College Celebrates the Newest Members of the Alumni of Distinction Family | St. Clair College
Saturday, April 13, 2024
Alumni of Distinction award winners

St. Clair College hosted the 31st Annual Alumni of Distinction dinner, celebrating the remarkable accomplishments and journeys of six outstanding graduates.

Following graduation, each embarked on a unique path filled with challenges, opportunities, and triumphs. Their stories serve as shining examples of dedication and resilience and embody what it means to be a part of our St. Clair College family. Since 1992, the College has now honoured 137 graduates of the College as Alumni of Distinction.

St. Clair College's 31st Alumni of Distinction Award Honourees:

Ursell Arends, Deputy Prime Minister of the Island of Aruba
Graduated in 2005 from the International Business Program and was honoured as a graduate of Business and IT.

David Cassidy, President of Unifor 444, Windsor, Ontario
Graduated in 1991 from the Electrician Construction Maintenance Program and was honoured as a graduate of the College's Apprenticeship Program.

Larry Delaey, President and CEO of the Aarkel Group, Wallaceburg, Ontario
Graduated in 1989 from the Mold Making Technician Program and was honoured as a Technology / Engineering gradaute.

Chaouki Hamka, Community Leader Windsor – Essex (MADD)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Correctional Officer Southwest   Detention Centre, Windsor, Ontario
I graduated in 2009 from the Law and Security Administration Program and was honoured as a Community Studies graduate.

Dan MacDonald, Radio Host at AM800 CKLW Radio- Bell Media, Windsor, Ontario
Graduated in 2002 from the Journalism Program and was honoured as a graduate of Media, Art and Design.

Bhupinder Singh, Professional TNA Wrestler, Windsor, Ontario
Graduated in 2018 from the Human Resources Program, and then in 2019, he graduated from the Event Management Program and was honoured as a Recent Graduate Category (past five years) of the College.

The room was filled with the 2024 honouree's families, friends, work associates, College staff, alumni, students, former faculty and members of the communities of Windsor Essex and Chatham Kent acknowledging the journeys of these amazing alumni. Guests were reminded of the impact of our alumni community, which now stands over 130,000 strong in all our communities. Our graduates have woven themselves into industries and communities from Windsor-Essex to Chatham-Kent across Ontario, Canada, and the globe. Their contributions in business, skilled trades, engineering, media, community, sports, and leadership serve as a testament to the quality education and values of St. Clair College.

College President Patti France shared, "Thanks to the solid basis for ingenuity and hard work that a St. Clair education provided then and now, these award winners demonstrate that the dreams of our graduates can come true before they even fully realize that they are capable of achieving them. Tonight's six honourees are living proof that one of our mottos isn't just advertising hype; with a St. Clair College education, you really can "Start Here and Go Anywhere" To the top of a profession, to community leadership, to the upper reaches of the political realm, even, yes, to a championship belt in the wrestling ring.

They impressed us as students and inspired us as graduates, and now are our Alumni of Distinction."