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St. Lawrence College to confer four Honorary Diplomas


Four honorary diplomas will be conferred at St. Lawrence College’s Convocation ceremonies this June. The Honorary Diplomas acknowledge and celebrate the individual’s long-standing contributions to their communities and dedication to the College.

Jeanette Despatie and Peter Garrow will receive Honorary Diplomas at Convocation ceremonies in Cornwall on Friday, June 2.

As president and CEO of Cornwall Community Hospital and Brockville General Hospital, Jeanette Despatie helped introduce community MRI and chemotherapy services; fully integrated electronic medical records across the CCH, and established a value-based culture specific to the CCH called ICARE.

Peter Garrow of the Akwesasne Mohawk, Bear Clan has served as the director of education for the Assembly of First Nations and the director of education for the Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education. He has recently worked to develop two First Nations Studies courses to be delivered as part of the general arts and science program, archaelogy, at the IOHAHI:IO campus of St. Lawrence College.

Jim Cooper and Mary Mansworth will receive Honorary Diplomas at the Convocation ceremony in Brockville, on June 9.

Jim’s community work includes co-chairing Brockville’s highly successful annual Palliative Care Golf Tournament. He also serves on the board of the Brockville General Hospital Foundation and is the chairman of the Student Advisory Council for Loyalist College's Business Sales and Marketing program in Belleville.

Mary is currently chair of the Brockville and Area YMCA’s Strong Kids Annual Giving Campaign; co-chair of the annual local Empty Bowls Fundraiser, she is a member of the Brockville 100 Women Who Care initiative, and she is a board member on the St. Lawrence College Foundation board. She has also played a key role in welcoming and integrating refugees into her community.

“These Honorary Diplomas have been conferred for the leadership these individual have shown to their communities through volunteerism and service,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College. “We know their example of public service and giving back to their communities will be inspirational to our graduates as they embark on their futures.”


About St. Lawrence College


With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 10,000 full-time students, and more than 88,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar rooftop installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices, we work with thousands of clients annually.

For more information:

Shaun Kelly
Communications Officer
St. Lawrence College