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November 20, 2014

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus to celebrate convocation November 21, 2014.

On Friday, November 21, 2014, family and friends will gather with Fanshawe College faculty and staff to celebrate the graduation of 166 students from the Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus. The College offers a diverse range of programming in Norfolk County, including academic upgrading, certificate and diploma programs, as well as continuing education and pre-apprenticeship opportunities.

"The faculty, staff and administration of the Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus are proud to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the 2014 graduating class," says campus chair Donna Gates. "They join more than 160,000 Fanshawe College graduates who are contributing to the economy and prosperity of our region and the world. We offer our most sincere and warm congratulations to each of these graduates as they commence the next chapter in their lives."

Fanshawe honorary diplomas recognize outstanding individuals who have enriched the lives and careers of Fanshawe College's students and alumni. This year, the Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus will recognize Mr. Les Anderson with a Fanshawe College honorary diploma.

Seventy-one graduates will be acknowledged as President's Honour Roll recipients in recognition of academic excellence. Ms. Ricci Lauchlan will receive the Dean's Academic Award for achieving the highest academic standing among all of Fanshawe's Continuing Education programs. Forty-one additional awards will be presented to graduating and non-graduating students.

The fall graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic High School, 128 Evergreen Hill Road, Simcoe, Ontario.

Les Anderson, Honorary Diploma Recipient

Les Anderson is employed with Norfolk County in the Health and Social Services Department. Prior to working for Norfolk County, he served as a municipal councillor for nine years in the former city of Nanticoke and the Region of Haldimand-Norfolk. Les has served on a number of community boards including the Police Services Board, the Norfolk General Hospital Board and the West Haldimand General Hospital Board. He was a founding board member of Children's Mental Health Services in Haldimand-Norfolk (now called REACH). Les is involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters In-School Mentoring program and recently assumed the role of President of the United Way of Haldimand-Norfolk. He has also become a strong advocate for those living in poverty, organizing special events to promote awareness, speaking publicly and corresponding with all levels of government.

Les began volunteering at the Simcoe Campus in 1979. He joined the Campus Advisory Committee in the mid 1980's, serving as chair from the mid 1990's to 2005. In 2000 and 2001, he chaired the Campus Development Steering Committee which undertook an extensive community consultation and a review of the programs and services offered at the Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus. He served on the Board of Governors for Fanshawe College from 2006 to 2012. In 2009, he initiated a local Capital Fundraising Campaign to assist with the renovations at the Simcoe Campus. He has participated in numerous Simcoe Campus graduation ceremonies and has always viewed it as one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year.

Les is not only a strong supporter of the Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus but is also a strong advocate for access to post-secondary education programs in rural Ontario.

Les Anderson is married and lives in Simcoe. He is the proud father of four sons and eight grandchildren.

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