A group of Lambton College students was lauded for their leadership abilities by the Lambton College Alumni Association on Wednesday, April 4 at the fifth annual GRADitude event. Some 27 students were honoured for taking on leadership roles in a variety of extracurricular and volunteer activities.
GRADitude awards are presented to students in their graduating year who have been nominated by staff or faculty for participation in unpaid, distinguished roles of leadership or significance within the College or the community.
Marc Guilbeault, director of The Lambton College Foundation and Alumni Association, co-hosted the festivities with Rebecca Fitzjohn, a graduate of Lambton College’s Chemical Production & Power Engineering program, who works as an Operations Program Coordinator at Suncor Energy.
“This is a terrific event where we get to celebrate and recognize some of Lambton College’s outstanding graduating students for their extraordinary leadership and service to the College and the community,” said Guillbeault. “It was inspiring to honour these exceptional students at this event.”
Rob Kardas, vice-president of Student Success & Campus Services, offered congratulatory remarks to the student recipients on behalf of Lambton College.
“In all cases, your service to the College, community, and your peers, has had a positive impact on many and has created a lasting impression on those around you,” he told the award recipients.
Some of this year’s award winners were recognized for their involvement in Let’s Face It, a student-led initiative to build mental health awareness on campus. Others were nominated for their leadership on varsity sports teams or for being leaders to their peers in the classroom. Additional awards were given to students in recognition for their volunteerism in campus groups such as Safe Walk, a student-run program that helps maintain the safety of the College community by escorting staff, students, or faculty to their destination after dark.
Award recipients at this year’s event, which took place in the Lambton College Lion’s Den facility, were presented with a personalized crystal award by Rob Kardas and Donna Church, vice president, Academic.