Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) proudly congratulates three exceptional members of our community for their recent achievements in advancing Indigenous education and fostering community connections.


Firstly, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Sue Sterling-Bur, Vice President of Students, and Dr. Aruna Gore, Dean, for being honoured with the League Excellence Awards from the League for Innovation in the Community College. The League for Innovation has been a steadfast advocate for innovation in learning, teaching, and student success for over 50 years. Their Excellence Awards recognize individuals who have significantly impacted students’ lives and their communities through outstanding contributions to community colleges. Sue and Aruna’s dedication to student success and community engagement truly embody the spirit of these prestigious awards.


Additionally, we celebrate James Beck, Associate Dean at NVIT, for receiving the Unified Award from the Capilano University Alumni Association (CUAA). As a proud member of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, James has demonstrated exemplary leadership in fostering understanding and collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. His commitment to bringing diverse perspectives together and finding innovative solutions exemplifies the essence of the Unified brand at Capilano University.


James’ dedication to advancing education, particularly for Indigenous learners, is evident in his roles at NVIT and his active involvement with Capilano University. His journey, rooted in ancestral territory, serves as an inspiration to all who seek to create positive change through education.


As we celebrate the achievements of Sue, Aruna, and James, we are reminded of the profound impact their work has on our institution and the broader community. Their commitment to excellence and their passion for Indigenous education enriches the lives of students and strengthens the fabric of our society.


Sue Sterling-Bur, Ph.D. Candidate and Vice President of Students, has been instrumental in developing initiatives that support the holistic development of Indigenous learners. Through her leadership, NVIT has implemented programs and services that address the unique needs of Indigenous students, fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment.


Dr. Aruna Gore, Dean, has played a pivotal role in shaping NVIT’s academic programs to reflect Indigenous perspectives and values. Her dedication to curriculum development and student engagement has resulted in innovative learning experiences that empower students to connect with their cultural heritage while pursuing their academic goals.


James Beck, Associate Dean at NVIT, has been a tireless advocate for Indigenous education, both within our institution and beyond. His efforts to bridge Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities have led to meaningful partnerships and collaborations that promote cultural understanding and reconciliation.


Congratulations to Sue Sterling-Bur, Dr. Aruna Gore, and James Beck on these well-deserved honours. Your dedication and leadership inspire us all to strive for excellence in everything we do.


NVIT is proud to have such exceptional individuals as part of our team, driving positive change and making a difference in the lives of others. Join us in celebrating their success and expressing our gratitude for their invaluable contributions to Indigenous education.


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