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2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

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3 recipients with awards


2016 Award Winner Bios

Scott Annear

Business Administration 1987

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Scott graduated from the Business Administration program in 1987 and immediately joined his father, Morley, in the family business as a truck driver. In 2002, he became the general manager.

Scott has been a driving force within the trucking industry in PEI for the past 25 years and, under his leadership, Morley Annear Ltd. continues to thrive and expand. He is also a partner in a new venture, River Run Dining Cruises, operated out of Montague.

Scott is past president of the PEI Trucking Sector Council and is on the board for the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association. He is very active in the Montague Rotary Club, serves as the Chair of the Lower Montague Council, and is the president of the Montague Curling Club. He is also a member of the Masons and the Shriners service clubs.

A community-minded individual, Scott has been successful in multiple facets of society, from growing a farming operation to commerce, recreation, to fundraising.

“Holland College helped me transition from a high school student, to an adult ready for the workplace. The Business Administration program was a good start for me and I have continued to learn and grow, building on the educational base that Holland College provided.”

Patti Larsen

Journalism 1992

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After graduating from Holland College’s Journalism program in 1992, Patti did some work in her chosen field and then decided to take a completely different direction, returning to school to become a hairdresser. She had a very successful hair styling career but, after fifteen years, realized she was not following her passion and returned to what she loved best: writing.

After a few unsuccessful attempts at being published in the traditional sense, she taught herself the process of publishing and self-published her own books which were then picked up by eager readers.

This was noticed by publishers who then approached her to publish through them. To date, Patti has published over 75 books in the middle grade, young adult, and adult paranormal genre, gaining worldwide recognition and success as an author.

Patti has been awarded the PEI Book Award for Fiction and placed first in the 2014 International World’s Best Story contest, garnering her a book deal and a tour. Along with facilitating several local writing workshops, she has been involved in the writing and producing of the Lovely Witches Club web series, produced entirely on PEI.

“I can’t say enough about Holland College and my experience there. Despite being a good student throughout my life, for the first time ever I loved school, loved the process. Best of all, I was free to learn in a way that made the most sense to me.”

David Trainor

Electromechanical Technology 1990

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David graduated from Holland College’s Electromechanical Technology program in 1990 and then joined Allied Signal Aerospace, which later became Honeywell Engines and Systems. His skills, work ethic, and dedication served him well as he steadily climbed the ranks eventually being named Site Leader, the highest position in the Summerside branch. After 14 years at the plant in PEI, David moved on to positions with Honeywell in Montreal and Phoenix Arizona before returning to the Island.

With his knowledge of the aerospace industry, David identified a gap in the Prince Edward Island market and in 2008, opened Action Aero in Charlottetown, a company that specializes in overhauling and repairing aircraft engine accessories. Action Aero’s clients hail from across North America, as well as Australia, Europe, Africa, China, India, and Brazil.

Today, Action Aero employs 37 individuals, many of whom are Holland College graduates, and the company continues to expand. David also plays an active role within the Aerospace Association of PEI, which strives to promote the sector and facilitate development of the workforce.

In 2013, David, along with a group of other Island business owners, stepped up to help keep PEI’s club of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team on PEI, now known as the Charlottetown Islanders. David currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

“When I took the Electromechanical Technology program at Holland College, I never dreamed I would end up in aviation. The program gave me and my classmates the opportunity to pursue multiple industries. Holland College gave me a great foundation and opened up many, many doors.”

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