Toronto Police Chief TV host cap off Niagara College 2014 Spring Convocation Ceremonies


Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair (right) receives an Honorary Diploma in Justice Studies from NC president Dan Patterson.

2014 Spring Convocation Ceremonies concluded at Niagara College on June 20 with two special guests – Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair and MUCH host Paul Lemieux.

During the morning ceremony Police Chief Blair delivered the convocation address before the College’s School of Justice Studies and School of Allied Health Studies. Blair spoke about his early career serving as a police officer in some of the most challenging neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto and about the importance of passion persistence courage and service. He highlighted the importance of treating everyone with dignity as well as the having humility.

“Trust yourselves trust your education and trust the values your family has taught you” he said. “Dare to be extraordinary.”

Chief Blair received an Honorary Diploma in Justice Studies.

Lemieux who graduated from the College’s Broadcasting: Radio Television & Film program in 2006 before joining the MTV Live spoke about how his career unfolded and passed on his personal keys to success to new graduates from the School of Media Studies.

“Jump on every opportunity you can even if it’s not what you thought you wanted to do” he said.  His keys other to success included “fake it until you make it” “don’t cut corners” “enjoy life to the fullest by doing something you love” and “don’t listen to advice.”

“You are the ones living your life. You know what works for you” he said. “Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact I encourage you to fail. To fail is to learn and to learn is to grow.”

In addition to delivering the convocation address Lemieux received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

More than 3800 students graduated during the College’s Spring Convocation Ceremonies this year. In addition to Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair and MUCH host Paul Lemieux the ceremonies featured a distinguished roster of speakers including celebrity chef Michael Smith; Dr. Kevin Smith (CEO Niagara Health System president and CEO of St Joseph’s Health System); Katherine Chislett (commissioner Niagara Region Community Services); Mike Watt (executive vice president Walker Environmental Group Inc.) Len Crispino (retired president and CEO Ontario Chamber of Commerce and owner The Foreign Affair Winery) and Christina Milan (vice chair Niagara Industrial Association and founder of MBS Quality Consultants).



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