Vancouver Community College

This year’s recipients of the TIP Annual Student Awards honoured are:


  • Dara Pink
  • Tim Ellison


  • Kristina Gamboa
  • Paul Mon-Kau

Mad About Marzipan – TIP sponsored VCC baking and pastry arts student crowned baking’s golden boy. Read More. 

A Heartfelt Thank You – We received the most heartfelt ‘Thank You’s’ from previous TIP recipients. While we are keeping these letters close to our hearts we couldn’t help but share a few inspirational snippets.

“The thing that attracted me most to this career is the act of sharing things I have made. It makes me overjoyed to know that I have made a person’s day a little bit sweeter by giving them something I made with my own hands.”…”I am very grateful for the opportunity you have given me to continue my education: I would never have thought there would be anyone willing to help me in this way in my life. I grew up in a household that made me feel like I could never ask for help, this made me feel very self-conscious and less willing to show my weakness, like lack of money, to my peers.”…”(In high school) I discovered I enjoy the art of baking, in one of the elective classes. But the next year when I actually wanted to take it, I couldn’t ask my parents to pay extra for the class.”… “My best friend who helped me pursue my love for baking in her own home. I used my love for English language and my passion for the pastry arts to propel me through the rough times of my life.”…”I am in grade 11 now, and I feel better than I ever did in my 16 years of existence. I gained a job and income for myself to pursue the things I love.”…”You have relieved me of one of the things I worried most about for the past year: money and what I’m going to do after high school. I hope you understand how much you help means to me. I was shocked when I was accepted into the ACE IT program, and now I am blown away by the amount of support I’m receiving from so many people.”…” This thank you is not just for the money you are giving me, but that there people like you out there willing to help others. Thank you for helping me. I hope I’ll be able to thank you in person someday, after I become someone you can be proud to say you helped out.” – ST, Grade 11 Student – Lord Byng Secondary School

“During the recent earthquake in Nepal, my family home was destroyed. I have been worrying about how to help care for my family and complete my education plan at VCC. My father wants me to stay in Vancouver, where it is safe, and complete my education. This has been very difficult to consider, knowing that they are living in a tent, and yet I am here – safe and warm. After much thinking, the best way I believe I can help my family is to complete my schooling (there is a long story behind how much I have already invested to study in Canada) and succeed in the hospitality or resort world. My current two jobs barely cover my rent; so I was did not know how I would manage tuition this fall. I don’t have any words to explain how thankful I am.  I cannot thank you enough for this assistance. It is more than just appreciating the money. I never imagined that someone would work so hard for me. It shows there is goodness in the world and that others care.”…”Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I promise to keep you up to date on my career path post graduation. ” – SID, Vancouver Community College n the Hospitality Management Diploma