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2008 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

John Avery

John Avery started his professional production career over 30 years ago in the entertainment industry as an audio and lighting technician. In 1977 he graduated from the Electronics Engineering Technology program at Holland College, and then attended the three-year intensive Theatre Craft and Design program at The Banff Centre, headed by Laszlo Funtek. After graduating from The Banff Centre, John was appointed Head of Lighting at Theatre Calgary, a post he held from 1980 and 1987. In 1988 he was appointed Technical Director for Alberta Theatre Projects and worked on the 1988 Calgary Olympics Arts Festival and other projects. In 1989, John was invited to join The Banff Centre’s Theatre Arts production team as the Technical Director. Since 1994, John Avery has served as the Director of Production in Theatre Arts, responsible for the management and co-ordination of the technical production department as well as the production training and management programs. While at The Banff Centre, John worked with industry professionals to develop and establish the competency profiles for all the theatre production occupations, building it to become a recognized model of best practice for industry and education.Aside from his duties at The Banff Centre, John is in demand as a technical consultant and workshop leader for production training and management. John serves on the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) Theatre Technicians Steering Committee, Canmore’s Lamphouse Theatre Design Build Committee, the Opera America Production Technical Committee, the Opera America Education Committee, and Red Deer College Theatre Program Advisory Committee, as well as the Canadian Standards Association’s Luminare Standards Committee.

Inspector Brent Blackmore

Brent Blackmore graduated from the Atlantic Police Academy in 1985, and accepted a position with the Dartmouth Police Department in October of that year. After serving eight months with the Dartmouth force, he transferred to the Fredericton Police Force in June of 1986. He has worked virtually in all operational units in the force and has had the responsibility for the command of all of the divisions eventually assuming the responsibilities Incident Commander. Throughout his career, Brent has attended many courses to further his expertise. Brent has completed his Certificate in Crime Prevention Through Social Development at the University of Cape Breton, Certificate in Police Leadership Law and Justice from Dalhousie University, and is scheduled to graduate from Cape Breton University with a BACS degree soon.Throughout his career, Brent has distinguished himself as a leader and mentor. His commitment to the force and to the community he serves have made him a role model for future generations of leaders in policing.

Steven Collicutt

Steven Collicutt was born and raised in PEI, coming from a large family of 13 brothers and sisters. He graduated from Holland College in PEI in 1979 and shortly thereafter moved to Calgary, Alberta. Steven began his career in Calgary and relocated to Red Deer, Alberta in 1986 where he started his own company, Collicutt Energy Services Ltd. He remained Collicutt’s President and CEO until January 2008 when the company was sold to Finning International (CAT dealer).Steven has retained his operations in California and Nevada, which specialize in the power generation market, and operate out of three locations in the U.S.In Canada, Steven operates two locations in Alberta that specialize in used natural gas compression equipment.Steven sits on the Board of Directors of two publicly traded companies, Cervus Corp., and Proventure Income Fund.

Steven has accepted numerous awards such as “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the service industry in Canada, Canada’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies (for three consecutive years), and a Canada wide award for “Leading by Example”, to name a few.

Steven and his wife Lorna are actively involved and give back to their community, donating personally to the Collicutt Centre and numerous other charitable organizations.

In his downtime, Steven enjoys snowmobiling in the mountains, hunting, water sports and most importantly, spending quality time with his family.

Steven and Lorna have been happily married for 25 years and have two beautiful children, Jana and Cody.

Alanna Jankov

After graduating from the Photography program in 1988, Alanna apprenticed in all aspects of the photography industry. She established her own business in 1992 and has since developed a wide and loyal clientele. In 2004, Alanna extended the photography business with the opening of Image Factory, which provides fully integrated digital photography and design services. Alanna has had five exhibits which had been displayed in several galleries through the region including the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Kier Gallery, Eptek Art and Culture Centre, and the Hector Centre. Her most recent exhibit, Come From Away – Island Origins, opened at the Confederation Centre for the Arts and gained national attention through Maclean’s magazine “Recommended” list. Alanna has donated her exhibits as collections to the City of Charlottetown, University of Prince Edward Island, Holland College Foundation, Government of Canada and Confederation Centre of the Arts.Alanna’s enthusiasm for photography and promotion of the arts is second to none. For six years running she donated time to teach photography through her involvement with community school programs at both Glen Stewart and Stone Park schools. In the spring of 2006, Alanna participated in the Art Smart program, working with Grade 3, 5, and 6 students at Elm Street School. Alanna has also spoken about the business and artistic aspects of her career at high schools, as a guest lecturer at Holland College, and at the P.E.I. Photography Club. In order to further encourage students to attend Holland College, Alanna has established a scholarship especially for Photography and Digital Imaging students.

Kevin O’Brien

After graduating from the Business Information Technology program in the spring of 1992, Kevin O’Brien served as Vice President of the Holland College Alumni Association and gave presentations illustrating the quality education delivered by the college. In 1994, in spite of limited resources and with only a few staff, Kevin established Island Services Network, and for 15 years served as president. Over the years, ISN contributed in excess of 10 per cent of its gross revenues through cash and in-kind services to assist approximately 60 local organizations, including groups that helped the young and the disenfranchised, such as CHANCES, AIDS PEI, and Bedford MacDonald House. In 2002, Atlantic Business Magazine featured Kevin as one of Atlantic Canada’s 50 Top CEOs. Kevin also received a Status of Women equality award for promoting gender equality and fairness in the work place.During the 15 years of ISN’s existence, the company outlasted more than a dozen ISPs on Prince Edward Island, and was by far the most recognized small ISP in the province. When ISN was recently purchased by Eastlink, Kevin decided to establish a new business venture, Oredco Organics, an organic landscaping business with a light construction wing known as Oredco Equipment.Kevin’s passion for helping others clearly demonstrates the depth of his commitment to improving the Island community for all citizens, especially those who may otherwise have no voice.

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