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February 3, 2014

On Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin and Gail Malcolm, President of the Fanshawe College Alumni Association, will host the twenty-second Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony at the President's Dinner. During this special evening, Fanshawe will recognize the significant contributions of six graduates who have established a legacy of excellence in their workplaces, their communities and their own lives. The College will also present its first Honorary Alumni Award.

Location: James A. Colvin Atrium (located in B Building. View on campus map)

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014

The 2013 recipients will be:

  • Emm Gryner, Music Industry Arts, 1995 - Canadian music singer/songwriter
  • Mahmud Dhanani, Hotel Management, 1982 (Business) - Vice President, Walt Disney
  • Joe Liberatore, Construction Technician, 1972 (Technology) - Owner/Operator of Con-wall Concrete, London
  • Caroline Cameron, Broadcast Journalism, 2012 (New Graduate) - Reporter/Anchor for Rogers Sportsnet
  • Larry Myny, Senior Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy (Honorary Alumni Award) - Senior Investment Advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy
  • Kathryn Burrill, Recreation Leadership, 1979 (Health Sciences) - Vice President, Communication and Public Affairs for St. Joseph's Health Care and Vice President, Marketing and Communication for the St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation
  • Michelle Palmer, Developmental Services Worker, 1983 (Community Services) - Executive Director of Community Living London



Kathryn Burrill,
Vice President, St. Joseph's Health Care London
(Graduated: Recreation Leadership, 1979)

Kathy Burrill is an example of where a solid Fanshawe education can lead.

Graduating from the Recreation Leadership program in 1979, Kathy has built a career across a range of health care leadership roles. She is currently Vice President, Communication and Public Affairs at St. Joseph's Health Care London, as well as Vice-President, Marketing and Communication for St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation.
In her work, Kathy has built strong relationships with health care partners, particularly as hospitals in London navigated restructuring and change over the past 15 years. She volunteers as a mentor of Fanshawe students through the Larry Myny Mentorship Program, and presents regularly to professional and student groups. Kathy credits Fanshawe and her many mentors and colleagues for her career journey.


Caroline Cameron,
Sportsnet Reporter
(Graduated: Broadcast Journalism, 2012)

Caroline Cameron is enjoying a jet-powered sports-broadcasting career, landing her first job with Rogers Sportsnet three days after completing her Broadcast Journalism diploma at Fanshawe. Today she is a Sportsnet reporter and anchor, weekend sports anchor for Toronto's CityNews, and a respected tennis writer for Sportsnet 590 and Caroline holds the 2011 Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award from the London Youth Council and Pillar Nonprofit for her work with Rogers TV in London, and was named 2010's most promising news writer by AM980. She also maintained a spot on the Fanshawe College Dean's Honour Roll for students holding a G.P.A. of 3.9 or higher.


Mahmud Dhanani,
Vice President, Food and Beverage Business Optimization, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
(Graduated: Hotel Management, 1982)

With a Fanshawe diploma in Hotel Management, Mahmud Dhanani began his career managing hotels and inns across Canada and the US. In 1995 he accepted a position as Food and Beverage Manager for Disney's new Vacation Club Vero Beach Resort. Since then Mahmud has climbed steadily through the Disney ranks, and is now Vice President of Food and Beverage Business Optimization. In this position he leads a team focusing on the business intelligence needed to support the high-quality Guest (customer) experience at Disney operations across North America.


Emm Gryner,
(Graduated: Music Industry Arts, 1995)

Emm Gryner is one of Canada's best-known singer-songwriters, with ten albums, three Juno nominations and an independent record label to her credit. After releasing her first album shortly after graduating in 1995, Emm went on to write and record nine more albums (two of which were nominated for Best Pop Album of the Year at the Juno Awards), play and tour with David Bowie, and sign several important artists to her own Dead Daisy Record label, including Royal Wood and In-Flight Safety. Along the way she made her acting debut in the Canadian indie film One Week, and co-hosted the CBC radio show Under the Covers. In 2012 Emm founded Trent Severn, a Canadian folk-roots trio, with fellow songstresses Dayna Manning and Laura C. Bates. Last summer she made international headlines collaborating with astronaut Chris Hadfield on his thrilling space-station version of Bowie's Space Oddity.


Joe Liberatore,
Owner/President Con-wall Concrete
(Graduated: Construction Technician, 1972)

Joe Liberatore owns and operates Con-wall Concrete, a leading London concrete-formwork business. Con-wall has been part of many high-profile construction projects, including London Health Sciences Centre, the Biotron and Windee projects at Western University, and both major residences at Fanshawe. It has also helped build many heavy industrial and treatment plants and high-rise residential projects throughout Ontario. Joe volunteers with a number of professional associations to advance safety, labour relations and sound business practices in the construction industry. His extensive volunteer portfolio includes work with the Local Apprenticeship Committee (LAC), the Labourer's International Union of North America (LiUNA), the London and District Concrete Forming Contractor's Association and the Ontario Formwork Association.


Michelle Palmer,
Executive Director, Community Living London
(Graduated: Developmental Services Worker, 1983)

Michelle Palmer is Executive Director of Community Living London, the same organization where she began her career 30 years ago as a part-time support worker. Community Living (CL) offers support and advocacy to people with intellectual disabilities, as well as their families, and Michelle has dedicated her career to furthering this mission. In addition to running CL, Michelle volunteers extensively in the social-service sector. She currently chairs the Provincial Network on Developmental Services, and is Past Board Chair for the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities. She serves on Fanshawe's Developmental Service Worker advisory committee and on Community Living Ontario's government relations committee. Throughout her adult life Michelle has remained true to the spirit of compassion and caring that first attracted her to a career in the social services, and to the Developmental Services Worker program at Fanshawe.


Larry Myny,
Vice President and Senior Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy

The new Honorary Alumni Award recognizes those who, in addition to excellence in both career and community life, have made particular contributions to Fanshawe College and its students. Larry Myny is the perfect choice for the inaugural presentation of this award. Well-known in London for his work as Senior Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy as well as his extensive volunteer commitments, Larry is also founder of and major donor to the Larry Myny Mentorship Program at Fanshawe College. This innovative program matches volunteer mentors with students, helping them develop the insight and self-awareness needed to balance their personal and professional lives with their core values.