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Many recognitions and awards presented at the 2019 University of Sudbury Awards Ceremony

During its annual Awards Ceremony, which took place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019, the University of Sudbury had the pleasure of recognizing the exceptional leadership, dedication and success of students, employees and of Dr. Stanley Vollant, a highly engaged and inspiring member of society.

The University of Sudbury encourages its students to unleash their full potential and become engaged citizens, and during this ceremony, congratulated the recipients of the Senate Awards and Leadership Awards as well as several other students for their overall leadership and outstanding academic achievements. Also recognized this year were the students selected for the first edition of the Normand Forest Leadership Program, and the Top Writers of the “Indigenous Me” youth publication contest.

At this annual ceremony, the Caritas Award is also given to an employee who embodies the University’s core values. This year, it was presented to Linda Boileau, an employee who cares about everyone’s well-being, and who is very deserving of this recognition. Many employees were also recognized for their long-standing service, including Lynne Cyr (10 years), Dr. Paul Laverdure (10 years), Gisèle Raymond (15 years), Dr. Réal Fillion (20 years) and Pierre Brideau (30 years). The University also took this occasion to recognize Dr. Emily Faries due to her upcoming retirement and her numerous important contributions over almost 25 years at the University of Sudbury.

EVENT 0208 smLeft to right: The Honourable Gérald Michel (Chancellor), Dr. Stanley Vollant, Dr. Sophie Bouffard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sudbury    Furthermore, an Honourary Doctorate in Sacred Letters was conferred upon Dr. Stanley Vollant, an individual passionate about the well-being and helping to develop the full potential of Indigenous populations. An Innu from Pessamit, he is the very first Indigenous surgeon in Québec, and the founder of the Puamun Meshkenu foundation. He has been a member of numerous associations and health-related working groups, and has received many recognitions and distinctions. In 2017, he also completed a 6,000-kilometre journey on foot, on the path of his ancestors, the Innu Meshkenu, to inspire youth from Indigenous communities and help them understand the importance of education and a healthy lifestyle. 

During a presentation offered in the afternoon of March 28th at the University of Sudbury, he shared his personal experiences in a humble, open and inspiring way. To see a video recording of the presentation, visit our Facebook page. Dr. Vollant has had a positive impact on our society, and to this day, the dreams of over 20 000 young people have been confided to his walking stick. To read more about his background and activities, read our previous Press Release.

“We are delighted to confer an honourary doctorate to an engaged, visionary, courageous and compassionate leader with many values that resemble our own, who inspires Indigenous youth and contributes to the overall well-being of our Canadian population”, states Dr. Sophie Bouffard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sudbury. “We are also very proud of our students who were recognized this year for their impressive academic achievements and their various involvements, as well as our dedicated employees who support our institution, students and programs, making these success stories possible.”


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