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MaKami CEO Receives Alberta Newcomer Recognition Award for Newcomer Impact

Marija Pavkovic-Tovissi, a female with long dark brown hair and dressed in all black leans back as she holds on to a railing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


October 12, 2023

MaKami College’s CEO Marija Pavkovic-Tovissi has been awarded the Alberta Newcomer Recognition Award in the Women’s Impact Category by the Government of Alberta. 

The Alberta Newcomer Recognition Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of Albertans born abroad. They honour individuals — youth, women, seniors, entrepreneurs, community builders and others — who have enriched the province through volunteer activities, leadership, innovation, business, or academic and professional achievements. The Women’s Impact Category in particular recognizes a female leader in her community. 

Pavkovic-Tovissi received the award in an official ceremony in Calgary. In attendance was Alberta Premier Danielle Smith, Alberta Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism Muhammad Yaseen, and the lieutenant governor of Alberta Salma Lakhani.

“I am so honoured to be recognized for these awards,” says Pavkovic-Tovissi. “I am passionate about helping people overcome physical, mental and socio-economical barriers to achieve their educational dreams. I truly believe by helping one person get an education you are not only helping them, but everyone around them and the community overall.” 

MaKami College is a post-secondary college with locations in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. MaKami opened in 2001 and grew to become the largest massage therapy school in Alberta, teaching students to become highly trained massage therapists with our 3,000 Hour Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma program. Since that time, the school has grown to include programs for Health Care AideBusiness Administrative AssistantMedical Office AssistantMaster Instructor, and Alberta Basic Security Training.

For more information contact:
Marija Pavkovic Tovissi
CEO, MaKami College
Edmonton: 780-468-3454 Calgary: 403-474-0772

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