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February 6, 2015

Distinguished Alumni Awards presented on February 5, 2015.

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, Fanshawe President Peter Devlin and Gail Malcolm, President of the Fanshawe College Alumni Association, hosted the twenty-third Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony at the President's Dinner.

During the evening, the College recognized six graduates and an honorary alumnus who have made significant contributions within their fields.

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Fanshawe's 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients (front row l-r) John Loney; Tony Boyle; Larry Lau; Karen Keyes; Gail Malcolm, President, Fanshawe College Alumni Association. (Back row l-r) Paul Noakes; Henrietta Van hulle; Bonnie Bastien, Trevor Morris' aunt who accepted his award on his behalf; Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honour Fanshawe graduates who have used their skills to improve themselves, their chosen field and their community. For the second year, Fanshawe presented an Honorary Alumni Award to an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to Fanshawe College and its students, while also achieving substantial career success and having a positive impact on the community.

"Each of these Distinguished Alumni Award recipients have achieved great personal and professional success and we are very proud of their accomplishments," said Fanshawe President Peter Devlin. "In leading a college that is committed to unlocking the potential of students and the community, it's incredibly rewarding to celebrate Fanshawe graduates that are turning heads as industry leaders, entrepreneurs and employees in nearly every job sector in Ontario and around the world."

"On behalf of Fanshawe's more than 160,000 alumni, I offer my congratulations to the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. They are a source of inspiration for both Fanshawe alumni and current students who are eager to make their own mark on the world.” said Gail Malcolm, President of the Alumni Association. “We thank the community for their investment in our graduates and helping to grow such impressive and gifted employees who contribute socially, financially, productively and with heart."

The 2014 Distinguished Alumni are:

  • Tony Boyle, Web Page Design and Digital Imaging and Animation, 2002 (Business) Founder and CEO, HRdownloads.com
  • Karen Keyes, Developmental Services Worker, 1991 (Community Service), Director of Client Services, DeafBlind Ontario Services
  • Larry Lau, Marketing Management, 2010 (Recent Graduate), Partner, ATMOS Marketing
  • John Loney, (Honorary Alumni Award), Head Coach, Fanshawe College Varsity Cross-Country Team
  • Trevor Morris, Music Industry Arts, 1990 (Creative Arts and Design), Composer, Trevor Morris Music, LTD.
  • Paul Noakes, Motor Vehicle Mechanic, 1987 (Technology), Owner/Driver – Paul Noakes Racing
  • Henrietta Van hulle, Nursing, 1984 and Occupational Health Nursing, 2005, (Health Sciences), Executive Director, Health & Community Services, Public Services Health & Safety Association

Biographies:

Distinguished Alumni Award - Business: Tony Boyle

Founder, President and CEO, HRdownloads.com
(Graduated: Web Design and Digital Imaging Animation Technology, 2002)

The founder and CEO of London-based HRdownloads Inc., Anthony Boyle was driven to create his company by a determination to provide a resource for all businesses to have one point of access for their human resources needs.

HRdownloads Inc. helps small and large teams and businesses with everything from day-to- day administration to large scale, strategic issues. His innovative way of utilizing a low cost, web-based and telephonic approach to making human resources available to every business – no matter the size, location or industry – has revolutionized how human resources are managed today. Under Anthony's leadership, HRrdownloads Inc. consistently produces positive results, both internally and externally and created and innovative product offerings for clients.

HRdownloads Inc. has been recognized on three occasions as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada by the Great Place to Work Institute and Your Workplace magazine. His company has grown from a staff of three in 2005 to more than 90 full-time employees.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Community Service: Karen Keyes

Director of Client Services, DeafBlind Ontario Services
(Graduated: Developmental Services Worker, 1991)

A world of darkness and silence can be a lonely place. Karen has chosen a career path that focuses on serving the diverse needs of people who find themselves in this situation. During a career spanning more than 20 years with DeafBlind Ontario Services, Karen has committed herself to making a profound impact on those living with deafblindness. Over that time she has served as an intervenor – the 'eyes' and 'ears' for people who are deafblind – team leader, manager and now Director of Client Services. Whatever her role, Karen has always thought of her clients and their needs first.

DeafBlind Ontario Services believes that with a helping hand and supportive touch, individuals who are deafblind can increase their independence on their own terms. Karen has taken this to heart. Along with her client services responsibilities, she has led teams implementing several community-based programs including: a customized training program for organizations that support individuals with sensory loss and communication challenges; Sensory Exploration Arts, a visual arts program that promotes artistic expression by individuals with sensory impairments; and Tremplin, a community program for Francophone individuals who are deafblind.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Recent Graduate: Larry Lau

Partner, ATMOS Marketing
(Graduated: Marketing Management, 2010)

As Partner of ATMOS Marketing, the London- and Toronto-based award-winning digital marketing agency, Larry works with well-known local businesses and high-profile national brands throughout Canada and the United States.

