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Nominations open for MHC’s Honorary Applied Degree

January 12, 2022

Medicine Hat College (MHC) wants to recognize the vision, passion and accomplishment of a community-minded individual with its Honorary Applied Degree.

This deserving individual will be acknowledged for their achievement and distinction in activities that align with the vision of MHC, including: scholarship, the advancement of learning, welfare and social responsibility, creativity and innovation, enterprise, and public service.

All members of the public are invited to submit a nomination and all information submitted is confidential. The selected candidate will be celebrated at MHC’s annual convocation ceremony on June 10, 2022.

“The passion and commitment of individuals is evident across our region and Medicine Hat College is proud to recognize the contributions of those who help better our communities in so many ways,” says Kevin Shufflebotham, president of MHC. “We appreciate those who take time to nominate deserving individuals through this process and look forward to celebrating our next honorary degree recipient.”

 Last year’s recipient was Gerry Labas, whose career spanned 40 years in private utilities, crown corporations and all levels of government including service to the City of Medicine Hat as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operation Officer- Energy Division. He is also an advocate for lifelong learning and a tireless community leader.

Labas joined previous award recipients David J. Carter, Parvin Camphor, Lorne Taylor, Bill Yuill, Dr. Larry Henderson, Rob Renner, Dr. Roy Wilson, Dr. Richard and Deborah Northcott, Bob Porter, Dr. John Moldon, Dr. Ken Sauer, Jim Horsman, and Randy Eresman. MHC's first honorary applied degree was bestowed in 2005 to Terry Brekko.

The application deadline is January 31, 2021. Nomination forms can be downloaded here.