Top student to receive Governor General Academic Medal


Having returned to school after more than 20 years in the workforce Ron Romeo will leave Niagara College this Wednesday at the top of his class. 

The 43-year-old St. Catharines resident is this year’s recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal as he graduates from Niagara College’s Social Service Worker program with a  97.95 percent academic average.

Romeo returned to Niagara College in 2013 after working in broadcasting and the entertainment and gaming industries for more than 20 years – including time spent in Los Angeles working as a stand-up comedian. Romeo also studied in the College’s Broadcasting: Radio Television and Film program from 1989-92.

A desire to pursue a career where he can enhance the lives of others drew Romeo to Niagara College’s Social Service Worker program. Through the program he completed successful placements at the Brain Injury Community Re-entry and MS Society both in St. Catharines.

“I’m very grateful to my family for their support and to my professors for their guidance — the knowledge they’ve passed on will prove to be invaluable in my future career” said Romeo.

Following graduation Romeo plans to pursue a career where he can help people to live independently in the community. A husband and father Romeo says he hopes that his career experiences will set a positive example for his young daughter. 

“My daughter was always my inspiration and motivation to get through the course and build a career in the social services field — not only support her financially but to show her the importance of helping others and the value in helping to better the community that we live in” he said.

The Governor General’s Academic Medal was established by Lord Dufferin Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation to encourage academic excellence across the nation. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school approved college or university program. 

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