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College honours distinguished alumni

Three Holland College alumni were honoured last night at the Holland College Foundation's third annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner and award ceremony, held at the college's Tourism and Culinary Centre. Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart, CBC's Eva O'Hanley, and Vector Aerospace employee Jeff Poirier are this year's award recipients.

Holland College President, Brian McMillan says that Mayor Stewart, Ms. O'Hanley, and Mr. Poirier are wonderful examples of Holland College graduates who have utilized their skills to build successful careers.

"Since its inception 40 years ago, Holland College has had the privilege of graduating over 26,500 students who contribute to industries that range from health to policing, golf to construction, and hospitality to bioscience. This year's honourees are well deserving of this prestigious award and through their personal and professional accomplishments, each one has brought distinction and pride to our college," he said.

"Alumni are an important part of the Holland College family," said Nelson Snow, Board Chair for the Holland College Foundation and Holland College alumnus. "It is an annual college highlight to announce and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding alumni who have made a difference in their chosen careers, industries, and communities."

In this picture: Holland College president Dr. Brian McMillan (left) and Holland College Foundation Board Chair Nelson Snow (right) congratulate the recipients of the foundation's third annual distinguished alumni awards, (l-r) Mayor Basil Stewart, Eva O'Hanley, and Jeff Poirier.

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Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010