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Honorary Diplomas to be awarded at St. Lawrence College Convocation ceremonies


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

On Friday, June 8, Jim Brownwell, former MPP for Stormont-Dundas-Charlottenburgh, will receive an honorary diploma at the Convocation ceremony in Cornwall. The former teacher, municipal leader, provincial leader and long-time friend to many in the area, Brownell has helped raise awareness of St. Lawrence College programs through his riding report television program, which aired throughout his tenure as MPP, from 2003 to 2011. His connection to the college dates back to the early 1970s when he taught a furniture refinishing and reupholstering course through a continuing education program. Brownell also lobbied on behalf of the college during his years as MPP, helping to secure $5 million for renovations to the campus. Those renovations, completed in 2011, have transformed the college into a modern, esthetically pleasing campus.

Nancy Stevens of Kingston will also receive an honorary diploma at the June 13 ceremony in Kingston.

As founder of Kenya Help, Stevens is a fine example of someone who works tirelessly to support a cause she is passionate about. The Kingston resident started her charitable organization in 2008 and has since raised thousands of dollars to provide food, education and health care for children in Kenya. She led a campaign to raise more than $10,000 earlier this year. That money was spent largely on a school in the village of Ngong, located outside of Nairobi, the capital city of the east African country. Stevens returned from her latest trip to Ngong in March. The path Stevens took to launching Kenya Help started in the early 1990s when she was a student at St. Lawrence College Kingston herself. She graduated from the Fine Arts & Photography program in 1992.

For its commitment to students and encouraging both economic activity and social consciousness, St. Lawrence College is bestowing an honorary diploma on ACE Canada at its June 14 convocation ceremony in Kingston. It’s an honour that ACE President Amy Harder and ACE founder and chairman Ian Aitken are both happy to receive. Aitken plans on accepting the diploma on behalf of ACE. Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) has been helping students get involved with business projects for the past 25 years. The result has not just been a new generation of students trained in how to run effective organizations, but thousands of innovative projects designed to strengthen communities and improve people’s lives. There may be no better example than one in Kingston, as the ACE-supported St. Lawrence College SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team recently partnered with the Partners in Mission Food Bank, helping it install solar panels to create a new revenue stream and lead a fundraising campaign to replace inefficient vehicles.

"Every year we take great pride in bestowing honorary diplomas,” said Gord MacDougall, Senior Vice President, Advancement, Student & External Affairs at St. Lawrence College. “We hope their work and dedication to their communities serve as an inspiration to our graduating students as they leave our college to pursue their lives and careers.”


About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually and hundreds through our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement programs. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

For media information:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291

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