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St. Clair College Alumni Of Distinction Winners

In the March issue, my column mentioned many of the wonderful award programs happening in the region. In this issue, we reveal the 2022 winners of the Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST) Journey Towards Success Awards (on page 8), and here now, the recipients of St. Clair College’s Alumni of Distinction Awards.

“The Alumni of Distinction awards are a true reflection of the College’s motto ‘Start Here, Go Anywhere. This year, the honourees have made remarkable strides in their journey from St. Clair College. We are looking forward to sharing their unique story with all of our students, alumni, and our community.”

John Feldman, St. Clair College Alumni Association President

The honourees for St. Clair College’s 29th Alumni of Distinction Awards, come from diverse backgrounds, but they have all reached great success in their chosen fields.

Congratulations to . . .

  • Michael Audet, Chief Executive Officer, E.L.K. Energy (Essex, Lakeshore, Kingsville, Energy), graduated in 1988 from the Business Common program. He is being honoured in the Business and I.T. category.
  • Karen Bolger, Executive Director, Community Living Essex County, graduated in 1985 from the Developmental Service Worker program. She is being honoured in the Community Studies category.
  • Tim Byrne, Chief Administrative Officer, Essex Region Conservation Authority, graduated in 1979 from the Civil Engineering Technology program. He is being honoured in the Technology/Engineering category.
  • Kristin Kennedy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Erie Shores HealthCare, graduated in 1997 from the Nursing program. She is being honoured in the Nursing/Health Sciences category.
  • Tomoko Oxenfarth, Designer/Owner of Maison Louise, graduated in 2020 from the Fashion Design Technician program. She is being honoured as a Recent Grad.
  • Chris Vadori, Social Media Manager — Canada, SkipTheDishes, graduated in 2010 from the Advertising program. He is being honoured in the Creative Arts (Media, Art & Design) category.

This year’s list of honourees will bring a total of 125 graduates recognized by the College since 1992.

St. Clair College President Patti France indicates that the award recipients will be asked to be guest speakers at convocation ceremonies in 2022-2023.

“There’s a dual purpose of the Alumni of Distinction program,” France states. “It does exist, most certainly, to pay tribute to the remarkable achievements of the recipients — both professionally, and in recognition of the many beneficial contributions they’ve made to their communities. It also serves as a source of inspiration to current and prospective students: to demonstrate to them, in the form of an individual who has excelled, that a St. Clair education is the basis of tremendous success and fulfillment.”

This year’s Alumni of Distinction Awards ceremony, returns to an in-person event on Friday, April 29 in the Alumni Skyline room at the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, in downtown Windsor. Tickets are $60 and available on: StClairAlumni.com.

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