Graduates, campus honoured for community outreach and overcoming adversity

Graduates, campus honoured for community outreach and overcoming adversity

BRANTFORD, June 10, 2019 – Career Colleges Ontario is proud to announce the recipients of its annual CCO Awards recognizing excellence among the province’s career colleges, their instructors and graduates. The awards recipients were first honoured during an awards ceremony in Toronto on May 30, which saw the gathering of colleges across the province to celebrate the stories all-too-often confined to the halls of Ontario’s career college campuses. 

Career Colleges Ontario presents the awards to graduates who have made exceptional strides in their lives and careers in the face of adversity. The awards provide a platform and recognition for the outstanding achievements of graduates and the hurdles they have overcome. The awards also recognize the hard-working instructors who helped these students on their journey to achieve their education and career goals. 

“These are the stories that too often go unheard,” said Christopher Conway, CEO of Career Colleges Ontario. “It’s vital that we give light to the contributions career colleges and their students make to their respective communities and to demonstrate that career colleges are not a third-party to provincial education but a necessary pillar serving a unique demographic of students.” 

CCO is also pleased to announce the recipient of the 2019 Paul Kitchin Award for Outstanding Community Involvement. Each year, the award is presented to an Ontario career college that has exhibited, through community involvement, exceptional service in the enhancement of the prosperity of Ontarians. For a campus to receive the Paul Kitchin Award, a partnering charity or non-profit must nominate the campus, and a panel of judges assess the overall impact the campus’ contributions have on its community.


Paul Kitchin Award for Outstanding Community Involvement

Sound Engineering program sponsored by Metalworks Institute and Nominated by Interprovincial Music Camp (IMC)

Excellence in Teaching Award

Ian Bell, Algonquin Careers Academy

Outstanding Graduate Awards:

Applied Arts

Jonathan Bosco, Trebas Institute


Princess De-Thomas, Trebas Institute

Human Services

Joe Rossignoli, Westervelt College

Health Services

Christine Fanous, Algonquin Careers Academy

Paralegal Services

Christal Côté, Algonquin Careers Academy

Leonard Howell, Algonquin Careers Academy

Ontario’s career colleges have played an essential role in post-secondary education and career training in Ontario for over 150 years. They produce approximately 30,000 graduates each year who go on to accomplish great things in their careers and their communities. The CCO Awards is a celebration of career college institutions, graduates and instructors who have exhibited outstanding community engagement and career success.

About Career Colleges Ontario

Career Colleges Ontario (CCO) is a not-for-profit association that was established in 1973 to advocate on behalf of career colleges in the province of Ontario. The association’s purpose is to help governments, key decision makers and the public understand the critical role its members and their students play in supporting Ontario’s post-secondary education system and improving the province’s economic well-being. CCO members contribute to Ontario’s economy by providing highly qualified graduates in hundreds of essential, skilled fields such as Applied Arts, Business, Healthcare, Human Services, Information Technology, Services and Trades.

Media Contact:

Dyson Wells

Marketing and Communications Officer

Career Colleges Ontario

519-752-2124 ext. 115



Shennel Lobrick

Anderson College

News and Events

Statement by Career Colleges Ontario on the imposed cap on study permits

Career Colleges Ontario (CCO) represents a vast network of over 280 regulated career college campuses across Ontario. These colleges have been integral to Ontario’s post-secondary […]

Read More

CCO Affiliates