Ontario Honours Achievements Of College Graduates



    Six Exceptional Ontarians To Receive Awards

    TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Six college graduates are being honoured with a Premier's Award for
exceptional achievement and contributions to their communities.

    
    Each year, awards are presented in six categories. The 2008 Premier's
Award recipients are:

    -   Business - Andrew Moorey, Confederation College
    -   Community Services - Carol-Lynn Chambers, Lambton College
    -   Creative Arts and Design - Kevin Doyle, Fanshawe College
    -   Health Sciences - Patricia O'Connor, Durham College
    -   Technology - James R. Harrington, Loyalist College
    -   Recent Graduate - Jordan Harris, Niagara College

    QUOTES

    "This year's recipients are wonderful examples of what our college
graduates are accomplishing thanks to hard work, dedication, and the support
of our world class college system," said Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities John Milloy
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).

    QUICK FACTS

    -   Over 90 per cent of graduates of Ontario's 24 colleges
        (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/list/college.html) are
        employed within six months of graduating.

    -   Over 150,000 students are enrolled full-time at Ontario colleges.

    -   The Premier's Awards were created in 1992 and are presented annually
        to college graduates who have excelled in their careers and made a
        significant contribution to society. Recipients receive a bronze
        medal and $5,000 to designate to their college for student bursaries.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about what Ontario's colleges
    (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/college.html) have to
    offer.

    Explore what you can do after high school
    (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/students/).

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                                                                BACKGROUNDER
                               PREMIER'S AWARDS

    Created in 1992 to mark the 25th anniversary of Ontario's Colleges of
Applied Arts and Technology, the Premier's Awards are presented annually to
college graduates who have excelled in their careers and made a significant
contribution to society. This year's winners are:

    Business

    Andrew Moorey, Confederation College

    Andrew is the founder, president, and CEO of Global Hydration Water
Treatment Systems Inc., a global leader in emergency water purification.
Andrew's innate sense of responsibility extends to others by directing Global
Hydration's involvement with humanitarian projects around the world.

    Community Services

    Carol-Lynn Chambers, Lambton College

    Carol-Lynn set the bar high, serving as the highest ranking female officer
in the Canadian professional fire service - Deputy Fire Chief for the City of
London. Since taking on a larger provincial role with the Office of the Fire
Marshal, she has launched innovative programs to help fire services across
Ontario.

    Creative Arts and Design

    Kevin Doyle, Fanshawe College

    A three-time Juno winner and Grammy nominee, this 1979 graduate in Music
Industry Arts has had an impressive list of famous clients who have relied on
his superior studio production skills. His clients have included Glenn Gould,
Anne Murray, KISS and The Canadian Opera Company.

    Health Sciences

    Patricia O'Connor, Durham College

    One of Canada's first female paramedics, Patricia founded Medflight Ltd.,
an air ambulance service for 30,000 residents of the western Northwest
Territories and Nunavut's Kitikmeot region.

    Technology

    James R. Harrington, Loyalist College

    An electronics and mechanical product designer, Jim is recognized
worldwide for the design and fabrication of Canada's first successful fuel
cell-assisted sailboat, "The Sloop Jim D", inspired by a similar system used
on the Apollo spacecraft.

    Recent Graduate

    Jordan Harris, Niagara College

    In his position as Director of Marketing, Viticulture and Operations for
Tarara Winery in Virginia, U.S.A., Jordan made the Ontario Hostelry
Institute's Top 30 Under 30 list. He was also a member of the technical
committee that developed the Sustainable Winemaking Ontario Charter to
establish environmental standards in Ontario's wine industry.

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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