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October 04, 2019

Belleville, Ontario, October 4, 2019 – Loyalist College proudly presented 58 diplomas and certificates to 54 graduates at the 20th Annual Bancroft Campus Graduation Ceremony on October 3.

“Through community-based placement, practicum, and other educational experiences, Loyalist students acquire career-ready skills which position them for success,” said Bob Forder, Chair of Loyalist College’s Board of Governors. “It is this community-driven approach to education that makes Loyalist an outstanding institution.”

During the Ceremony, graduates received post-secondary credentials in the following programs:

  • Ontario College Diplomas in Developmental Services Worker and Office Administration – Medical;
  • Ontario College Certificates in Personal Support Worker; and
  • Loyalist College Board of Governors Certificates in Food Service Worker, Health Records Clerk, Hospital Ward Clerk, Office Assistant, and Small Business Bookkeeping

“When you made the commitment to study at Loyalist, you decided to work toward reaching a goal that would shape your future and bring you closer to working in your chosen profession,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO. “You knew it would involve long hours and self-motivation. It tested your strengths and revealed areas of improvement. You embraced every challenge and persevered.”

Graduates received the following awards and bursaries:

Entrance Bursary
Stacey Smith, Personal Support Worker – Napanee, Odessa

Vance Motors Business Award
Brooke Sears, Office Assistant, Coe Hill

Mary McConnell Bursary
Melissa Jantunen, Personal Support Worker – Barry’s Bay, Killaloe

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Bursary
Amanda Eimers-Aide, Personal Support Worker – Barry’s Bay, Round Lake Centre

Valedictorian Courtney Olner, Personal Support Worker graduate, addressed her peers, “As we continue in our future endeavours always remember, the sky is the limit, you can do anything you put your mind to. I wish every one of you the best on the path you choose.”

Loyalist College Bancroft Campus is a vibrant and busy satellite campus which prepares students for rewarding careers by combining rigorous academic standards with hands-on training from industry experts. Since its inception, the Bancroft Campus has been a leader in developing and implementing diploma and certificate programs to Bancroft and the surrounding areas. It has extended its services in Ontario through outreach programs in locations such as Amherstview, Barry’s Bay, Campbellford, Christian Island, Curve Lake, Lakefield, Marmora, Napanee, Northbrook, Picton, Rama, Sharbot Lake and Tweed. Loyalist is committed to helping students find employment, as well as supporting and enhancing the economic and social development of all individuals in its communities. The Campus is also the home of Loyalist’s Employment Ontario programs, offered through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for Bancroft and North Hastings communities, and beyond.

About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s Destination College, empowering students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. The College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Of 2017-18 Loyalist graduates, 88.5% percent were employed within six months after graduation. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $465 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2018 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

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Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment
Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913, ext. 2536