SUDBURY – On May 29, as part of its 46th annual convocation ceremonies, Cambrian College bestowed its highest honour – the Dr. Fred Sheridan Award – on the Founding Partners of Cambrian’s Powerline Technician program, which include Greater Sudbury Hydro, the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association, PowerTel, and Vale. The award recognizes extraordinary service to education and society as a whole.
As a team, the Founding Partners have been committed to Cambrian College and to student success. Their financial support and contributions of time, people and equipment enabled Cambrian to launch a new approach to powerline training, including the development of a training field, which was the first of its kind in the college sector. In addition, their employees sit on the College’s Program Advisory Committee, work as instructors in the program, and serve as placement supervisors for the students out in the field.
“Each of our organizations has an ongoing commitment to the PowerTech program. We feel it is our duty to do our part to ‘home grow’ our next generation of workers,” Brian McMillan, Vice President of Greater Sudbury Hydro and Chair of the Powerline Technician Program Advisory Committee, said during his address on Thursday. “I would like to thank Cambrian College and the Sheridan family for selecting our group to receive the award. We didn’t do it for the award or the accolade; the continued success of the program is what motivates us.”
Introduced in 1992, the Dr. Fred Sheridan award is named for the man who helped establish Cambrian College. Before his death in 1990, Dr. Sheridan had devoted 50 years of service to numerous educational institutions, boards and associations in Northern Ontario.
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