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Collège Boréal presents its 2019-2020 awards of Excellence and Community awards

13 August 2020

The COVID-19 crisis did not break the tradition. Despite having to delay its graduation ceremonies until 2021, Collège Boréal nonetheless presented its awards of excellence to students and its community awards to partners, as well as an honorary diploma, in the context of an online event.

More than fifty bursaries in the amount of $1000 or $2000 were awarded to celebrate exceptional individual achievements by Collège Boréal students from seven campuses across the province, as well as Boréal Online. These awards recognize academic or sporting achievements, community involvement, leadership and perseverance in the face of obstacles.

Two special bursaries highlight the remarkable academic achievements of Indigenous or Métis students and students who are the first generation in their families to obtain a post-secondary diploma.

Two community organizations and an outstanding personality received awards

Collège Boréal awarded two community prizes to its partners in recognition of their exceptional contribution to the development of the college and the communities it serves.

– Collège Boréal Chair of the Board of Governors Award

The Collège Boréal Chair of the Board of Governors Award was presented to the seniors’ residence Au Château in Nipissing West.

Since 2018, Au Château provides a guaranteed job and a $1000 bursary to all graduates of Collège Boréal’s Personal Support Worker program. This vitally important partnership helps to promote a rewarding profession and alleviate the shortage of professional PSWs in northern Ontario.

– Collège Boréal President’s Award

 The Collège Boréal President’s Award is presented this year to Dr. Hughes Lacoste on behalf of the Ottawa Animal Emergency and Specialty Hospital.

Dr. Hughes Lacoste was a key player this year in relocating the Veterinary Care Technician program from the Alfred Campus to St. Paul University. Thanks to a partnership between the college and the clinic, students in the program have access to its modern labs and the expertise of its staff to enrich their learning.

– Ms. Martine St-Onge receives an honorary diploma

 Collège Boréal awards an honorary diploma to recognize the achievements and commitment of an outstanding personality.

This year’s honorary diploma was awarded to Ms. Martine St-Onge, executive director of the Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (AFÉSEO), for her fervent commitment to policy development in early childhood education, in particular the issue of identity construction in minority language and culture communities. Through its early childhood education programs and its Social Innovation Centre for Children and Families, Collège Boréal has been working with Ms. St-Onge since 2012 on many projects that bolster the college leadership role in early childhood education.


Daniel Giroux Bursary – Academic and sporting achievement ($2000)
Recipient: Michel Ayotte, Electrical Engineering Technology, Sudbury

Pierre Riopel Bursary – Distinction in community involvement ($2000)
Recipient: Gedeon Mupwala, Business, Sudbury

Denis Hubert-Dutrisac Bursary – Distinguished Indigenous or Métis first-generation student ($2000)
Recipient: Annyse Ranger, Funeral Director Class 2, Sudbury

Gisèle Chrétien Bursary – Distinction in perseverance ($2000)
Recipient: Danielle Lapierre, Early Childhood Education, Nipissing

Jean Watters Award – Distinction in leadership, associations ($2000)
Recipient: Tiorna Philippe Diarrassouba, Social Services Worker, Toronto

Collège Boréal Foundation Bursary of Excellence – Distinction in perseverance, independence and resourcefulness ($2000)
Recipient: Gnima Birregah, Child and Youth Worker, Toronto

Governor-General’s Medal of Excellence – Distinction in academic achievement
Recipient: Josée Pilon-Jacques, Law Clerk, Sudbury

 Awards for academic achievement

These bursaries are awarded to students who have obtained a diploma or certificate from Collège Boréal with the highest grade score in their family of programs ($1000).

School of Health Sciences
Alissa Fawcett, Veterinary Care Technician, Sudbury

School of Business and Community Services, Arts, Development and General Science
Josée Pilon-Jacques, Law Clerk, Sudbury

School of Trades, Applied Technologies, Environment and Natural Resources
Aron Mane, Construction Engineering Technology, Sudbury

VALE Bursaries – Excellence in mining studies ($2000). Exceptionally, the Vale Bursaries will be awarded in September.


Indigenous post-secondary education and training bursaries – To promote post-secondary education and training among Indigenous people

– Jérémy Bourgouin, Electrical Engineering Technician
– Michaela Thibault, Business
– Maxime Lefrançois, Heavy Equipment Technician
– Elysa Beauchamp, Child and Youth Worker
– Caroline Pellerin, Electrical Engineering Technician
– Maissie Gionest, Social Services Worker
– Natacha Larocque, Social Services Worker


Note also that more than 80 Awards of Excellence for first-generation students recognized the academic achievements of graduates who are the first generation in their families to pursue a college or university education.

The 2020 cohort will long be remembered! As we wait to be able to celebrate this major milestone with them, I extend heartfelt congratulations to more than 700 graduates who have displayed exceptional adaptation and flexibility in completing their studies during this pandemic. Their experience will certainly give them added strength to begin their career or continue to university. I also wish to express my deep respect for the organizations and personalities recognized by our community awards and our honorary diploma. It is thanks to their sense of commitment and their trust in Collège Boréal that we are able to work efficiently to ensure the development of our communities.
Congratulations to all of our students who have received awards of excellence. Not only do these bursaries acknowledge their exceptional achievements over the course of their studies at Collège Boréal, but they express our appreciation for their efforts. Of course, none of this would be possible without our donors, whom I thank on behalf of the Boréal Foundation. Their generosity allows us to offer this well-deserved financial boost to our most remarkable students.
On behalf of Au Château, I would like to thank Collège Boréal for this Chair of the Board of Governors Award. This is a powerful and unexpected recognition of the solid partnership between our two institutions that exists with the objective of providing the community of West Nipissing with exceptional services in French.
I am very honoured to receive the Collège Boréal President's Award. The partnership that we have concluded between the college and our veterinary clinic is an innovative solution that allows students to benefit from the most comprehensive training to a career in our exciting field.
Early childhood is a passion of mine and I do my work in the hope of having a positive impact on the quality of services offered in French, however small. I am touched and honoured by this award which, while being an individual honour is also a testament to the importance of early childhood education in our society… Thank you!

About Collège Boréal

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of communities throughout Ontario.

Collège Boréal offers comprehensive programs and services in seven campuses and 38 access centres located in 26 communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, and employment services. Collège Boréal has established over 120 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal holds the top rank in two of the five areas surveyed: graduation rate, and, for a fourth consecutive year, student satisfaction. These results are proof that investing in human capital is Boréal’s strength.

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