Lambton College President & CEO Judith Morris Honoured with Scholarship, National Award During Virtual Retirement Celebration

“I leave on June 30th knowing that Lambton College is in excellent shape because of the teamwork of our support staff, faculty, administrators, our incredible community, and of the provincial and federal advocacy work that has been done.
“I leave on June 30th knowing that Lambton College is in excellent shape because of the teamwork of our support staff, faculty, administrators, our incredible community, and of the provincial and federal advocacy work that has been done."

SARNIA, June 24, 2021 – It was a stream of tributes, memories and reflections celebrating nearly two decades of visionary leadership and extraordinary achievements.

With mere days left in her tenure as Lambton College President & CEO, Judith Morris was honoured as a passionate and innovative leader during a virtual celebration that included messages and well-wishes from across various sectors including remarks from government officials, provincial college representatives, International education partners and members of the Lambton College community.

The two-hour event featured a combination of live and pre-recorded presentations, personal and professional stories shared on behalf of Morris’ friends and family, and a specially produced 14-minute Legacy Video highlighting her career.

As a leader, Morris was recognized for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship among faculty, staff, and students, and will be remembered as a vocal champion for equality and accessibility in education. A strong advocate for experiential learning opportunities for students, Morris was known to be instrumental in linking industry and education through college collaborations with businesses.

Morris’ dedication and advocacy leading the Envision Tomorrow campaign to secure $75M in funding for new facilities, including the NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre and Cestar Group Athletics & Fitness Complex was also acknowledged through a series of videos.

As a thank you for her contributions to the College, Franco Filia, Chair of The Lambton College Foundation Board of Directors announced the establishment of a new Judith Morris Legacy Scholarship, which currently stands at $107k due to generous donations on behalf of long-time College partners and contributions from Lambton faculty, staff and administrators. The Lambton College Foundation will work with Morris to establish guidelines for the scholarship, and a formal celebration will be held in the fall to acknowledge those involved in funding the creation of the new scholarship.

Lambton College Board of Governors Chair Janice McMichael Dennis also surprised Morris and the audience with an announcement of the dedication the College’s new west entrance, which, upon reopening, will be renamed the Judith A. Morris Atrium and Welcome Centre.

“It’s warm, welcoming and will forever have an impact like you have,” McMichael Dennis told Morris as she revealed a rendering of the new space to viewers.

Members of Lambton’s World Cup Winning Enactus team also presented Morris with her own championship ring, following a video featuring the life-changing projects that enhanced thousands of lives over the years – thanks to continued support from Morris.

In a pre-recorded video for the event, Denise Amyot, President & CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), announced that Morris was the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service award, recognized for her strong leadership and remarkable contribution to the college system as a whole.

"Judith Morris' career in postsecondary education, spanning over three decades, has been truly inspirational," noted Amyot. "She set a standard for breaking down barriers when she became the first female President of Lambton College and that was only the beginning. Judith continued to break down barriers as she led a small college from rural Ontario to become a national leader in applied research and a popular destination for growing numbers of international students."

Morris joined Lambton College in 2002 as Vice President Academic & Student Success and in 2012 was named President & CEO. In an emotional and heartfelt speech to close the event, Morris reflected on her time at Lambton, thanking multiple members of the College’s leadership team, her provincial colleagues, and community partners for their support throughout the years.

“I leave on June 30th knowing that Lambton College is in excellent shape because of the teamwork of our support staff, faculty, administrators, our incredible community, and of the provincial and federal advocacy work that has been done. I am incredibly grateful to have been part of that success, because our students will be the recipients, and they are and always have been our mission,” she said.

Morris joined Lambton College in 2002 as Vice President Academic & Student Success and in 2012 was named President & CEO.

To view the special Legacy Video honouring Judith Morris and her exceptional career at Lambton College, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjXtd7cM3Sk.


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