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Holland College student Earns a Car 

April 20, 2017

 (L-R) Neil Riley, Jody Milligan, Ryan Brown, Pam Corominas, and Sarah Duncan pose by the car with their award envelopes moments before the recipient of the car was announced.

(L-R) Neil Riley, Jody Milligan, Ryan Brown, Pam Corominas, and Sarah Duncan pose by the car with their award envelopes moments before the recipient of the car was announced.

Charlottetown, PE – Sarah Duncan, a student in Holland College’s Plumbing program, has earned more than just good marks this year.  Her hard work and dedication have also earned her a brand new 2016 Nissan Micra  Four other students, Ryan Brown, in the Sport and Leisure Management program; Pam Corominas, in the Practical Nursing program; Jody Milligan, in the Construction Electrical Technology program; and Neil Riley, a student in the Resident Care Worker program, are $1,000 richer, thanks to the generosity of Calgary businessman and former Islander, Lou MacEachern.

Thirty-five students were nominated for their outstanding efforts, the top five nominees were interviewed by a selection panel on Wednesday morning. The car and four cash awards of $1000 were presented during a celebration at the Prince of Wales Campus later that afternoon.

This inspiring initiative was the idea of Calgary businessman and former Islander, Lou MacEachern, who has donated the car and the cash awards for three consecutive years. Candidates were nominated by faculty and staff on the basis of merit, character, and academic achievement.

Mr. MacEachern’s hope has been to motivate students to work toward achieving their personal and academic best.

“In my experience, a little extra incentive can go a long way,” said MacEachern.  “It’s important to do what we can to encourage the next generation to reach their full potential. They’re our future, after all.”

MacEachern grew up in Hazel Grove, PEI, and, like many of his generation, left school at a young age to help on the family farm.  In 1956, he returned to Queen Charlotte School in Charlottetown as a mature student, after which he attended post-secondary training at Prince of Wales College and then Dalhousie University.  MacEachern moved to Calgary, where he married, raised a family, and made his mark as a leader in business and as a benefactor in the community.

“These unique awards have produced many personal bests for our students over the last three years,” said Holland College President, Dr. Brian McMillan. “We are proud of their outstanding accomplishments, and are very grateful to Lou for providing this opportunity. His generosity is truly inspiring.”

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Jo-Ann Campbell-Boutilier
Executive Director
College Advancement and the Holland College Foundation
Tel: (902) 629-4273

 

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