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Exceptional College Graduates Honoured

McGuinty Government Recognizes The Contributions of Ontario Graduates

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Seven former college students are being honoured with a Premier's Award for building successful careers and making significant contributions to their communities.

Each year, awards are presented in six categories to highlight the important social and economic contribution that Ontario college graduates make to the province and throughout the world.

The 2010 Premier's Awards recipients are:

  • Business - Belinda Junkin, Fleming College; graduated in 1985.
  • Community Services - Debra Bodkin, Fanshawe College; graduated in 1982.
  • Creative Arts & Design - Mark McEwan, George Brown College; graduated in 1978.
  • Creative Arts & Design - Drew Hayden Taylor, Seneca College; graduated in 1982.
  • Health Sciences - Mandy Bonisteel, Loyalist College; graduated in 1978.
  • Technology -  Dennis Philip Niebergal, George Brown College; graduated in 1976.
  • Recent Graduate - Sarah Moir, Mohawk College; program of study: Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship; graduated in 2008.

The McGuinty government's Open Ontario plan is helping to build the most skilled and educated workforce in the world, giving Ontario the competitive edge in securing a strong economy for the future.

Quick Facts

  • Almost 85 per cent of 2008-09 college graduates were employed within six months of graduation.
  • In 2009-10, more than 203,000 students were enrolled full-time at Ontario colleges.
  • The Premier's awards were created in 1992 and are presented annually. Recipients receive a bronze medal and $5,000 to direct to their college for student bursaries.

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“This year's recipients of the Premier's Awards have made remarkable contributions to their communities and to Ontario. I'm very proud that our colleges continue to produce exceptional graduates who have gone on to achieve amazing success in their life and career.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

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