Haweater receives prestigious Cambrian College accolade

William Merrylees, left, who is originally from Gore Bay, is the winner of the President’s Gold Award at Cambrian College. Presenting the award was Bill Best, president of Cambrian College.

SUDBURY—A Cambrian College student, originally from Gore Bay, has received a prestigious award from the school.

William Merrylees is the winner of the President’s Gold Award at Cambrian College. Mr. Merrylees is the son of Bob and Connie Merrylees of Gore Bay.

“This is the highest award graduating students can get through Cambrian,” Connie Merrylees told the Recorder on Tuesday.  William, “was born and raised here and went to elementary school here (Charles C. McLean Public School) and attended high school at Manitoulin Secondary School.”

Cambrian College held its 48th Convocation ceremonies on June 2-3, where three exceptional graduates were honoured for their academic excellence and contributions to the Cambrian community, a release notes.

The President’s Gold and Silver Awards are presented annually to two graduating students who have achieved academic excellence and made significant contributions to the college and community. The Gold Award is accompanied by a scholarship valued at $2,000 and the Silver Award by a scholarship valued at $1,500.

“William Merrylees is a graduate of the Community and Justice Services Program and is an inspiring leader, dedicated student and tireless volunteer,” a Cambrian release notes. “Mr. Merrylees’ younger classmates call him “Big Brother” because he is a remarkable role model. The father of six earned a 4.0 average and has done an exemplary job balancing the demands of his challenging academic program with volunteer and family commitments. His positive attitude and energy inspire those around him to be the best they can be.”