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Awards night showcases success

Victor Buffalo accepting SAIT's Distinguished Alumni Award. (Photo by Ashely Speirs)

Victor Buffalo accepting SAIT’s Distinguished Alumni Award. (Photo by Ashely Speirs)

SAIT has awarded fresh faces of industry along with long time entrepreneurs for their contributions to the community with the 30th annual SAIT Alumni Awards.

The annual awards were held on Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Stan Grad atrium. 

The Alumni awards have been honouring SAIT’s most outstanding graduates for the past 30 years. 

SAITSA’s very own promotions coordinator, Albert Mejia, was a recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus award.  

Mejia was honoured for his entrepreneur contributions as a fashion designer, hip-hop dancer and community builder.

“I didn’t prepare anything, because I wanted it to come from the heart,” said Mejia during his speech when he thanked his friends, family and collegues.

Mejia had a surprise up his sleeve and proposed to his long-time girlfriend when he called her up to the stage during his speech. The two have been dating since he was 19 years-old, and she said yes.

He owns a street wear company called Legal Hustle Clothing. He is also the founder of a dance crew called Empirical Freedom. 

Nicky Nash, a former SAIT business administration student, was another winner of the Outstanding Young Alumna. She is the executive director of Kids Up Front Calgary. Kids Up Front distributes donated tickets to kids whose families are unable to afford these tickets themselves. 

Avree Bujaczek is a vice chair of the Calgary Construction Associations Young Construction Leaders committee, member of the BuildForce Canada’s advisory panel and winner of the Outstanding Young Alumnus. Bujaczek graduation from the school of Construction Project Management.

Victor Buffalo is the winner of the SAIT Distinguished Alumnus. Buffalo served as chief for the Samson Cree Nation for eight years and he established the Peace Hills Trust Company. Buffalo is a graduate from the school of Chemical Laboratory Technology.

David Sartorelli was the other winner of the Distinguished Alumnus. Sartorelli died in 2014, but his son was there to collect the award for him and share a video of him with the crowd. Sartorelli was a paramedic and received the Alberta College of Paramedics award of excellence. 

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