Cambrian College Honours Gold, Silver, and Governor General’s Award Winners

Posted on Wednesday June 3, 2015
Christopher Richardson (right) accepts the 2015 President’s Silver Medal from Cambrian President Bill Best (left).

During Cambrian College’s 47th convocation ceremonies, held May 27-29, three graduates were honoured for their academic excellence and contributions to the Cambrian community.

The President’s Gold and Silver Medals

The President’s Gold and Silver Medals are awarded annually to two graduating students who have combined academic excellence and technical ability with a significant contribution to College life. The Gold Medal is accompanied by a scholarship valued at $2,000 and the Silver Medal by a scholarship valued at $1,500.

Gold Medal Winner: Meet Thakkar
Meet Thakkar is a graduate of the three-year Dental Hygiene advanced diploma program who has devoted countless hours to the betterment of the College and the community. An extremely dedicated student, he graduates with a perfect 4.0 average and an extensive list of professional and volunteer accomplishments. Thakkar was the first international student representative to serve on Cambrian’s Board of Governors. He also earned the Student Award for Excellence from the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. Known for his smile, positive attitude and energy, Thakkar has done an exemplary job balancing the academic demands of a challenging program with extra-curricular leadership and volunteer commitments.

Silver Medal Winner: Christopher Richardson
Christopher Richardson is a graduate of the two-year Police Foundations program who is a gifted leader and tireless volunteer. Richardson served as President of the College’s Native Students’ Association and as a board member of the Cambrian Criminal Justice Association. He was also the student lead in two very successful cancer fundraisers. Richardson’s outstanding leadership skills, energy, and enthusiasm have enhanced the College and the community.

Governor General’s Academic Medal: Philip Balson

The Governor General’s Academic Medal is awarded each year to the graduating student with the highest average in a diploma program.

Philip Balson is a graduate of the Electrical Engineering Technician program. He earned a 95.8 percent average, which is an outstanding achievement. During his two years in the program, Balson was an exemplary student who regularly assisted others with their studies. Professors say he possesses great curiosity and a zeal for learning. Balson is continuing his education at Cambrian this fall, in the Electrical Engineering Technology program.


Lynn Bulloch
Communications Officer
College Advancement
(705) 566-8101, extension 6375


Cambrian Earns Bronze at National Skills Competition

Posted on Tuesday June 2, 2015
Computer Systems Technology student Jawala Birdi (far left) represented Ontario and earned a bronze medal at the Skills Canada National Competition in Saskatoon on May 30..

SASKATOON — On Saturday, May 30, Cambrian College’s Jawala Birdi took his place on the national podium at the 21st Skills Canada National Competition, earning a bronze medal in IT Network Systems Administration.

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