NIDES grad receives top academic award

Dinah Ayre was recently awarded the Governor General’s Academic Medal as a graduate of Navigate (NIDES) at a small celebration at Crown Isle.

The Governor General’s Academic Medals are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, as well as from approved college or university programs.

Ayre is currently pursuing her dreams as a student at the Vancouver Academy of Music, while completing her first year of academic work in the sciences and mathematics as a distributed learning student at Thompson Rivers University Open Learning.

NIDES principal Jeff Stewart was in attendance for the presentation.

“I have been fortunate to follow Dinah as her school principal since she was in Grade 7 at Lake Trail,” he said. “She was always one of those students who stood out as a gifted musician; a top academic; always giving back and doing leadership work at the school. She had very supportive parents. That she is cutting this unique path that mixes the performing arts and distributed learning at university is no surprise to me at all.

“She is just one of those new age of students who get what online learning has to offer in terms of quality, flexibility and personalization.”

“I was incredibly lucky to be able, through Navigate (NIDES), to finish my Grade 12 on my own terms while living in Vancouver. The flexibility was awesome. I feel my experience at NIDES set me up for success with Thompson Rivers University,” said Ayre.


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