St. Lawrence College Announces 2023 Honorary Diploma Recipients

Convocation 2023 Honorary Diploma Recipients

St. Lawrence College is pleased to announce it will award four Honorary Diplomas at its Convocation ceremonies this spring in Cornwall, Friday, June 2; Brockville, Friday, June 9, and in Kingston Thursday June 15 and Friday, June 16.

Cornwall Convocation – Friday, June 2

The Cornwall recipient is Dr. Natavarlal (Nat) Shah, a family physician who has been the driving force behind many Cornwall community programs and has been recognized for his service to many charities with the Humanitarian Award, Citizen of the Year, and the Order of Ontario, among others. Dr. Shah is also a co-founder of Child Haven International, which operates homes in India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bangladesh for destitute women and children. He will receive his Honorary Diploma at the 10:00 am Convocation ceremony.

Brockville Convocation – Friday, June 9

Two Honorary Diplomas will be conferred in Brockville, to Margaret Hudson, President of Burnbrae Farms and to Eleanor Newman, retired Executive Director of the Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network and former Senior Executive Officer in the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat for the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Eleanor Newman had a successful career as an educator and continues to give back to the community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Brockville General Hospital and treasurer of the Brockville Community Choir. In 2002 Eleanor became the first woman to hold the leadership role as the Director of Education and Chief Executive Officer of the Renfrew County District School Board in Pembroke, ON. She will receive her Honorary Diploma at the 10:00 am ceremony.

As President and CEO of Burnbrae Farms, Margaret Hudson is proud of her strong family and business ties to the local Brockville area. The Hudson family has been proudly farming in Lyn, Ontario for more than 130 years and 6 generations. During the COVID pandemic, Margaret and the Burnbrae team ensured that eggs and egg products were donated to food banks and community organizations ensuring families have access to nutritious food. Recognized by the Food Industry of Canada for her contributions to the industry, Margaret received the Golden Pencil Award in 2020. Margaret will receive her Honorary Diploma at the 1:30 pm ceremony.

Kingston Convocation – Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16

The recipient of the Honorary Diploma in Kingston is Dr. Aba Mortley, Owner of Cher-Mere Spa, which provides esthetic services with a focus on natural eco-conscious personal care products for people of all ages and skin tones. Aba was instrumental in creating the “Texture with Confidence” project at SLC, aimed at filling a gap in the Kingston market to teach and support hair stylists working with textured hair. She has sat on many boards and committees, including the Queen’s University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity, where she was the co-chair and is committed to building an inclusive community in Kingston. In her service to the community, Aba has been the the recipient of a City of Kingston, Civic Award and the Nick Bala award for distinguished Service with Youth Diversion. She will receive her Honorary Diploma at the June 16 ceremony at 3:00 pm.

“We take great pride in conferring Honorary Diplomas each year at Convocation as a way to recognize truly outstanding individuals in our communities,” said Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO. “The recipients always offer great words of inspiration to our graduating classes, and we hope that they will remember them throughout their lives and careers.”

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St. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples; we are grateful to live and learn on these lands. With campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, SLC delivers education and training that meets the needs of community, industry, and employers. The College prepares students to succeed in the global economy through relevant, practical programs and experiential learning opportunities. SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs including diplomas, degrees, graduate certificates, apprenticeships, micro-credentials and life-long learning opportunities. Everyone belongs in the SLC community, comprised of 12,000 full-time students and more than 115,000 alumni in 75 countries around the world.


Media Contact:
Laura Tulchinsky
Communications Officer
St. Lawrence College

Julie Einarson
Senior Advisor, Communications and Government Relations
St. Lawrence College

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