Alumni success is something to celebrate and share with everyone through our alumni publications, social media networks or College awards including the Alumni of Distinction Award and the Premier's Awards for Ontario College graduates. We welcome alumni to share their success stories.
Alumnus of Distinction
This honour is awarded to an alumnus who attains outstanding career success and professional achievement. The award is presented at one of the convocation ceremonies in June.
Meet our 2015 Alumnus of Distinction
Early Childhood Education, 1985
An expert in pedagogical leadership with 30 years of experience, Lorrie cares for and educates our youngest citizens. She spent many years exploring the Reggio approach to learning and applied this pedagogy and engagement in reflected practice to transform early childhood education. She is the Associate Executive Director for Kawartha Child Care Services in Peterborough where she championed the implementation of Reggio Inspired Emergent curriculum into 25 sites when this innovative approach was rarely considered. Lorrie is a contributing author in Ministry of Education documents that support early learning. She shares expertise worldwide, most recently inspiring Ontario's First Nations communities.
Each year, Fleming College nominates remarkable alumni for Premier's Award from Colleges Ontario. These awards recognize and honour the important social and economic contribution college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world.
Nominations are submitted from each of Ontario's 24 colleges in six categories: Business, Creative Arts and Design, Community Services, Health Sciences, Technology and Recent Graduate (within five years). The nominees are honoured at a gala event in Toronto where category winners are announced.
If you know of a Fleming College graduate deserving of a 2016 Premier's Award nomination, please contact the Alumni Relations Office for a nomination form before December 31, 2015
2015 Premier's Awards Nominees
J. Todd Ulrich, C.E.T., Business Leadership, 1998
Success driven and results-focused, Todd Ulrich is Director of Services for GE Healthcare Canada leading GE Canada’s largest medical equipment installation and service team. In 2014, the region achieved record-setting revenue results. Working with GE Energy, Todd sold profitable Wind Energy Services contracts totaling over $70M. Advancing into several leadership roles at FisherCast Global, Todd directed the achievement of gross margin improvement with year over year results. As the United Way Peterborough Campaign Chair in 2000, Todd championed the fundraising of $2-M to set a record for the most money raised in the history of the local United Way.
Renée Hodgkinson, Social Service Worker, 1998
Renée Hodgkinson is a certified coach with the International Coaching Federation. She provides executive management coaching to those working in the not-for-profit, charitable, and social enterprise sectors including Free the Children and Me to We, an enterprise she re-branded. Renée has paved the way in creating innovative youth leadership and social justice programming within Canadian school boards and through volunteering in Kenya, India, China, and Nicaragua to empower youth to take action on issues that they are passionate about. Renée was honoured in Chatelaine’s Top 80 Women to Watch and The Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Women of Canada Award.
Creative Arts and Design
Wanda McWilliams, Art Conservation Techniques, 1986
Wanda McWilliams is the Director of Collections Management and Conservation at The Canadian Museum of History, Canada’s most visited museum and a respected centre of museological excellence. Wanda oversees the preservation of the National Collection consisting of more than four million artifacts, specimens, sound and visual recordings, works of art, and archival records that have shaped Canada’s history and identity, at home and abroad. She leads a specialized team in the development, application and dissemination of best practices in cultural property management, as well as enables access to the collection and knowledge though internationally recognized lending, exhibiting and learning programs.
Sharon Pitawanakwat, Nursing, 1990
As a young mother facing profound personal challenges, Sharon beat the odds and completed academic upgrading and post-secondary education. A nurse by profession, Sharon is now the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - Thunder Bay. She leads CMHA towards the implementation of recovery oriented practice that inspires hope and well-being for individuals challenged with mental health and addictions issues. In 1995, while employed at Dilico Ojibway Child and Family Services, Sharon led the largest health transfer initiative resulting in the delivery of health care to ten First Nations communities when local services were previously not available.
Rhonda Belous, Social Service Worker, Accelerated Program, Aboriginal Focus, 2013
As the Head of Development with Europe and The Middle East Global Network for Rights and Development, Rhonda Belous ensures the effectiveness of development projects. With the Canadian High Commissioner of Jamaica and Canadian Navy, Rhonda helped to transform a rail car into an internet station where youth gain computer skills and access career counselling. Her college internship led to a Communications Training Advisor role for Cuso International, Jamaica Diaspora Institute and Mona Social Services. Rhonda managed three international election observation missions in Tunisia and organized 500 Norwegian students in a march to honour the school girls abducted in Nigeria.
