Recommend a George Brown College graduate as a potential nominee for a 2014 Premier’s Award.
Do you know of a candidate for the Premier's Awards?
If so, please submit this nominee information form.
The Premier's Awards is an annual provincial awards program created by the government to recognize the important economic and social contribution college graduates make to Ontario. Award nominees receive a bronze medal and direct a five thousand dollar bursary to the college of their choice.
There are 6 categories and one graduate may be nominated in each category:
- Creative Arts and Design
- Community Services
- Health Sciences
- Recent Graduate
2014 Premier’s Awards Nominees
Creative Arts and Design
Sarah Stevenson, Graduate 2008, Fashion Techniques and Design
Since launching Sarah Stevenson Design in 2010, Toronto fashion and textile designer Sarah Stevenson has won two major Canadian fashion awards and was selected to create an exclusive line for Target Canada stores in spring 2014. She won a full scholarship to study for a Master of Textile and Clothing Design in Milan. Named Most Promising New Label at the 2013 Toronto Fashion Incubator awards and best Emerging Talent at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards in 2014, Stevenson is known for her wearable art pieces featuring custom-made fabrics created from her own artwork and for sustainable local production processes.
Jessica Lynn Whitbread, Graduate 2009, Community Worker
Feminist, social justice activist and artist, Jessica Whitbread is a passionate advocate for the rights of women living with HIV. As Global Director of the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), she is managing the organization's transfer to Nairobi. Whitbread was the youngest and first queer woman to be elected as ICW's Chair and founded its first international chapter for young women, adolescents and girls. She was the only Canadian to be selected to attend the UNESCO Chair International Leadership Training Program in 2009 and won the Leading Women Building Communities award from the Ontario government in 2011.
Shane Butcher, Graduate 1981, Business Administration – Marketing
Shane Butcher transformed a college education into a successful 34-year career in banking, becoming BMO's Vice-President of Personal and Commercial Product Operations for Canada before retiring in 2013. Experiencing many successes at BMO, he saved the bank $20 million in operating expenses without any layoffs. Community service is part of Butcher's personal mandate, giving back both as a BMO employee and as an individual. A long-time volunteer for Kids HelpPhone, he was named their Volunteer of the Year in 2008. Butcher is now Retail Manager with Libro Credit Union in London, where he is developing and executing its retail strategy.
Kimberly Daley, Graduate 1998, Dental Assisting, Graduate 1999, Dental Hygiene
Dental hygienist Kimberly Daley's passion is making people smile. She is the founder of Nine Miles of Smiles, a registered charity providing free dental care to children and adults from marginalized communities in Jamaica. Leading teams of volunteer dental professionals and students to Jamaica twice a year since 2005, Daley has treated over 8,000 Jamaicans, many of whom were in pain or missing teeth for years. Working from a mobile clinic in a rural village spice factory, her teams provide restorative dental care, make dentures on-site to replace missing teeth, and provide education in dental hygiene to prevent future problems.
Royal Canadian Navy Command Chief Petty Officer Tom Riefesel, MMM, CD, Graduate 1981, Architectural Technology
Command Chief Petty Officer Tom Riefesel is the top non-commissioned sailor in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). He provides strategic advice to the RCN Commander on all aspects of navy life from discipline, professional development to morale and quality of life. Joining the navy as a Signalman, he spent 27 years at sea, serving on eight ships and played a significant role in introducing computer systems into naval communications. In 2011, Riefesel was invested into the Order of Military Merit (MMM) - the military equivalent of the Order of Canada - and awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Daniel Janetos, Graduate 2009, Culinary Skills – Chef Training
Chef entrepreneur Daniel Janetos shares his passion for food and cooking on a number of levels through his multi-faceted company, Daniel Janetos Co. He works as a consultant chef, providing business strategy and building back-of-house systems for restaurant start-ups and makeovers; he provides commercial catering to companies interested in providing fine dining options; and his hand-crafted Petit Creme Brulee product line is available in upscale Toronto food stores. Named one of the Ontario Hostelry Institute's Top 30 Under 30 in 2012, Janetos has been featured on the television shows Chopped Canada, The Marilyn Dennis Show and Junk Raiders 3.