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

During its annual Awards Ceremony which took place on March 23rd, the University of Sudbury had the pleasure of recognizing the exceptional leadership, devotion and success of students, employees and an active member of the Franco-Ontarian community.

Award Ceremony 2017 Edréa Fechner
Left to right: Dr. Sophie Bouffard (President and Vice-Chancellor) and Edréa Fechner
   The University of Sudbury encourages its students to unleash their full potential and become engaged citizens, and during this ceremony, congratulated numerous students for their leadership and outstanding academic achievement.  Among the awards for students, we can find the Senate Awards and the Leadership Awards, with the most prestigious being the Sword of Loyola Award.  The symbol of the sword is linked directly to the University's history and relationship to the Society of Jesus, and this award was established in 1966 by the Board of Regents to recognize a graduating student who is an outstanding example of the University's ideal in scholarship, leadership qualities, and concern for others.
This year, the award was presented to Edréa Fechner, a student who stands out by her energy, the quality of her work, and her level of involvement within the university community at large.

The Caritas Award, on the other hand, is presented to an employee who embodies the University’s core values.  This year, it was presented to Suzanne Paquin, a radiant employee who is always ready and willing to help, and who is very deserving of this recognition.  Many employees were also recognized for their long-standing service, including Ginette Trottier, Mary Recollet and Melchior Mbonimpa for 25 years of service.

Award Ceremony 2017 Doctorat Honorifique
Left to right: The Honourable Gérald Michel (Chancellor), Mr. Gilles LeVasseur, President Bouffard
   Furthermore, an honourary doctorate in Sacred Letters was conferred upon Mr. Gilles LeVasseur, a well-known Franco-Ontarian who is actively involved in a number of matters pertaining to French language, notably linguistic rights and equality in Canada.  “It is in the North that we have defined the heritage, values and our [Franco-Ontarian] identity, and we often forget this,” shared Mr. LeVasseur, who spoke about the special features and the importance of the University of Sudbury and of Northern Ontario, where Franco-Ontarians can find many of their roots as well as a warm family-like environment.

“We are delighted to confer an honourary doctorate to an established leader who is actively engaged in all important debates for the extended Francophone community, and who understands the importance of humanities,” states Dr. Sophie Bouffard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sudbury.  “We are also very proud of our students who were recognized for their impressive academic achievements and their various involvements, as well as our dedicated employees who support our institution and programs, and therefore make these success stories possible.”
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