Robert Jameson, C.E.T., Fellow OACETT Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology-Robotics, 1982
Bob Jameson is the dynamic President and CEO of Canadian Instrumentation Services Group. He commissioned both the largest hydro generator in Canada and the largest water volume pump storage unit in the United States. Bob credits his success to providing a rewarding and happy environment for customers and employees (60% are Fleming College graduates)-emphasizing that it is never sacrificed to gain a profit. At Tetra-Pak, Bob increased milk sales exponentially with the development of Moo-to-Win milk cartons. Through lead volunteer roles with OACETT and Fleming College, Bob strongly encourages college education for skilled trades and technology careers.
Our 2014 Alumnus of Distinction
Fish and Wildlife Technician, 1980
Fleming College is pleased to announce that Murray Hall, a Fish and Wildlife Technician graduate from the Class of 1980, is the recipient of the 2014 Alumnus of Distinction Award. This prestigious award is given to an alumnus who attains outstanding career success and professional achievement.
2014 Premier’s Awards Nominees
David Cain, Business Administration - Data Processing, 1978
David Cain is an inspirational change champion. He retired as the Founder and President of TeamCain, a company specializing in distribution and warehousing solutions for businesses in Canada, the United States, and Europe. David raised business standards in his field by building his company to reflect his personal morals of integrity, caring and customer satisfaction. Since retiring from TeamCain in 2006, David volunteers as President of Friends of Honduran Children. He inspires positive change in Central America by focusing on delivering sustainable programs that provide necessary aid, supplies and skills that allow Hondurans to obtain self-sufficiency and personal fulfillment.
Lorrie Baird, Early Childhood Education, 1985
An expert in pedagogical leadership with 30 years of experience, Lorrie cares for and educates our youngest citizens. She spent many years exploring the Reggio approach to learning and applied this pedagogy and engagement in reflective practice to transform early childhood education. She is the Associate Executive Director for Kawartha Child Care Services in Peterborough where she championed the implementation of Reggio Inspired Emergent curriculum into 25 sites when this innovative approach was rarely considered. Lorrie is a contributing author in Ministry of Education documents that support early learning. She shares expertise worldwide, most recently inspiring Ontario’s First Nations communities.
Creative Arts and Design
Barb Bolin, Recreation Leadership, 1972
Barb brings visual art to life throughout Ontario. She is a catalyst for new education and community economic development initiatives related to the arts. After 35 years, Barb retired as the Principal/Dean of Fleming College’s Haliburton School of the Arts where she grew a small part-time education centre to a nationally recognized institution. Barb is the founding Chair of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest and the Haliburton Highlands Arts Council. She is the epitome of volunteerism and community involvement. Barb’s work over 40 years has positively shaped the creative arts and cultural landscape industry-wide in the province.
Julie Cordasco, Nursing, 1989
Julie’s 25 year nursing career took her from caring for infants at SickKids to seniors at Prime Care Family Health Team. A Registered Nurse, Julie was Milton’s first aging-at-home visiting nurse to help seniors stay home longer with health and dignity. Julie cared for thousands of patients during two medical missions to Guatemala to help natives from Merendon Mountains and is a trained volunteer with GlobalMedic / GlobalFire to assist in disasters worldwide. A Rotarian with Burlington North, Julie fosters youth programs and received the highest honour Rotary can bestow on a person - the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
Joshua See, Environmental Visual Communications, 2013
Joshua is a visual journalist helping society understand our interactions with the natural world. Primarily using photography and videography, Joshua helps organizations reach their education, conservation and communication goals. Based on connections through Fleming College’s Environmental Communications program, Joshua has photographs and articles published in Royal Ontario Museum and Alternatives Journal magazines; he contributed significant video content to the TVO documentary series, Museum Diaries; and travelled to destinations in Guyana, Costa Rica, and Western Mexico to film. With a background in natural sciences and photojournalism, Joshua is in a unique position to better communicate science and environmental stories.
