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The GK Unions Awards

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On Thursday 18th May 2017, GK Unions celebrated the fantastic achievements and contributions of our volunteers, student staff and temps. These students, as part of our people help make GK Unions what it is, delivering an outstanding experience for our members.

Congratulations to all our winners and to those that have been shortlisted – you have all made GK Unions a great place to be this year and we know that your efforts will have had an impact not only on students studying with us today but those for many years to come.

Student Staff Member of the Year: Esther Kiburi

Most Improved Society: Medway RAG

Best New Society: The Nepalese Society

Event of the year: MADS Little Shop of Horrors

Society of the year: Afro-Caribbean Society (ACS)

Outstanding achievement: Victoria Balogun

Outstanding Contribution: Atit Gurung

Lifetime Achievement: Roie Tal

Freshers’ Helper of the Year: Vela Kattan

Medway RAG Volunteer of the Year: Ariane Spinosa

Volunteer of the Year: Jonathan Small

 

Full List of Winners:

 

  • Student Staff Member of the Year: Esther Kiburi

    Esther has been a working on GK reception for two year and is a popular and reliable member of staff.

  • Most Improved Society: Medway RAG

    The Medway RAG committee of Jonathan, Ariane and Jujia supported by the members and a Panda have raised nearly £5000 for 17 different charities smashing their pre year target of £3K.

  • Best New Society: The Nepalese Society

    The Nepalese society only set up at the end of term 1 and have already have managed to get involved in events such as the Kent Nepalese Drama Competition in which they won 3rd place, the Medway Diversity Fair in which they conducted 2 performances and have held stalls at 2 fairs to gain members. 

  • Event of the year: MADS Little Shop of Horrors

    Plenty of hard work, dedication and passion from the committee, the cast and the production team is what made this event so incredible, professional and well-executed. 

  • Society of the year: Afro-Caribbean Society (ACS)

    In less than a year, they have become the 2nd largest society on the Medway Campus and run a variety of different events for their members including a Girls Night In, A Fifa Tournament, a debate in Black History Month and a Blind Date event for Valentine’s Day.

  • Outstanding achievement: Victoria Balogun

    Victoria submitted comprehensive and persuasive applications to the Societies Development Fund which were granted and which has enabled the society to purchase an electronic keyboard and full PA system and microphones. 

  • Outstanding Contribution: Atit Gurung

    His members have acknowledged that he works incredibly hard to make the sessions innovative and fresh by coming up with different games and to boost the membership of the society.

  • Lifetime Achievement: Roie Tal

    This student engaged with GK Unions activities in their first year, initially founding the Video Gaming Society which took off incredibly well.  They were then approached by another society, the Maritime Games society, with a proposal for both society’s to merge.  This student then became President of a Society which ended up being the 2nd largest society on campus and responsible for 100 plus members and for a society which operates 4 separate sessions a week to their members.

  • Freshers’ Helper of the Year: Vela Kattan

    He volunteered to lead trips and at one point when a trip was oversubscribed, went ‘the extra mile’ by arranging additional transport to a bowling trip. His friendly and approachable manner made new students feel welcome and he was a huge support to GK Unions team by ensuring events ran smoothly.

  • Medway RAG Volunteer of the Year: Ariane Spinosa

    She has lit up Medway RAGs events with her boundless enthusiasm and can do attitude.  She supported all of their fundraising efforts and her friendly and personable nature is perfect for requesting donations! 

  • Volunteer of the Year: Jonathan Small

    “An inspiration to many - including myself” is a quote taken from Jonathan’s nomination by another student. This perhaps sums up the impact Jonathan has had over the past year. He does inspire, he leads by example and leaves a lasting impression to those who meet him both on and off campus. 

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