Canadian Forces Officer to be awarded Ryerson University's highest honour of achievement

    Gold Medal winner is from the Health Services Management program, which
    ensures the military can provide quality healthcare to members around the

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - At a convocation ceremony to be held on Thursday
June 14th, Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing
Education will present the Gold Medal to Sub-Lieutenant Nicholas Gauthier - in
recognition of his commitment to providing quality healthcare services to both
members of the military and the community at-large.
    Sub-Lieutenant Gauthier is a graduate of the Health Services Management
Certificate Program, which The Chang School customized for the Department of
National Defence. The program is delivered as an intensive hybrid model so
students can complete the nine course certificates in one year, which helps
the military improve the administration of healthcare to its members based
around the world.
    "This distinction truly is an honour," says Sub-Lieutenant Gauthier. "I
wanted to become a health services officer with the military because I believe
that everything I do can be tied back to improving quality of life - whether
that's improving the health of communities or improving the health of the
    This year, the Health Services Management Certificate program graduated
nine officers who will become health services operations officers at clinics
throughout the country. Sub-Lieutenant Gauthier will be stationed in Kingston
where he will work in a Canadian Forces Health Services clinic.
    "Each year, we award the Gold Medal to students who achieve high academic
standing, and have made a significant contribution to the community and the
University itself," explains Anita Shilton, Dean of The Chang School.
"Sub-Lieutenant Gauthier excelled in all of these areas, particularly with
regards to his involvement in projects that have a direct impact on the health
of the community."
    A navigation officer with the Canadian Navy, Sub-Lieutenant Gauthier's
community work included a project with Sail Able, an organization that
provides rehabilitation and therapy for individuals with physical and mental
disabilities through sailing. He evaluated the program and helped put into
place more efficient processes and practices, including securing stable forms
of funding.
    "The Canadian Forces Health Services is extremely proud of Sub-Lieutenant
Nicholas Gauthier's accomplishment," says Colonel David Hogberg, Deputy
Commander of Canadian Forces Health Services Group. "His selection for this
award is an honour and is indicative of the calibre of people the Canadian
Forces is attracting and recruiting."
    "All Healthcare Administrators within the Canadian Forces undertake the
same training as their civilian counterparts in addition to their specific
military training," adds Colonel Hogberg. "This training combination provides
the Canadian Forces with Healthcare Administrators who are uniquely equipped
to meet the demands and challenges of the military healthcare system anywhere
in the world. Highly skilled and motivated members such as Sub-Lieutenant
Nicholas Gauthier are critical to delivering quality care wherever and
whenever it is needed."
    Media are welcome to attend. Colonel David Hogberg and Sub-Lieutenant
Nicholas Gauthier will be in attendance at the graduation and deliver remarks.
Photography will also be made available.

    WHEN:   Thursday, June 14, 2007 (lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.;
            convocation 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
    WHERE:  Heaslip House, 7th Floor, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto

    With more than 64,000 registrations annually, The G. Raymond Chang School
of Continuing Education ( is Canada's leading provider of
university-based adult education.

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