Caitlyn is Community DrivenTuesday, May 06, 2014 by: SooToday.com Staff
Caitlyn is Community Driven
Sault College student wins Great Lakes Honda Community Driven Award
SAULT STE. MARIE - Caitlyn Nelson, a Sault College Public Relations and Event Management student, has won the 2014 Community Driven Award.
The award was presented during the opening night of this past weekend’s Passport to Unity Festival to recognize individuals for participating in our community, continually promoting community involvement and inviting others to participate in celebrating a sense of identity and belonging in Sault Ste. Marie.
Caitlyn won in the post-secondary category which included other nominees Justine Michel and Mackenzie DiGasparro.
Other categories of the Community Driven Award included Volunteer, Leadership, and High School and Elementary.
General Manager of Great Lakes Honda, Francine Floreani, who both sponsored and helped select the award-winners, said of the nominees: “We are proud to acknowledge those who are active participants in our community that continually promote community involvement and invite others to participate in celebrating a sense of identity and belonging in the community.”
Caitlyn is an outstanding leader who has made an exceptional contribution to Sault College and the Sault Ste. Marie community.
She has promoted peace locally through World University Services Canada and her activities as a Head Cheer coach for Sault College.
Most recently, Caitlyn successfully organized the 2nd Annual Cheer for WUSC at the College, bringing in $1,600 in donations to help student refugees and raise awareness about global issues.
Nelson has also worked to promote peace internationally during her time in Ecuador where she lived in a village in the Amazon Rainforest with an indigenous community, assisting them in reclaiming their sustainable and traditional economy in the face of devastation and destruction by multi-national oil companies.
Following her international missions, Caitlyn returned from these experiences with a desire to help others here in Canada learn that each person can impact the environment and others in the world and our actions in ignorance permit devastation environmental destruction and social injustices.
She continues this mission today through her actions as President of the local WUSC committee.
About Sault College
The vision of Sault College is to provide a transformative life experience through empowering those who study with us to think and learn in progressive, innovative ways, including those we have not yet imagined.
Sault College grants Ontario College certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates, and degrees to its graduates.
The College is the largest deliverer of apprenticeship training in all of Northern Ontario.
Sault College has ranked 83.8 percent in Student Satisfaction, the highest score for a Northern College and second highest score overall in the province.
Educating over 3,900 students each year, Sault College has a significant economic impact on the community, with spin-offs in excess of $158 million.
Over $2 million dollars in scholarships, bursaries and awards are distributed annually to students at the College.
Located on the border to the United States and situated in the middle of three of the largest great lakes on the planet, Sault College is one of 24 publicly-funded colleges in the province of Ontario.
Visit our website at www.saultcollege.ca to learn more.
Pictured: Caitlyn Nelson received the Post-Secondary Community Driven award during the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Passport to Unity at the Water Tower Inn in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday, May 2, 2014. Donna Hopper/SooToday.com