And the Award Goes To…
When Krystle Alekson received the phone call letting her know that she had been awarded the Inspired Women’s Award, she thought they had called the wrong person.
“I was shocked!” she says.
Krystle is a full time student at North Island College (NIC), working towards her Social Services diploma. Krystle also works with Communitas Supportive Care Society, serving as a child and youth care worker. As a student, Krystle was looking for opportunities to offset the cost of her education. She applied for the NIC Foundation Awards; a general application that is applied to all applicable scholarships and bursaries.
The Inspired Women’s Award is a collaborative effort of the Comox Valley Record and several local businesses, put together in honour of International Women’s Day (celebrated on March 8th this year). The award honours a mature, female student who has completed her first full-time year as a student while also contributing to the community through volunteerism.
“I completed nearly 150 volunteer hours with a local women’s recovery house,” Krystle says. “It’s pretty amazing to be receiving an award for doing something that I enjoy. It means so much to me.”
Those who work with her at Communitas are not surprised that she received this commendation. Meaghan Devlin, a program manager with the organization, describes Krystle as an asset to Communitas.
“She is a life-long learner, always trying to find ways to better help the people we serve,” Meaghan says. “Krystle is kind but firm and has an intuitive ability to connect with people where they are at.”
Krystle supports youth who require complex care and she loves her work. She says she is inspired every day.
“The individuals I work with are very resilient and resourceful people,” she says. “It amazes me how much they teach me.”
Her comments are another example of her desire to learn and grow, whether as a student, a volunteer, or an employee. Her colleagues celebrate this recognition of her character.
“We are so proud of Krystle,” Meaghan says. “She truly deserves this award.”