On Friday, June 9, Honorary Diplomas will be conferred to Jim Cooper during the 10:00 am ceremony, and Mary Mansworth during the 1:30 pm ceremony at this year’s Convocation for St. Lawrence College Brockville campus. The honorary diplomas acknowledge and celebrate the individual’s long-standing contributions to their communities and dedication to the college.
Jim Cooper, is the president and a part owner of a global manufacturing firm, Canarm LTD, recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed companies by CIBC and Deloitte professional services in 2012. Jim also received the 2013 Citizen of the Year award from the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce for the extensive volunteer work he has done within his community.
Jim’s community work includes co-chairing Brockville’s annual Palliative Care Golf Tournament, which earns hundreds of thousands of dollars every year during a single day of golf. He also serves on the board of the Brockville General Hospital Foundation and is the chairman of the Student Advisory Council for Loyalist College’s Business Sales and Marketing program in Belleville. In the past, Jim was the chair of the Brockville YMCA board on which he served a total of seven years.
Mary Mansworth is a tireless community volunteer since moving to Brockville with her family in 1976 from Cork, Ireland. She is currently chair of the Brockville and Area YMCA’s Strong Kids Annual Giving Campaign; co-chair of the annual local Empty Bowls Fundraiser, which raises thousands of dollars each year for Loaves and Fishes, a non-profit local restaurant. She is a member of the Brockville 100 Women Who Care initiative, which raises money for local charities, and she is a board member on the St. Lawrence College Foundation board.
She has served on various committees, such as the Brockville Refugee Committee, which brought Vietnamese refugees to Brockville in 1978 and Syrian refugees in 2016, and the Wall Street Village Affordable Seniors’ Housing Project, which is building an 85-unit affordable seniors’ apartment building in Brockville. She has also served on the board of the Child and Youth Mental Wellness Centre of Leeds and Grenville. Mary has held various leadership roles in her community, the YMCA, and the Brockville Yacht Club as well.
“These Honorary Diplomas have been conferred for the leadership they’ve shown to the community through volunteerism and service,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College. “We know their example of public service and giving back to their communities will be inspirational to our graduates as they embark on their futures.”
For a complete biography of our recipients, please visit our website: stlawrencecollege.ca/honorarydiploma.
For Convocation ceremony details: stlawrencecollege.ca/convocation.