Celebrating our stars

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“When I heard I’d won the Career Virtuoso Award, I got an instant lump in my throat,” she says. “I truly felt honoured and proud.”

Gallant has always searched for the human aspect of her subjects, whether covering education, politics, health issues or any one of several topics she’s unravelled for readers.

“The college gave me the skills to go out and be a reporter. To be recognized years later as someone who’s enjoyed a successful career, without leaving Lethbridge, is icing. From the moment I enrolled there, everything began to change for me.”

Community Leader Award: Richard Huculiak

In civilian clothes now, he will long be recognized as a peace officer who served with compassion wherever he was posted. For leaving the communities in which he served better for his time in them, retired RCMP constable Richard Huculiak is Lethbridge College’s Community Leader Award recipient for 2011.

Transferred to Wetaskiwin in 2004, in the 15th year of his service with the force, Huculiak was assigned the following year to assist in creating a cadet corps of Hobbema children to help ease gang violence in the First Nations community.

“Knowing the number of alumni who would be nominated, and my absence from the Lethbridge area for more than 21 years, I’m honoured to receive this award,” he says.

Huculiak has given much of himself through his vision and mission to work with young people in the communities he policed.

“I remain connected to Lethbridge College because of its credible, respected instructors and programs and the positive reputation of Lethbridge College.”

Rising Star Award: Bram Timmer

Why are the good ones always taken? Snapped up by an employer while still wearing his grad gown, Bram Timmer is still rocketing skyward and is Lethbridge College’s Rising Star for 2011.

He has, in less than seven years, become an accomplished graphic designer, art director and photographer associated with an alphabet of brands including Applebee’s, Bombardier, the Canadian Football League and more.

“I’m truly humbled by receiving the Rising Star award from Lethbridge College,” says Timmer.

Bram’s clients include enough A-list companies to make him a sought-after designer. But he’s also volunteered his expertise to aiding groups such as Habitat for Humanity and others.

He has given his talents to print and web work at events in Amsterdam, Seoul, San Francisco, Hollywood, New York and Toronto. Somehow, Lethbridge College kept calling him back.

“After guest lecturing at the college in 2009, I realized many of my old instructors were still lingering in the hallways and cracking the same jokes; it felt as if time stood still here.”

Timmer has photographed David Suzuki, Ricky Gervais, William Shatner and Jason Priestley, yet still guest lectures at Lethbridge College.

“My best advice to students would be to learn a small base to begin with; don’t let yourself get engulfed in one direction.”

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