Vanier Stories presents inspirational and outstanding stories of students, teachers, events, and news that enrich the Vanier community.

Alison Levine, Nothing fragile about this rugby athlete

Players like Vanier’s Alison Levine prove their mettle on the court. “When I go to practice after a bad day, ooohhh, watch out!” says wheelchair rugby player Alison Levine. Only a few women in Canada are tough enough – or crazy enough – to play wheelchair rugby. Alison Levine is one of them. Murderball The […]

Whitley Nketiah, Building Systems Engineering Technology

This daring young woman took on a program a lot of girls shy away from, won awards and had fun! When she first came to Vanier, Whitley Nketiah, a student in Building Systems Engineering Technology, gave no hint that a few years later she’d win a regional award of $500 in the 2012 Hats Off […]

Tien Dat Le, “Graphic design is my passion”

“I chose Vanier because it’s one of the best schools to study graphic design,” states an enthusiastic Tien Dat Le, in his third year of Vanier’s Offi ce Systems Technology: Micropublishing and Hypermedia Program. “Graphic design is my passion!” Tien Dat travelled far to follow that passion, arriving from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in […]

Tevy Chan, Honours Health Science

Making the switch from French studies to English is not as difficult as one might think. Tevy Chan from Honours Health Science is a local girl who graduated from École secondaire Saint-Laurent. “I spoke a bit of English, but not a lot before coming to Vanier,” confides Tevy. “It was challenging in the beginning and […]

A powerhouse student who cares about his fellow students

Want an inside look at Cegep life? Check out Santi’s DECoding Cégep blog, a trilingual, interdisciplinary blog that explores strategies for building a better life at Cégep. And helping students make the most out of their time at Cegep, is not all Santi – Santiago Paiva – does. Science is the fi rst passion of […]

Matthew Barr, Making a contribution

“I want to help my community and society.” At 6’6” it’s not surprising that Matthew Barr is a basketball player and a lifeguard. What might surprise you is to learn he’s studying Nursing at Vanier. But Matthew is full of surprises. Aft er graduating from FACE school in Montreal he headed down to Texas to […]

From film fan to serious artist

It’s on to Communications at Concordia Catherine Woron made the most of her two years at Vanier in the Communications: Art, Media and Theatre program. “I used to be a Hollywood girl, my style of film was romance …” she says, “but watching films in our courses, studying them and critiquing them, I changed.” It’s […]

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