Congratulations to all three of our outstanding award winners, we are incredibly proud of your achievements and wish you every success in the future," says Camosun President Sherri Bell. "A perfect grade point average speaks to the high calibre of our instructors and educational facilities coupled with students who will go on to make a difference in their community."
Kelsey Houston, Kasi Schnablegger, and Mel Tsai achieved a perfect 9.0 or A+ grade point average in each of the required courses for their program.
On hearing the news of her award, Kelsey Houston said, "I knew this program was going to be demanding, but I was willing to make sacrifices to excel. I am proud of what I have achieved during my time at Camosun and I'm excited about the career path I chose." Today Kelsey is working as an x-ray technologist at Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island. "The support from our instructors and our small cohort of classmates was really like a family – something you don't get in a big university," she said.
Mel Tsai is currently volunteering with the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists to help develop a new online course focusing on how medical radiation technologists can provide better care for people who are part of the LGBTQ2+ community.
"It's good to know that the work you put into your education pays off," says Mel. "The Medical Radiography program was demanding but I like the way it alternated between clinical work and classroom theory so that students didn't get too burnt out."
Kasi Schnablegger is working as an x-ray technologist at both the Victoria General and Royal Jubilee hospitals in Victoria. She's also taking MRI (Medical Resonance Imaging) courses through BCIT to add to her skill set. "I am very proud and excited to receive this award," says Kasi. "I worked really hard in all of my courses, the instructors were fantastic and I loved the program. The small class size really helped; it was a fun and supportive environment."
Camosun's Medical Radiography program is an intensive, two-year, applied program that prepares students to become part of an integrated medical team as qualified Medical Radiation Technologists. Students study human anatomy, radiographic procedures, physics, medical imaging, pathology and patient management through a combination of in-class theory and on-site clinical rotations on the South Island.
Normally, the award winners would be honoured during Camosun's Graduation Ceremonies. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, in-person events were cancelled in 2020.
Established in 1971, Camosun is one of the largest colleges in British Columbia with campuses located on the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆpeoples.
2020 Governor General’s Collegiate Bronze Medal winners (l to r): Kasi Schnablegger, Mel Tsai, and Kelsey Houston
The Governor General's Collegiate Bronze Medal
Last updated: November 23, 2020 9:22 am