PACE Cultural Night earns international award
UWinnipeg’s Professional and Applied Continuing Education (PACE) program holds an annual Cultural Night that celebrates the international cultures of PACE students. This year, the event was recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and awarded PACE the Gold Quill Award of Merit for the 2017 Cultural Night. The IABC selection committee noted that, “the Cultural Night unifies the university community and highlights the warmth and diversity on campus.”
The annual Cultural Night was planned by the Events Student Life Committee that is chaired by Mekala Wickramasinghe, PACE Student Life Coordinator and is a UWinnipeg alumna.
“I am thrilled to bring this honour to The University of Winnipeg, and thankful to the Student Life Committee, university staff, and community sponsors who helped make the 2017 annual Cultural Night a huge success,” shared Wickramasinghe.
The Cultural Night has become an annual favorite PACE event that has grown by 777%, since its inception in 2011. This international award-winning event brought diverse communities together that involved 101 student volunteers, including the 12 member planning committee that organized the event.
“I am extremely proud of our PACE team, and primarily our Student Life Committee, guided by Mekala, for bringing our students together and creating a platform for them to excel,” said Kim Loeb, PACE Executive Director. “The Gold Quill award is a validation of their passion, commitment, and hard work in promoting diversity and inclusion.”
UWinnipeg’s unique education model at PACE blends university-level academics with practical, hands-on experience to fully expand the potential of our students. PACE offers programs in high-growth career fields with strong employment prospects. PACE programs are taught by accomplished professionals who impart their real-world knowledge to give students a competitive edge.
Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
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