A true entrepreneur, he is also Partner/Co-Founder of other thriving startups including Pulp & Press Juice Co. and Doppler.

Over the years, Larry has shared his expertise by teaching digital marketing courses at both Fanshawe College and Western University.

He sits on the Program Advisory Committee for Fanshawe's Entrepreneurship program and mentors an Entrepreneurship student through the College's Larry Myny Mentorship program.

He also serves on the Board of Director for the London chapter of the Chinese-Canadian National Council and the Jays Care Young Professionals Committee.

Honorary Alumni Award: John Loney

Head Coach, Fanshawe College Varsity Cross Country Team

The Honorary Alumni Award recognizes an individual who has achieved excellence in their career and community life, and made a strong contribution to Fanshawe College and its students.

John Loney has been making an impact on Fanshawe Athletics since 2004 as head coach of men's and women's varsity cross-country team. Under John's leadership, the teams have won six national championships, 11 provincial championships, 20 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) individual and team medals and 29 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) individual and team medals. He has also been named CCAA and OCAA Coach of the Year.

On a personal level, John has represented Canada at international track and field, triathlon and duathlon competitions. He won a silver medal at the World Duathlon Championships in Spain and has twice been named Canadian Duathlete of the Year. He continues to compete nationally as a Masters runner and is co-record holder of the Canadian Masters 4x800m relay record.

John's goal is to see each athlete reach their full potential and create their own memorable moment in sport.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Creative Arts and Design: Trevor Morris

Composer, Trevor Morris Music, LTD.
(Graduated: Music Industry Arts, 1999)

After graduating top of his class, Trevor moved to Toronto where he spent his 20s in the city's music production circles working with all the top studio and production companies. Wanting a longer format to express his musical creativity, he made the most dramatic and impactful choice of his career – moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career composing scores for films and television.

As Trevor's own composition career developed, so did the opportunity to directly collaborate with some of the industry's top names like Jerry Bruckheimer, Neil Jordan and Tony and Ridley Scott. He has won two Emmy awards and two Gemini awards for his compositions on the television productions The Tudors, The Borgias, The Pillars of the Earth and, his largest film to date, Immortals which has passed the $200-million mark worldwide.

Trevor is currently working on the Antoine Fugua feature Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. This action thriller is set for release in March 2015.

Distinguished Alumni Award – Technology: Paul Noakes

Owner/Driver – Paul Noakes Racing
(Graduated: Motor Vehicle Mechanic, 1987)

Paul Noakes knows cars. He was immersed in them from an early age, with his father beginning to take him to the race track when he was just a baby. After obtaining his professional "Top Alcohol Funny Car" drag racing license at age 18, he has never looked back. In 2007, Paul won the Canadian Drag Race Driver of the Year Award.

Paul competes in the prestigious National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing series (broadcast on ESPN2). He has a license to race in Pro-Modified, Top Dragster and recently obtained his license to drive in Top Fuel, the fastest category of drag racing with speeds exceeding 310 mph.

With the support of his wife and family, Paul has combined a passion for professional drag racing with a strong commitment to teaching automotive students at Saunders Secondary School.

Paul wants to be a positive role model for all transportation technology students and uses his racing career to help motivate and teach students – not only about the exciting world of transportation technology, but also to never give up on pursuing their dreams.

Paul has passed on his racing legacy to his daughter Brooklyn. One of his proudest moments was watching her race in her first junior dragster event last year at the age 9.

Distinguished Alumni Award - Health Sciences: Henrietta Van hulle

Executive Director, Health and Community Services, Public Services Health and Safety Association
(Graduated: Registered Nurse, Nursing, 1984 and Occupational Health Nursing, 2005.)

Henrietta Van hulle has spent more than 30 years working in the health care field, building a reputation of expertise and professionalism. She began her career as a nurse at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital caring for patients for 17 years. A deep-rooted commitment and passion for improving the health and safety of those working in the health and community care sectors saw Henrietta move into the occupational health and safety field with a focus on infection prevention and control, workplace violence prevention and disability management.

Henrietta a Canadian Nurses Association certification in Occupational Health Nursing and is a member of the London District Occupational Health Nurses Association and the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association. She actively advocates for healthcare workers by sitting on many provincial committees with the Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Henrietta has spoken on the subject of disability management, workplace violence prevention, bullying and healthy work environments at provincial, national and international conferences.

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