Six Georgian College alumni were celebrated as nominees for the Ontario Premier’s Awards at a gala event Nov. 26 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. The awards honour Ontario college graduates who have made outstanding contributions throughout the province and around the world.
Ian Barlow (Art Fundamentals, 2001 and Graphic Design, 2004) has demonstrated the versatility a Georgian education can provide – shifting from print communications and branding to working on some of the world’s leading-edge technologies that are shaping how people go about their lives every day at Google, Mozilla and Kobo.
Scott Groh (Aviation Management, 1989) is WestJet Airlines crew resources vice-president and has more than 30 years experience in the industry. He has flown more than two million miles across 60 countries and his strategic planning helped pioneer the use of software optimization tools to solve logistical and air crew-scheduling challenges.
Lindsay Geiger (Massage Therapy, 2014) has, in her short career as a registered massage therapist, travelled the globe and worked with some of the world’s largest sporting leagues and events including the NHL, NBA and Canadian Olympic team. She believes giving back is important and is now in her third term as public relations chair for the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association.
Greg Miller (Civil Engineering Technology, 1995) is the current Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) president. He is responsible for leading an organization that has more than 25,000 members, representing 15 disciplines and six different regions.
Natalie Harris (Advanced Care Paramedic, 2011) is a retired advanced care paramedic, author, teacher and award-winning mental health advocate. She was a training co-ordinator, the first female County of Simcoe Paramedic Services advanced care paramedic, a proud Bell Let’s Talk ambassador and the founder of Wings of Change.
Zein Dhanidina (Fundraising and Resource Development, 2006) has dedicated more than three decades to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged and marginalized populations. As founder of the Refugee Women’s Network, she has helped break the cycle of poverty for countless families and empowered refugee women and children to achieve their full potential.
“We are extremely proud of our Premier’s Awards nominees,” said MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College president and CEO. “They’ve each built impressive careers, been changemakers in their workplaces and in their communities, and are an inspiration to all future Georgian grads.”
With more than 11,000 full-time students across seven campuses, Georgian has been serving the postsecondary needs of thousands of people in central Ontario, helping them to reach their dreams. The college has more than 75,000 alumni.
Photo, from the left: Natalie Harris, Lindsay Geiger, Greg Miller, MaryLynn West-Moynes, Scott Groh, Ian Barlow, Zein Dhanidina and Don Gordon, Georgian College Board of Governors chair.