The Student Life and Community Experience (SLCE) Department will be hosting their now annual Student Life Engagement Awards in an effort to honour individuals who have given countless hours of service to the community.
The awards ceremony will be held on March 22 in Pond Inlet from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will see over 30 students awarded for their involvement with the department both on and off campus. Awards will be presented after opening remarks, followed by dinner. Immediately after the dinner, the attendees will have the opportunity to network with a number of SLCE’s community partners. Awards will be presented in each of the following categories:
Community Achievement Award — Presented to a Brock Student(s) for their volunteer efforts in the Niagara community.
Global Achievement Award — Presented to a Brock student(s) or a club/group who has made significant contribution to international humanitarian projects.
Student Life Involvement Award — Presented to a Brock Student(s) who has made significant contributions to the SLCE events in the 2018-2019 academic year.
Though this is only the second iteration of the Student Life Engagement Awards, SLCE has always highlighted the efforts made by their student and community partners with a different event.
“In the past, we have hosted an annual Volunteer Appreciation Night to thank students who have volunteered with us,” said Megan Brown, Community Engagement Coordinator for Brock SLCE. “Our goal with a more formal event is to showcase the breadth of services and programs that Student Life offers, and the impact both on-campus and in the community.”
According to Brown, six students from each of the three categories will be recognized formally and given physical awards at the ceremony. An additional 10 students who have completed their Campus Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) will be awarded at the ceremony with their certificates of engagement. Outside of the three categories of awardees, Platinum Leadership Awards will also be given out to select students who have completed all levels of the Foundations in Leadership program that is hosted at Brock periodically.
“In total, we are anticipating approximately 100 guests including student volunteers, nominees, community partners, and [SLCE] staff, and Brock administration,” said Brown.
Students who are set to receive awards go through both a nomination and review process in order to be selected. SLCE’s community partners first submit nomination forms to recognize outstanding Brock students that volunteer with their organization. After all forms have been received, staff from the SLCE team review and select the top nominees to receive the awards. The co-curricular engagement and leadership portfolio areas of the department select recipients for the CWC certificate of engagement and Platinum leadership awards, based on student completion of these programs.
Ceremonies such as the Student Life Engagement Awards can provide a way for organizations to thank the volunteers who work with them consistently and incentivize them to continue being dedicated.
“I think that this event is a great way for students and community members to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to Brock and the greater Niagara community,” said Brown. “Hundreds of students volunteer and engage with our department each year, so this event is our way of saying thank you to them, as well as sharing our impact with the Brock community.”
Invitations have been sent out to students who have volunteered with the SLCE department for whom the event is complementary.
Other interested guests are invited to purchase tickets to the ceremony online at engagementawards2019.eventbrite.ca at a cost of $20.