Lambton College Receives National Gold and Bronze Awards of Excellence

SARNIA, April 28, 2021 - Lambton College is once again receiving national accolades.

On Tuesday, April 26, Lambton College was presented with two awards from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), the organization that represents Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes, CEGEPs, and polytechnics.

At a lunch reception in Halifax, Nova Scotia, during CICan’s annual Connection Conference, Lambton College received the Gold Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award, and the Bronze Program Excellence Award for the Aamjiwnaang Personal Support Worker (PSW) program.

For Lambton College, this applied research and innovation honour follows a fourth overall ranking in Canada for research colleges in 2021 by Research Infosource Inc.

“Lambton College is committed to leading innovation in our community, region and Canada,” said Rob Kardas, President & CEO, Lambton College. “The CICan Gold Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our researchers, students, staff, faculty and partners.”

In the 2020-2021 fiscal year, Lambton College’s Research & Innovation department undertook 209 projects with 277 partners, hiring 260 research students and 82 recent graduates. Lambton College last received the Gold Applied Research and Innovation Award of Excellence in 2019.

Lambton College was further honoured at the conference when the Aamjiwnaang PSW program was awarded the Bronze Program Excellence Award, which recognizes a program that is innovative, portable, sustainable, and effective.

The Aamjiwnaang PSW program was developed in partnership with Aamjiwnaang First Nation. The program was designed to provide Indigenous learners with the opportunity to earn Lambton College’s Personal Support Worker certificate in a culturally safe and respectful environment. The program was initially going to be delivered on Aamjiwnaang First Nation, and when those plans were impacted by COVID-19, theoretical and clinical instruction was given in-person on the Lambton College campus. Funding for the program was provided by the Suncor Adelaide Community Benefit Fund.

The program produced 13 graduates uniquely positioned to provide beneficial care to any vulnerable population, and to address the need for PSWs who provide care that respects and supports Indigenous culture.

“We are endlessly proud of the Aamjiwnaang PSW program, and the collaborative and mutually supportive partnership with Aamjiwnaang First Nation that made it possible,” said Mary Vaughan, Senior Vice President, Academic and Student Success, Lambton College. “Our gratitude goes out to everyone involved in the program, and in particular to the graduates who worked so hard and are so dedicated to providing exemplary care for vulnerable populations.”

The CICan Awards of Excellence recognize best practices from institutions across the country, as well as individual leadership and achievements. The awards are presented in ten categories at gold, silver and bronze levels. In 2021, Lambton College earned the Bronze Indigenous Education Excellence Award. 

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Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
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