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Governor General’s Academic Medals celebrate outstanding success

For a century and a half, the Governor General’s Academic Medal has been one of the country’s most prestigious awards for outstanding educational achievement.

College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) 43 graduate winners since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic were recently honoured at a special awards ceremony hosted by then Lieutenant Governor Judy Foote. Nearly half attended the ceremony in person. As winners of this medal, graduates demonstrated academic excellence in their program of study and achieved the highest academic marks at their respective campuses.

“It was a pleasure as Lieutenant Governor to present 20 outstanding young people with the Governor General’s Academic Medal at a ceremony hosted at Government House on behalf of Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Mary May Simon,” said Lt.-Gov. Foote. “As they embark on their chosen career paths, His Honour and I encourage them to continue to do their very best and enjoy the journey. We are incredibly proud of them and their achievements.”

CNA President and CEO Elizabeth Kidd says the medal is a big deal, one that represents long hours of dedication.

“I have been fortunate to work in post-secondary education for some time now and serve as President of College of the North Atlantic for the past three years,” said Ms. Kidd. “During that time – the Covid years – I witnessed students facing many challenges, educational and otherwise, and time and time again, I was inspired and impressed by their ability to push through it all and achieve at such a high level.”

The Governor General’s Academic Medals were established in 1873 and past winners have included notable Canadians such as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau; Tommy Douglas, the father of socialized medicine in Canada; and the esteemed former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson.

“This year marks the 150th anniversary of these medals and they represent the standard of student excellence in the academic community,” explained Heidi Staeben-Simmons, Associate Vice President of Public Affairs and Advancement. “This is no small feat, and our students are all very deserving of the accolades bestowed upon them.” The winners of the Governor General’s Academic Medals are:

2020-21 Academic Year

Medal RecipientProgram
Best, KaylaPractical Nursing
Edwards, JessicaOffice Administration – Executive
Fizzard, LeonardOffice Administration – Executive
Gale, JasmineAgriculture Technician Co-op
Green, DevonCivil Engineering Technology Co-op
Harvey, AshleyCultural Culinary Arts & Tourism
Noble, NatalieOffice Administration – Executive
Noseworthy, KellyPractical Nursing
Oh, Hyun YoungOffice Administration – Executive
Ormilla, GelmayOffice Administration – Executive
Prince-Stagg, ChantillePractical Nursing
Ralph, LiamAircraft Maintenance Engineering Technician
Samms, BethanyBusiness Administration
Simmons, PerpetuaOffice Administration – Executive
Whelan, KeelyVideo Game Art & Design
Young, GlendaOffice Administration – Executive

2021-22 Academic Year

Medal RecipientProgram
Benteau, ErikaCommunity Leadership Development
Caines, MirandaExecutive Office Management
Crane, BradleyGeomatics/Survey Engineering Technology
Dsouza, ReshmaExecutive Office Management
Dyke, TaylorExecutive Office Management
Galway, TanishaAircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology
Hand, MatthewWelding Engineering Technician
Kaur, ManrajpreetRecords and Information Technology
Kennedy, KendraPractical Nursing
Meade, DavidPrimary Care Paramedicine
Paquette, CurtisVideo Game Art & Design
Singh, Rattan PreetExecutive Office Management
Ye, TanyanBusiness Administration – Accounting

2022-23 Academic Year

Medal RecipientProgram
Carpenter, StephaniePractical Nursing
Cooper, SandraCultural Culinary Arts & Tourism
Davies, DavidAircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology
Durnford, KaylaleeMedical Office Management
Gill, ThomasWelding Engineering Technician
Heo, SeonyoungGraphic Design
Hughes, MelissaExecutive Office Management
Keeping, DarrellynEarly Childhood Education
Kennedy, NicholasComputing Systems Engineering Technology Co-op
Musgrave, AndrewDigital Filmmaking
Sheppard, AmberExecutive Office Management
Snow, MeganExecutive Office Management
Vanin, MichaelExecutive Office Management
White, AngelPractical Nursing
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Ryan Crocker
Ryan Crocker
Ryan is CNA's Manager of Communications. A graduate of CNA's Journalism program, Ryan worked as a journalist for more than a decade, winning multiple awards, before transitioning to marketing and communications. He returned to his alma mater in 2023 and contributes articles to CNA Currents working closely with Editor Ryanne McIsaac.


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