Six Georgian College alumni were recognized for their success at the Colleges Ontario Premier’s Awards in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 16.
The annual awards celebrate the outstanding contributions college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world. Categories included business, health sciences, success as a recent graduate, community service, creative arts and design, and technology.
Georgian had six nominees in a competitive field of 116 individuals.
Amanda Baysarowich, a nominee in the business category, is a graduate of two Georgian programs – Developmental Services Worker and Addictions: Treatment and Prevention. Now she’s using her passion to help those with autism spectrum disorder reach their fullest potential through her company, IBI Behavioural Services. Baysarowich also fundraises for clients, and lobbies for her clients’ integration into schools and the community.
“It is so rewarding to work with my clients and see their progress. Some children who come in are non-verbal and through an augmentative communications plan, they are eventually able to fully communicate with us and their families,” she says.
Amber Fournier, a nominee in the health sciences category, is a graduate of Georgian’s Opticianry program and is an advocate for vision care for both the elderly and the young. Fournier offers a specialty mobile service – the only one of its kind in northern Ontario – to elderly clients. She also initiated free vision screenings to elementary school students as a first step in supporting children with vision disorders.
“This all began by trying to help someone I love. Now, being able to share that with others is an amazing feeling,” says Fournier.
Mike Maurice, a nominee in the recent graduate category, is a graduate of Georgian’s Environmental Technology program. As an Arctic research technologist in Eureka, Nunavut, he is an integral member of the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change team and regularly completes special tasks for world-renowned researchers. His work is vital to scientists, researchers and policymakers who work to protect the health of our planet.
“I truly believe in what I am working for, helping to create a better world for Canadians and everyone else,” he says.
Victor Musowa, a nominee in the community service category, is a graduate of the Communicative Disorders Assistant program and founder of the Rehab Clinic and Children’s Education Centre in Malawi. Musowa co-founded the centre, which offers free support for speech, language and hearing disorders, in his native country in 2013.
“I went to Canada for one year and I was able to build this. It no longer belongs to me, it belongs to the community. I want to have more clinics in more communities,” says Musowa.
Cassandra Nordell-MacLean, a nominee in the creative arts and design category, is a graduate of the Interior Design program. Before she turned 25, Nordell-MacLean had already launched two successful building and design companies. One of them, William Standen Co., was named one of Canada’s fastest growing companies in 2013. She also uses her expertise to give back to her community by designing spaces for charities such as Habitat for Humanity.
Paul Zorad, a nominee in the technology category, is a graduate of the Electronics Engineering Technology program. Zorad founded Zortech Industries, which was an early adopter of energy efficient LED lighting technology and helped introduce it to the North American market. He is also a regular contributor to his community and has been honoured through numerous community and business awards.
To suggest a Georgian grad for nomination for the 2016 Premier’s Awards, write to our Alumni office.