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Record number Student volunteers recognized

Erica Clarke, who is from St. John’s and is a fourth-year bachelor of science (honours) student proudly accepted gold and silver level awards at this year’s Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) ceremony on March 6, from Dave Denine, left, the provincial minister responsible for the volunteer and not-for-profit sector, and Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie. This year, 149 bronze, 40 silver and 11 gold level awards were presented to students. In order to be recognized with the honours, students must complete 20 hours of volunteerism to receive a bronze award; 40 hours for silver and 80 hours for gold honours. “The program has grown unbelievably since its inception, which testifies to the fact that university students are aware of the importance and relevance of volunteer work as an essential part of their personal portfolio, and are becoming more aware of this each year,” said Zaren White, co-ordinator of the Student Volunteer Bureau (SVB). The VIP is a joint initiative of the SVB, the Centre for Career Development and Experiential Learning, and is supported by MUNSU.