Andrew Kooman receives Distinguished Alumnus Award at 2016 RDC Community Awards
Andrew Kooman strives to tell exceptional stories that have a lasting impact on the world. Andrew’s storytelling journey has led him to Red Deer College in different ways, first as a student and then as an employee. He graduated from the Bachelor of Arts collaborative degree program between Red Deer College and the University of Calgary in 2003. He later graduated from the Multimedia Web Developer program at RDC in 2008, and worked at the College as a Public Relations Consultant from 2011 to 2014.
Andrew is an author and playwright, and his writing has been published around the world and translated into 10 languages. His critically acclaimed play, She Has A Name, investigates the sex trade in Southeast Asia. The play premiered in Calgary in 2011 and toured Canada the following year. It continues to be produced throughout North America and is currently being translated into Spanish. The film adaptation was filmed in Thailand in 2015, with a projected release date of December, 2016.
Andrew is committed to helping change areas of social injustice, through his creative works and fundraising activities. Through a strategic partnership with A Better World Canada, he helped to create the She Has A Name project in Bangkok, which supports the Home of New Beginnings. The project has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help women leaving the sex trade to receive healing, counselling and education. In addition, his commissioned theatrical works have helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations in central Alberta.
With his integrity, compassion and humility, Andrew is an inspiration to Red Deer College students and the community of Red Deer, as well as anyone familiar with his work and writings. Andrew looks to make a difference in the world, whether it’s in his hometown of Red Deer, where he co-founded Unveil Studios with his brothers, Matthew and Daniel, or on a more global scale, where he is dedicated to informing the public about the extent of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
On May 18, Andrew received the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award at the RDC Community Awards, in recognition for his personal and professional achievements, as well as public service.