Lambton College presents the 2023 Premier’s Award Nominees

Lambton College building
11 / 22 / 2023

SARNIA, November 22, 2023 – Lambton College is proud to honour three outstanding alumni who have been nominated for this year’s Colleges Ontario Premier’s Awards.

On Monday, November 27, College will celebrate a select group of notable alumni during the annual Premier’s Awards ceremony in Toronto. This year, the Lambton College Alumni Association is pleased to nominate Don Richardson, Garrett VanDusen and Nicole Paquette.

“Lambton College is always proud to celebrate the impact our alumni have in their chosen professions,” says Rob Kardas, President & CEO, Lambton College. “In addition to career success, this year’s nominees have demonstrated a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, dedicating their time and resources to creating meaningful change in the communities they serve. They have set an extraordinary example for our current students, and they are outstanding ambassadors of our College. My congratulations to all of them on receiving this prestigious nomination.”

The Premier’s Awards are hosted by Colleges Ontario in honour of the important social and economic contributions that graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world. Nominees are selected by each college based on their ongoing contributions to their fields and communities. The Premier’s Awards recognize one winner across seven categories.

This year, Lambton College is proud to nominate the following alumni: 

Don Richardson, Business
Don has spent much of his career dedicated to improving telecommunications and energy resources for First Nations communities, enhancing not only the resources available to First Nations communities, but also creating economic opportunities to foster revenue generation. Don's work as an advocate for First Nations communities has increased energy alternatives and enhanced telecommunications, contributing not only to the success of Indigenous students in remote communities but also greatly impacting opportunities for telemedicine.

Garrett VanDusen, Creative Arts and Design 
Garrett is a film producer with top networks in the industry. Not only has he played a significant role in the production of major films and television shows, but he has also played a starring role in ensuring that minorities are accepted and feel included within the film and television production industry. He is an advocate for LGBTQ and BIPOC communities and has used his success and passion to help pave a more inclusive space for minority groups working within the arts.

Nicole Paquette, Community Services 
Nicole is a passionate advocate for the health and well-being of marginalized children. As the co-founder of Noelle's Gift, Nicole has helped to raise over $3.3 million since 2013, positively impacting the lives of over 15,000 children. The volunteer-run charitable organization has received local and provincial recognition for providing nutrition, clothing, and educational equipment to thousands of marginalized children in the community.

For more information on this year’s nominees and the annual Premier’s Awards ceremony, go to Premier's Awards.

Lambton College is always looking to honour notable alumni. If you know of a graduate who has an inspiring story to share, please contact the Lambton College Alumni Association at"

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