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November 26, 2021

Belleville, Ontario, November 26, 2021 – This week, Loyalist College congratulated 284 students who received 352 awards worth a total value of $174,205 during its Virtual Undergraduate Awards Ceremony on November 25.

Many of the awards were provided by donors through The Loyalist College Foundation, which was established in 1995 to provide leadership in meeting the goals for long-term development and fundraising to benefit Loyalist students and programs. Other funds were donated by individuals, businesses and community organizations.

Recipients were congratulated by Board of Governors Chair Pam Jolliffe, as well as Loyalist College President and CEO Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan and The Loyalist College Foundation Chair Brian Smith.

During the ceremony, a message of thanks was delivered by Community and Justice Services student Tekahyonhathe Paige Perry. Tekahyonhathe Paige is the first recipient of the Belleville Police Service Indigenous Student Bursary, established by the Belleville Police Service to provide financial support for a first-year Justice Studies student of Indigenous heritage who has demonstrated community involvement and financial need.

A speech of gratitude was also given by Bachelor of Science in Nursing student Mahaz Sheikh. Mahaz is the recipient of the Douglas Auld Bursary, which provides support for a first-year student who has demonstrated scholastic achievement in secondary school and has shown involvement in school and/or community.

A special appreciation video, featuring personal messages of thanks from award recipients, was played for guests.

Additional awards will be presented to students in Spring and at Convocation.


“On behalf of the Loyalist College Board of Governors, congratulations to the award recipients on your accomplishments. I would also like to thank our donors and members of The Loyalist College Foundation for their unrelenting generosity and support, which continues to make our Loyalist College awards and bursaries program possible.” – Pam Jolliffe, Chair of the Loyalist College Board of Governors

“To our amazing Loyalist College students, I want to commend you for the commitment you have shown towards your studies. Our caring community is here to support you every step of the way through your academic journey and to ensure you arrive at your career destination. Thank you to the exceptional network of faculty, staff, donors, Board members, and Foundation members who have joined us today in celebration and support of our students’ success.” – Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, President and CEO of Loyalist College

“The Loyalist College Foundation Board of Directors recognizes that financial assistance is an essential element in removing barriers for students to not only access a postsecondary education, but also to ensuring they are able to complete their academic journey. We are proud to participate in securing funds from our donor community and supporting students in their studies.” – Brian Smith, Chair of The Loyalist College Foundation Board of Directors

“My goal after I receive my diploma is to stay local and work with at risk clients in the Bay of Quinte area. I am honoured to be a recipient of the Belleville Police Service Indigenous Student Bursary. I would like to take a moment to say thank you to Chief Callaghan, Deputy Chief Barry and the anonymous donor that has contributed to this award. I am extremely grateful for this wonderful opportunity.” – Tekahyonhathe Paige Perry, Community and Justice Services Student

“Upon graduation, I plan to be a travelling nurse, where I will have the ability to visit countries that would most benefit from my help. I’ve had a great passion for helping people for as long as I can remember. Receiving the Douglas Auld Bursary has meant a great deal to me.” – Mahaz Sheikh, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student

About Loyalist College

Loyalist College is located on the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, and the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge our shared obligation to respect, honour, and sustain these lands and the natural resources contained within. Ranked one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges and #1 in the country for industry research income as a percentage of total research income, Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. As Ontario’s Destination College, the College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Of 2018-19 Loyalist graduates, 88.8 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 College 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 College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 3.7 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $382 million annually to the regional economy – based on a March 2020 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

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