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Premier’s Awards 2012 nominees from St. Lawrence College announced


St. Lawrence College is pleased to announce this year’s nominees for The Premier's Awards. The awards recognize the tremendous contribution Ontario's college graduates make to the success of the province. The 2012 Premier’s Awards will be held Monday, Nov. 26, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

The Premier’s Awards are presented annually as part of the Higher Education Summit. The awards are presented in six categories: Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Recent Graduate and Technology.

In the category of Recent Graduate, the SLC nominee is Ian Rowberry. Ian graduated from the Energy Systems Engineering Technology program in 2010. As a student here, Ian founded the Campus Sustainability Initiative, a grassroots group of students, staff and suppliers dedicated to improving the College’s environmental practices. His volunteerism and passion lead to his selection as a Garfield Weston Scholar, one of only 25 upper year college students selected in the country. Not only did Ian receive a full scholarship for his final year of college, the Garfield Weston Foundation also funded his project to give community seminars on achieving sustainability through personal choices.

In the Creative Arts category, our nominee is Kevin House, a graduate of the Graphic Design program in 1991. Kevin’s work, including the logo for the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes, includes illustrations for major US magazines such as MotorTrend, logos for the Vancouver Winter Olympics bid package, and major retailers and corporations on both sides of the border. His secret weapon? A pencil. In a time of digital everything, Kevin is a design craftsman who engages his clients in the process of creating memorable identities through a sketchbook and pencil.

In the Business category our nominee is Kevin Lalonde, a 1983 graduate in Business Administration – Marketing. Kevin is a global retail and sales executive with a track record of turning underperforming brands around. In 2007 as the COO of eXtra in Saudi Arabia (an electronics retailer) he lead employees to turn around its non-profitable business into the number one fastest growing retailer and among the top 25 fastest growing companies in Saudi Arabia in 2009 and 2010. Kevin’s innovations throughout his career have had major impact not only on his employers/clients, but on business processes globally.

In Trades and Technology, our nominee is Michael Jablonicky, a graduate of Construction/Electrical Maintenance Program in 1989. Mike is at the forefront of the wind energy business, successfully and simultaneously overseeing the start-up of two of the province’s biggest wind farms, and was the first person in the province from the sector to work with the Independent Energy Systems Operators, representing Ontario’s first commercial wind farms. Mike has also played an important role in increasing the understanding of the industry, choosing to move to Wolfe Island as a permanent resident when the introduction of the 86 wind turbines was at its most contentious.

In the Community Services category is SLC’s own Dean of Arts, Terri McDade, a graduate of Child and Youth Worker in 1979. Terri is first and foremost a Child and Youth Worker. Her passion for her first profession has never waned. For 22 years she worked on the front lines, first with emotionally disturbed youth at a residential treatment facility, and then as an adolescent care worker in four area high schools. In her roles at SLC, first as an instructor in the CYW program, then eight years later as Dean, she has lead some of the college’s most important initiatives, including delivering literacy programs to Crown Wards in the Kingston area, and many other program.

“We’re immensely proud of all our nominees,” said Gordon C. MacDougall, interim President and CEO of St. Lawrence College. “We have over 75,000 graduates of the College that make important contributions to their fields and communities locally and globally. We are pleased to recognize just a few of them at this years’ Premier’s Awards. The Premier’s Awards offer an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of graduates from all Ontario Colleges and learn about the many ways they make a difference in lives of so many.”

For more information on our nominees and the awards click here.


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. 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 information:

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