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February 5, 2014

Honourees to attend President's Dinner.

On Thursday, February 6, 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. This award honours 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 his or her local community.

“Our Distinguished and Honorary Alumni have achieved outstanding career success and all are proud of their connection to Fanshawe,” said President Devlin. “They embody the core values of Fanshawe College and serve as an inspiration to us all.”

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni honourees are:

Emm Gryner, Music Industry Arts, 1995 (Creative Arts and Design) – Ms. Gryner is one of Canada's best-known singer-songwriters, with ten albums, three Juno nominations, and an independent record label to her credit. Last summer she made international news by collaborating with astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield to produce his thrilling space-station version of David Bowie's Space Oddity.

Mahmud Dhanani, Hotel Management, 1982 (Business) – Mr. Dhanani is Vice President of Food and Beverage Business Optimization at Walt Disney, leading a team that supports the high-quality guest experience at Disney. He began his career managing hotels and inns across Canada and the United States.  

Joe Liberatore, Construction Technician, 1972 (Technology) – As owner/operator of Con-wall Concrete, Mr. Liberatore has been involved in many high-profile construction projects in London and throughout Ontario.  Mr. Liberatore is very active within professional organizations that advance safety, labour relations and sound business practices in the construction industry.

Caroline Cameron, Broadcast Journalism, 2012 (New Graduate) – Ms. Cameron is a reporter and anchor for Toronto-based Rogers Sportsnet, Canada's live-event, high-definition sports network. She is also the weekend sports anchor for CityNews in Toronto at 6 and 11 p.m. and writes extensively about tennis for Sportsnet 590 and

Larry Myny, Senior Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy (Honorary Alumni Award) – Well-known for his extensive volunteer commitments, Mr. Myny is 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.

Kathryn Burrill, Recreation Leadership, 1979 (Health Sciences) - As 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, Ms. Burrill is responsible for both corporations' communication, engagement and stakeholder relations. 

Michelle Palmer, Developmental Services worker, 1983 (Community Services) – Ms. Palmer is Executive Director of Community Living London and volunteers extensively with many social services agencies. She currently chairs the Provincial Network on Developmental Services.

The 2013 recipients will be honoured at the President's Dinner in the James A. Colvin Atrium at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6.

Fanshawe College has recognized and celebrated its outstanding Distinguished Alumni graduates since 1992.

This event is open to media.