Northern College to Celebrate Alumni Successes on the Provincial Stage

November 6, 2023

TIMMINS, ON:  Northern College is pleased to announce its nominees for the 2023 Colleges Ontario Premier’s Awards.

The annual awards ceremony hosted by Colleges Ontario celebrates College graduates across the province in a variety of fields, with each college nominating those who best represent the institutions core values.

Northern College has nominated Social Service Worker Graduate, Christina Kioke, Civil Engineering Technology Graduate, Quinn Truong, and Social Service Worker and Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, Kristen Murray, for these prestigious awards.

“This is a celebration of education, of the possibilities that educational institutions like Northern can offer those looking for the tools to make a difference, to overcome obstacles and succeed,” stated Dr. Audrey J. Penner, Northern College President & CEO. “We are thrilled to be able to put forward such strong candidates year after year that represent the Northern College spirit, long after they’ve concluded their studies with us.”

All three nominees have made a significant impact in Northern’s campus communities through social contributions as educators, political figures, and leaders.

“We’re incredibly proud of our alumni and their contributions to their communities,” stated Nicole Gingras, External Relations Officer at Northern College. “Having this opportunity to present those successes to the wider college system will always be a reason to celebrate.”

Since 1992, the Premier’s Awards has recognized graduates across seven categories – Apprenticeship, Business, Community Services, Creative Arts & Design, Health Sciences, Recent Graduate and Technology.


About Northern College

Northern College, established in 1967, serves the educational needs of post-secondary, apprenticeship, and contract training, both on-site and through remote learning, as well as delivering academic upgrading and employment services. Its catchment area covers 160,000 square kilometres, which is roughly the size of France, and includes over 65 communities – 18 of which are First Nations. The College has four main campuses located in Haileybury, Kirkland Lake, Moosonee and Timmins, as well as numerous Access Centres, including along the James Bay coast. Northern College, known as Canada’s Kindest College, is recognized for its warm, welcoming and culturally inclusive environment. It has received the top ranking in the province of Ontario in graduate satisfaction out of all English-speaking colleges (2022). A highly respected community and regional partner with close to 50,000 graduates, including the Haileybury School of Mines (est. 1912), the College plays a critical role in the region’s economic development as well as strong global mining influence.


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