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MHC looking for next honorary degree recipient

December 16, 2011

Convocation 2012 is still six months away, but Medicine Hat College’s Board of Governors is already searching for nominees for the 2012 Honorary Baccalaureate degree.

The degree has been presented annually at convocation since 2005 to people who have distinguished themselves through exemplary service in our community.

“The honorary degree is a way for Medicine Hat College to recognize great people  who have made a positive impact,” said Ralph Weeks, president and CEO. “The community spirit of our region is overwhelming and we like to showcase that at our yearly convocation.”

In June 2011 Dr. Richard and Deborah Northcott were presented with the degree. The Northcotts are the founders of Canadian Humanitarian and have worked since 1995 to assist children and their families break free from the cycle of poverty in Ethiopia. What began as a local Medicine Hat organization has expanded to ten chapters across Canada, assisting thousands of Ethiopian families each year.

Other previous winners include Bob Porter, John Moldon, Ken Sauer, Jim Horsman, Randy Eresman, and Terry Brekko.

“This is the highest honour we can bestow,” Weeks said. “And we look forward to awarding it again in 2012.”

Nominations can be made in confidence by any member of the community. The nomination package can be obtained online at or by calling the president’s office at 403.529.3800. Nominations close on January 6.