John A. Stewart received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Business Degree for his years of community service during the Lakeland College Vermilion Campus Convocation Ceremony at the Vermilion Regional Centre on June 2.
The Stewart family attends the Honorary Credential presentation to their father at the Lakeland College Convocation on June 2.
From left Lakeland College’s Vice President Michael Crowe, John A. Stewart, Cameron Stewart, Susan Massitti, Greg Stewart, Doug Stewart and Lori Wilhelm.
John said he was “honoured” to receive the award last Friday and his son Doug Stewart gave an acceptance speech on his behalf.
John’s grandparents settled in Vermilion in 1905, the year Vermilion was established. He was born in Vermilion in 1935. After attending the University of Alberta and then the University of Montana where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1957, John returned to his hometown of Vermilion and joined Craig Brothers Ltd., where he then immersed himself in the business and the community.
“Like his grandparents and parents, Dad always viewed the college which was established in 1913 - as one of the cornerstones of this community and region. Each generation of our family has tried to show support for the community which has grown from humble beginnings to the outstanding post-secondary institution it is today. Dad’s proud that two of his grandsons have attended Lakeland,” said Doug.
John A. Stewart was emotional upon receiving his Honorary Bachelor of Applied Business Degree. Photos Marie Conboy
John had received numerous community awards and recognitions over the years for his years of community service including a Melvin Jones Fellowship. He was a member of the Kinsmen Club and a long time member of the Vermilion Agricultural Society.
In his speech, Doug encouraged graduates to get involved in their community.
“Many of you will be moving to a new town or city. Once you’ve settled into your new job, make the time to get involved. You can help plan a local event, join a volunteer board or coach a sport’s team. I know the community and your life - like Dad’s - will be richer in so many ways.”
More than 351 of the 505 candidates graduated from degree, diploma and certificate programs at the Vermilion campus and were recognized during the celebration.
Members of the Juno and Grammy award nominated drum group Northern Cree sang a native song.