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Students in 41 different programs offered at the three campuses were honoured through the conferral of certificates and diplomas. Credentials were presented by NLC President Laurie Rancourt, Board chair Edith Leer, deans of instruction and program instructors.

Two valedictorians – Jessica Johnston, an Applied Business Technology student in Dawson Creek, and Andrea Carlson, a Career and College Preparation student in Chetwynd – extended thanks and congratulations to their classmates, families and friends, and instructors and staff at NLC.

A special highlight was the conferring of an Honorary Associate of Arts Degree on Catherine Dokkie from West Moberly First Nation.

Dokkie was recognized for her commitment to preserving heritage, supporting education, and community service. She is an Elder and inspirational figure for West Moberly First Nation, and has shown a commitment to lifelong learning for herself, her family, and students she has worked with in School District 59 and at NLC. Most recently, Dokkie was an Elder support for students enrolled in Mining Fundamentals programs at NLC.

Catherine’s son, Dean, spoke on his mother’s behalf, and explained that her foundation of learning evolved from the belief that “our culture teaches us to finish everything you start.”

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