Hard work pays off for 88 Thames Campus students

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Erika Broadbent, right, a St. Clair College Thames Campus student in the one-year accelerated Child and Youth Worker Program, was one of 88 lucky students to receive a bursary Thursday at the 42nd annual awards ceremony at Club Lentina’s in Chatham. Presenting the Chatham Kent Women’s Centre Bursary is Darlene Smith, chair of the centre’s board.

Erika Broadbent, right, a St. Clair College Thames Campus student in the one-year accelerated Child and Youth Worker Program, was one of 88 lucky students to receive a bursary Thursday at the 42nd annual awards ceremony at Club Lentina’s in Chatham. Presenting the Chatham Kent Women’s Centre Bursary is Darlene Smith, chair of the centre’s board.

St. Clair College Thames Campus donors and students had the chance to meet Feb. 26 at the 42nd Annual Scholarship and Bursary Awards ceremony in Chatham.

According to Thames Campus Principal Lynn McGeachy Schultz, 88 students were awarded $45,000, thanks to the generosity of donors.

“We are here to celebrate what matters most to us – students,” McGeachy Schultz said. “And to thank our donors for the financial support and encouragement they give to our students.”

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Students had an opportunity to sit with their donors over lunch, and McGeachy encouraged both parties to talk and learn from each other. The awards help students with their academic financial needs and celebrate hard work and dedication to their chosen field of work.

St. Clair College President, Dr. John Strasser, who announced his retirement earlier in the day, said the college is continuing to build programs and make a difference in the lives of students.

“We are getting recognition nationally and internationally, and we wouldn’t be able to do that without the generosity of donors and people such as yourselves,” Strasser said at the ceremony.

Strasser will step down at the end of August this year, McGeachy Schultz said, to spend more time with his three young grandchildren, after 15 years at the helm. Current Senior Vice President, Operations Patti France, will take over as president Sept. 1.

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