M’Chigeeng woman receives 2016 Premier’s Award for Ontario college graduates

Kelly Crawford, of M’Chigeeng, centre in photo, is presented with a Premier’s Award for College Graduates. The province honoured six college graduates last week for their work to improve the social and economic well-being of those in their communities and around the world.

M’CHIGEENG—Kelly Crawford of M’Chigeeng First Nation has received a Premier’s Award as an exceptional college graduate. She is among six college graduates recognized for their work to improve the social and economic well-being of those in their communities and around the world.

“Ontario’s colleges have produced graduates who have gone on to achieve amazing success in their careers,” said Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Premier. “Many of these graduates have created jobs, made lasting contributions in their communities and helped to attract new investments. The recipients of this year’s Premier Awards are examples of our college student’s incredible potential.”

Ms. Crawford, a graduate of Canadore College, won the Premier’s Award for Community Services. A resident of M’Chigeeng First Nation who graduated from Canadore College in 2001, she is the vice-principal and education team lead at the Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute (KTEI) on Manitoulin Island, a release explains.

“Ms. Crawford has contributed to many curriculum projects over the years as part of her efforts to strengthen relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous people. In 2015, she wrote a guide to help teachers promote a greater understanding of treaties. Ms. Crawford attributes her time at Canadore College as providing her with the skills to design compelling digital content for students and teachers,” the release continues.

Each year, Ontario recognizes outstanding college graduates in six categories who have made exceptional contributions to society, through the Premier’s Awards for College Graduates.

The awards were launched in 1992 to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Ontario’s Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. Ontario partners with Colleges Ontario to administer the awards, which are celebrating their 50th anniversary next year.

Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted by Ontario’s 24 colleges. The recipients must demonstrate outstanding career success related to their college experience and have made a significant contribution to their communities.