Eric DenOuden, Civil Engineering Technician, 1979
As the Founder, Owner, and President of the award-winning Hilden Homes, Eric has a gift of being a natural-born leader. Eric chaired the $1-M Children’s Safety Village and Home Build for Health Care projects to unite community in partnership to support youth, education, and health. As President of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association and 2nd Vice-President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Eric is the voice of thousands of residential construction professionals across Canada advancing a $42 billion industry in Ontario. He has championed community builds through volunteering to construct or help fund community centres, churches, and schools in developing countries.
2013 Premier's Awards Nominees
Mary Babcock, Business Administration - Marketing, 1988
Mary Babcock has risen rapidly in her field to Regional General Manager of over 140 staff, managers, editors and directors. She has won recognition at the highest levels within Metroland for excellence and effective leadership across a business of over 110 newspapers. Metroland newspapers, under her direct responsibility, have grown at rates far exceeding industry averages. While extremely committed to her work, Mary finds time to serve with multiple community organizations including sitting on the boards of the United Way, Food For Kids and Home Builders Association and furthering her Fleming experience by recruiting and mentoring Fleming grads.
Jon Popple, Police Foundations, 2001
As Manager of Enforcement in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Jon Popple demonstrates commitment to the Ontario Municipal Government, specifically law enforcement. His positive influence in volunteer leader roles within the Municipal Law Enforcement Officers' Association of Ontario (MLEAO) is marked in achievements at the provincial and federal levels. Jon developed countless professional training programs, created new levels of certification and accreditation, and spearheaded the creation of the MLEOA Honour Guard, a group that honours fallen members. He promotes valuable services and education to local organizations, and at provincial conferences, to ensure safe communities and desirable places to live.
Creative Arts and Design
Sarah Beam-Borg, Museum Management and Curatorship, 1997
Sarah Beam-Borg, Exhibition Manager and Assistant Curator at the Bata Shoe Museum, has managed over thirty compelling museum exhibits that find a true balance between collection preservation and a desire to inspire visitors. Sarah managed 'Out of the Box', an exhibition designed by famed Canadian designer Karim Rashid and turned the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' idea into reality with the JUNO Sole: Celebrating 40 Years of the JUNO Awards exhibit, featuring shoes worn by Canadian music icons, JUNO nominees and winners. Sarah makes it her goal to exceed visitor expectations through creative, authentic, educational galleries and programs.
Paul Rosebush, Social Services Worker 1981
Paul Rosebush, the President & CEO at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, is a visionary and strategic leader in health and human services. His extensive background provides advancements in hospital, health, social services and long-term care settings. Paul provided Canadian Forces troops in Rwanda and Bosnia with psycho-social support and developed military health programs. Paul introduced the first Northwest Territories Group Living Program for disabled adults; a Short-Term Assessment and Treatment home for dually diagnosed individuals; and geothermal energy solutions to reduce costs, preserve the environment and redirect savings to health care - a first for small hospitals in Ontario.
Tracey Osborne, Massage Therapy, 2009
As the owner of Absolute Therapeutics in the Town of Cobourg, Tracey is committed to excellence with a focus on individual care by offering unique services and convenience of accessibility to relieve pain and stress and to improve mobility. Since she opened her business in 2010, Tracey has won nine awards for her success and business contributions. Tracey's community involvement is remarkable. She actively sits on a committee that helps local businesses thrive during an unstable economy; she educates high school and college students as a guest speaker; and participates in an average of three local charity events per year.
Murray Hall, Fish and Wildlife Technician, 1980
Murray Hall is renowned as a Canadian innovator. He founded Halltech Environmental Inc. and Halltech Aquatic Research where he designed and produced countless custom fresh water sampling apparatus, integrated the first GPS receivers with rugged computers for georeferencing large data sets in remote locations and developed the first Canadian-made Backpack Electrofishing System. Murray is a pioneer in precision in the agricultural sector as he broke ground with the first high-precision autopilot system on a tractor using GPS. This technology is now widely spread within the industry to allow farmers the ability to greatly reduce the amount of fertilizers and herbicides they are using to improve surface and groundwater quality. Murray became the first to successfully transport 200,000 live mink breeding stock to Dalian Province, China and reduced mortality rates from 10% to 0% over five shipments. Murray's many distinguished awards from industry partners include the Ontario Global Trader's Award for Innovation and the Award for Market Expansion.
Revised: July 14, 2015