UNBC hon­ours out­stand­ing alumni

The Prince George Citizen - - Local | Weather - Ci­ti­zen staff

Two UNBC alumni – a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive at a ma­jor biotech­nol­ogy com­pany in Canada and a cham­pion for can­cer sur­vivors – re­cently re­ceived awards for their lead­er­ship and ser­vice.

David Llewellyn, the se­nior vice pres­i­dent for busi­ness op­er­a­tions at STEMCELL Tech­nolo­gies in Van­cou­ver, earned a bach­e­lor of science de­gree in chem­istry in 1997.

He re­ceived the Pro­fes­sional Ex­cel­lence Award based on his out­stand­ing pro­fes­sional con­tri­bu­tions to the so­cial, cul­tural and eco­nomic well-be­ing of so­ci­ety.

De­spite his busy sched­ule, Llewellyn gives back to his alma mater, reg­u­larly vis­it­ing UNBC to meet with stu­dents and hire UNBC grad­u­ates. He en­gages stu­dents in re­search talks dis­cussing var­i­ous ini­tia­tives at STEMCELL and pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tive lec­tures on the work that his com­pany is in­volved in.

Sarah White, who earned a bach­e­lor of so­cial work de­gree in 2007, and is cur­rently work­ing on a grad­u­ate de­gree in coun­selling, re­ceived the UNBC Dis­tin­guished Alumni Award for Com­mu­nity Ser­vice for her role in found­ing the North­ern Can­cer Sur­vivor So­ci­ety, the first can­cer sup­port group of its kind in Prince Ge­orge.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion has an ac­tive soup/ care pack­age pro­gram de­liv­ered to individual­s’ homes on week­ends. It also in­volves vol­un­teers vis­it­ing peo­ple in hos­pi­tal and do­ing house­hold re­pairs to rais­ing money to help peo­ple with med­i­cal ex­penses.

“As UNBC grad­u­ates, both David and Sarah have be­come out­stand­ing lead­ers who are mak­ing valu­able con­tri­bu­tions in their pro­fes­sions and com­mu­ni­ties,” said UNBC Pres­i­dent Daniel Weeks. “They are just two more ex­am­ples of UNBC alumni who con­tinue to do amaz­ing work and are role mod­els for both our alumni and stu­dents.”

A spe­cial awards com­mit­tee se­lected the re­cip­i­ents based on nom­i­na­tions sub­mit­ted to the UNBC Alumni Coun­cil.

“It is al­ways a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity when we can rec­og­nize our alumni and show­case how they have con­trib­uted to their alma mater,” said UNBC Alumni Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Jen­nifer Young.

“Through their lead­er­ship and ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing oth­ers, they help in­spire cur­rent UNBC stu­dents and fel­low alumni.”



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