Language Training Centre students Anna Lofichenko and Yevgeniya Gavrys each received $500 as part of the awards, which are presented annually to two RRC students who successfully complete the EAL program.
Both Lofichenko (above, left) and Gavrys (right) are currently enrolled in RRC’s Academic English Program for University and College Entrance (AEPUCE), which means their next step will be post-secondary education in their respective fields.
Lofichenko was previously in RRC’s Communication for Health Professions program (formerly English for Health Care Aides), while Gavrys was in the Communication for Professionals program (formerly English for Professional Purposes).
Both students were nominated for the award by their instructors, who cited their academic achievement, attendance, positive attitudes, independence and engagement with fellow students as contributing factors.
“Yevgeniya seemed to understand that communication was more than words — that understanding a language was a path to understanding the people who spoke that language and their culture,” said RRC instructor Kristina Gryz, in her nomination submission. “[She] had, and I trust still has, curiosity about the language, and that curiosity allowed her to enjoy the learning experience. That enjoyment led her to be not only present, but present and fully engaged in the classroom.”
The students accepted their awards at a ceremony last month, during which they thanked their RRC instructors for supporting, encouraging and believing in them.
“I would like to say to all students, ‘Believe in yourself,’” says Lofichenko. “Our previous experience and knowledge are very valuable, but strong belief in our strengths, and in ourselves is much more important. It helps us overcome difficulties and achieve our goals.”