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Ontario Recognizes Outstanding College Graduates

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Ontario Recognizes Outstanding College Graduates

Awards Honour Important Social and Economic Contribution to Province

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO - Last night, the Ontario Government honoured eight college graduates for contributing to the growth of Ontario's economy and improving lives.

The annual Premier's Awards for College Graduates recognizes graduates from seven categories who have made outstanding social and economic contributions to society. The Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, was at College Ontario's Higher Education Summit to present the awards, on behalf of Premier Doug Ford.

"The Premier's Awards honour college graduates of our world-renowned colleges who have the knowledge, skills and experience we need to help grow Ontario's economy," said Premier Ford. "I'd like to congratulate these eight bright and talented graduates and thank them for their incredible contributions to their local communities, our province and beyond."

The 2019 award recipients are:

  • Don Ashton for business
  • Kevin J. Collins for community services
  • Dean DeBlois for creative arts and design
  • Kevin King for health sciences
  • Peter F. Dundas for health sciences
  • Kathy Lerette for technology
  • Clarice Ward for apprenticeship and
  • William Werth for success as a recent graduate.

Minister Romano also presented Sonia Del Missier, former Vice President of Academic at Cambrian College, with the Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award for the important contributions she made during her 39-year career at Cambrian.

"Throughout her career, Sonia has been tireless in her commitment and dedication to the students of Cambrian College," said Minister Romano. "She has always been an ambassador of Ontario's college system, and over her nearly 40-year career at Cambrian, she has held many positions and had a tremendous impact on the college, the local community and the postsecondary education sector. I'm delighted to have this opportunity to congratulate Sonia for her lifetime of leadership at Cambrian."

Quick Facts

  • The Premier’s Awards for College Graduates were launched in 1992 to mark the 25th anniversary of Ontario’s college system. The province partners with Colleges Ontario to administer the awards.
  • Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted by Ontario’s 24 public colleges. The recipients must demonstrate outstanding achievement related to their college experience and have made a significant contribution to their communities.
  • In 2018-19, more than 86 per cent of Ontario college graduates were employed within six months of graduating. More than 89 per cent of employers were satisfied or very satisfied with the graduates they hired.

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