Distinguished Alumni: Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock, a PhD student in the Faculty of Social Work at the U. of Toronto, has won the Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award.

“To me, this award is really a credit to all who have so generously taught and supported me through the years,” says Cindy (shown below), who graduated from Kelly Road and started her post-secondary studies at CNC.

One fellowship of up to $25,000 is awarded annually to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding academic and extracurricular leadership, including a commitment to enhancing the student experience of his/her peers, and to community outreach and involvement. The award was created in 2002 in recognition of Professor Adel S. Sedra’s contributions during his nine-year term as Vice- President and Provost of the University of Toronto.

Cindy recalls an early experience with CNC English instructor (and now former Dean), Dr. Don Precosky: “[He] made me re-write that essay five times, and during that process reminded me that learning is a privilege that takes effort and commitment . . . I have since been forever thankful.”

With campuses throughout north-central BC, the College of New Caledonia is the region’s only comprehensive post-secondary education provider and the first choice for university transfer arts & science, business, social & health sciences, technologies, trades and adult upgrading.