Assiniboine Alumni Association announces 2019 Alumni Award recipients

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Assiniboine Community College’s Alumni Association has announced the five recipients of this year’s alumni awards, to be presented at the eighth annual Alumni Advancement Dinner in Brandon on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award is presented posthumously to Jeffrey Johnston. The award is presented annually to graduates of the college who have distinguished themselves in both their chosen profession and their community.

A lifetime of work in the grain industry started with a decision to pursue a diploma in Business Administration at Assiniboine. Jeffrey (Jeff) Johnston, a 1981 graduate of Assiniboine, used a combination of education and personality to launch a career that would take him to the role of Assistant Vice-President of the AgHorizons Canada business unit of Cargill Limited, and would see him recognized as a leader throughout the Prairies for his visionary initiatives, and personal connections with clients, colleagues, and most importantly, friends.

Glen Tosh will receive the Community Service Award, which recognizes a graduate of the college who has positively impacted the quality of people’s lives through the service of others. Throughout his career, Glen has used his Prairie upbringing as a foundation for his approach to building community.

Some of the highlights of Glen’s career include coaching teams to three female hockey Provincial A titles in the past four years and an Atom Provincial B hockey title in 2017-18.

He has served as a director of the Souris Glenwood Foundation, was past president of the Southwest Hockey league, a Director of Hockey Manitoba, manager of the Souris Elks hockey team and a former director of the Souris Community Development Corporation. All of his efforts culminated in Glen being named the 2005 Sport Manitoba Regional Volunteer of the Year.

Brice Perkins is this year’s co-recipient of the One to Watch Award, which recognizes a graduate who is 30 years of age or younger at the time of nomination and has made exceptional achievements and significant contributions to their profession and community.

As a young man growing up in Brandon, like so many other Canadians, Brice would dream of one day being in the NHL. His acumen in television production would get him there.

Brice is a graduate of the Interactive Media Arts program with a technical specialization (class of ’16). In 2017, Brice joined Dome Productions, to serve as a Technical Director for broadcasts including NHL, IIHF World Juniors (for the NHL Network), CHL and pre-Olympic hockey, curling for clients such as Sportsnet and TSN, as well as working for Fox Sports and AT&T Sportsnet in the United States.

Now primarily based out of Alberta, Brice has travelled internationally to switch content in Indonesia for the 2018 Asia Games, and FIVB World Volleyball for IMG Productions in London, England.

Martin Raupers is this year’s other co-recipient of the One to Watch Award.

Raised on a farm in Otze, Germany, you might say agriculture was in Martin’s blood, but mechanics was something that came naturally. Ultimately, something that would blend the two would be a place where he would truly find his success.

Martin enrolled in Assiniboine’s pre-employment Heavy Duty Equipment Technician program in 2009. Following the completion of his certificate in the program, he joined Toromont CAT, where he completed his apprenticeship as an Agricultural Technician in 2014.

Martin is currently recognized as one of the top management talents within AgWest Ltd. He manages a significant portion of the dealership’s employees, physical assets and profitability. He is a member of the senior management team, a key player in the selection, recruitment and hiring of all service staff, and the youngest Operations Manager in Toromont history.

The Excellence in Teaching Award honours a faculty member for extraordinary contributions to teaching and the student experience. Automotive Technician instructor Mark Malyon is the recipient of this year’s award.

Raised on the family farm in Glenboro, Mark came from a background of mechanics and farming. Starting part-time in the local repair shop after school, he gained his interest and knowledge as an automotive technician. Over the next 32 years, he worked as an automotive technician, receiving his Red Seal Certification.

Mark became an instructor at Assiniboine in 2012. He currently serves on the Skills Manitoba planning committee and judges at the yearly Skills Manitoba competition, an event that recognizes and celebrates student excellence at the college level.

Award recipients will be formally recognized at the Alumni Advancement Dinner on April 4, 2019, at Prairie Firehouse.

Those interested in event details, sponsorship information, or tickets may contact Shaun Cameron, Alumni Relations Co-ordinator, at 204.725.8700 ext 6617.