Brittany van Vlaanderen receives Governor General’s Academic Bronze Medal as part of RDC’s 57th Convocation
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Brittany van Vlaanderen believes in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and this passionate belief led her to become a student in the Social Work Diploma program at Red Deer College. With an appreciation for both individuals and communities, the RDC community provided an ideal fit for Brittany to start her journey, and she became part of the connected and supportive team within the Social Work program in the fall of 2019.
In her courses, Brittany learned from her instructors and with her peers. She gained essential professional and personal insight into how to advocate for others and for herself, while also truly understanding the value of space and place. Through her practicum, Brittany had the opportunity to get involved with the community, gaining experience with the population she would like to work with, while still receiving mentorship and support from her instructors.
The personal growth she experienced during her practicum was reflected throughout courses in her program, where the importance of female, non-dominant leadership was emphasized. Brittany learned to appreciate and develop the leadership qualities she possesses, knowing that she has a place in creating the change she wants to see. As she thoughtfully integrated the knowledge and skills she gained through her program into practice, Brittany excelled as an RDC student, graduating with a GPA of 4.0 and four grades of A+ in the final year of her program.
Looking ahead, Brittany has been accepted to the University of Calgary to pursue her Bachelor of Social Work. Her future goals revolve around creating safe and inclusive communities for stigmatized populations. While she knows that fighting this systemic oppression and working to reduce stigma is going to be challenging and controversial, she believes her education at RDC – and what she will learn at U of C – will strengthen her knowledge and skills in these areas. Brittany looks forward to increasing her ability to practice Social Work in an anti-oppressive way that celebrates the diversity and strengths of the clients and communities she will be serving.
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About the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Collegiate Bronze Level): This award is given to the student with the highest academic standing upon completion of the final year of a diploma-level, post-secondary program. Outstanding students in Canadian education institutions have been receiving the Governor General’s Academic Medal for more than 140 years. First presented in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin, the medal recognizes and encourages academic excellence across Canada. The Government of Canada donates the bronze medal for this award, and Red Deer College presents the award each year as part of its Convocation Ceremony.
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