The Premier’s Awards are an annual provincial awards program created by the government to acknowledge the important economic and social contribution college graduates make worldwide. The Premier’s Awards are administered by Colleges Ontario.
Any graduate of a college program may be nominated. The person must have demonstrated outstanding career success and be making a contribution to their community or society.
Colleges may nominate one graduate in each of the following categories:
- Creative Arts & Design
- Community Service
- Health Sciences
- Recent Graduate
Do you know a Georgian graduate who should be recognized for their career achievements and successes?
The Alumni Office welcomes suggestions for nominations at any time. Please contact Kelly Pottage, Manager, Alumni and Stewardship, email@example.com, 705-728-1968, ext. 1878 for further information.
Meet Georgian’s 2012 nominees
The 2012 Premier’s Awards will be held Monday, Nov. 26, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
Category: Creative Arts & Design
Program of Study: Business Administration
Graduating Year: 1984
Job Title: President and Creative Director
Place of Employment: Three Small Rooms Hair Salon
Suzanne Martin is an internationally renowned and award?winning hairstylist who operates a high?end salon, Three Small Rooms, in Barrie. A titan in her industry, Martin’s work has been featured in more than 30 magazines and fashion spreads around the world in Italy, Spain, Korea and Japan. In 2006, Martin won the Canadian Hairstylist of the Year – Elite Master HairStylist award and has since been appointed a lifetime achievement judge on the Canadian Judges Panel for Hairstyling. She has also successfully represented Canada at the Organisation Mondiale Coiffure (OMC) World Championship. Dedicated to furthering professional and ethical standards in the hairstyling industry, she regularly mentors aspiring hairstylists who apprentice in her salon.
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Category: Community Services
Program of Study: General Arts and Science; Native Education – Community and Social Development
Graduating Year: 1995; 1998
Job Title: Chief
Place of Employment: Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nations
Program of Study: Business and Management Studies
Graduating Year: 1976
Job Title: Executive Vice President of Direct Distribution and Operations
Place of Employment: The Co-operators
Where passion, drive and a desire for excellence merge, you’ll find Rick McCombie. An industry leader at The Co?operators, McCombie’s success has been built on a solid foundation and love of accounting and insurance, best?practice business standards, and customer service. He has continually strived for and achieved multi?product growth, raising the average number of insurance products to three or more per client, making his firm a leader on this front. He is an integral part of an 11?member executive team who is collectively responsible for more than $2 billion in premiums, and a staff totalling 2,730 people. An involved community member, McCombie gives back through his philanthropic efforts with the United Way.
Category: Health Sciences
Program of Study: Nursing
Graduating Year: 1997
Job Title: President of Council; After-Hours Administrator; Part-Time Faculty Nursing Program
Place of Employment: College of Nurses in Ontario; Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital, Windsor; St. Clair College
Part-time faculty nursing program, Kris Voycey’s passion for nursing has led him to become a provincial health-care leader as president of council of the College of Nurses of Ontario. From early on in his career, he has implemented best-nursing practices internationally as a trauma management specialist and emergency program manager in one of the busiest level one trauma centres in North America at Detroit Receiving Hospital; he developed a successful RN mentoring program in Leamington, and he currently works as the after-hours administrator at Hôtel?Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor. In addition, he shares his expertise with the next generation of nurses as part?time faculty at St. Clair College.
Program of Study: Industrial Design
Graduating Year: 1985
Job Title: Chief Technology Officer
Place of Employment: Buoyant Aircraft Systems International (BASI)
Dale George has established a niche in the world of design for improving operations, defining innovation, and creating industry standards for a number of products and services. Now he is again at the leading edge as the chief technical officer of Buoyant Airship Services International. George’s remarkable journey began in the Industrial Design program at college. Throughout his evolution from the early days of designing the now-famous “little yellow” plastic slide that can be found in backyards across North America, to developing the first high-altitude wind turbine, to his aviation work with lighter?than?air airships with NASA and transport to remote areas, George has remained a trailblazer in his field.
Category: Recent Graduate
Program of Study: Child and Youth Worker
Graduating Year: 2011
Job Title: Educator and Workshop Facilitator
Place of Employment: Sex Ed Central
Candice Reich had the vision to launch a highly specialized business called Sex Ed Central in a niche area where few are comfortable. Sex Ed Central provides comprehensive sexuality education programs and workshops across Canada to people of all ages, sexual orientation, academic levels and occupations. Drawing from her Child and Youth Worker studies at college, Reich develops and delivers programs, and manages an inclusive website to provide accurate and relevant sexuality and sexual health information to all in a non?threatening way. She has won numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Academic Medal for Academic Excellence, and she is an active community volunteer.