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Loyalist Students Recognized at Undergraduate Awards Night

November 21, 2008

On November 19th, Loyalist College held its annual Undergraduate Awards Reception. The awards presented totaled $170,700 in value, and were made possible by individual donors, businesses, community organizations and the Loyalist College Foundation. Congratulations were extended by College Board Chair Margaret Werkhoven, Chair of the Loyalist College Foundation June Surgey, and College President Maureen Piercy.

“On behalf of the Board of Governors, congratulations to each one of you,” said Chair Margaret Werkhoven.  “I also want to thank the directors of the Loyalist College Foundation Board for this wonderful support for our students.”

“It is truly gratifying to see the growth in this awards program,” said Foundation Chair June Surgey. “The Foundation’s mandate is to provide support for Loyalist College programs and students and I am very pleased that, tonight, 296 awards will be presented.  That’s a new record. Many of the scholarships and bursaries are provided through the College Foundation endowment, a fund which stands at $5 Million. We know that financial assistance makes a real difference to students. That’s why we’re involved.”

There were seven new awards at this year’s ceremony:  the Back 40 Enterprises Award; the Bayfield Homes Child and Youth Worker Award; the Douglas Thomas Bursary; the Erin Davis – Women in Media Bursary; the QuintEssential Credit Union Bursary; the Loyalist College General Memorial Bursary; and the Stark Family Fund Bursary.

James Brown (J.D.), a second-year Radio Broadcasting student was the recipient of three awards: The Durham Radio Inc. Award, the Frankford Lions Club Bursary, and the Pineridge Broadcasting Award. “As a student, you are dealing with so many projects and assignments at one time and then you have the added financial concerns as well. Receiving these awards takes a weight off my shoulders and it also makes me feel proud because I know that I worked hard to earn them. This awards program is so important. From the moment I walked through the door into my program they told us to have fun. I’ve been doing that ever since. The hands-on learning, the creative freedom and the fun make Loyalist a great place.”  

College President Maureen Piercy talked about the importance of the awards. “The financial support is important. But just as important are the encouragement, community recognition and motivation these awards provide for our students. There is a genuine human connection with donors, whose message is – this is important to your life, congratulations, keep up the good work, continue to reach for your goals.”

For more information regarding the Loyalist College Foundation and its support of Loyalist students and programs, contact Dianne Spencer, Executive Director, College Advancement and External Relations at (613) 969-1913, ext. 2235.      

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Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College (613) 969-1913, ext. 2332, e-mail: or Dianne Spencer, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2235