Brent M. Eckert, a professor in Cambrian College's school of science, skills and technology, is the recipient of this year's President's Award for Excellence - faculty category.
A civil engineering professor at Cambrian since 1986, Eckert is an educator who is respected by his students and his peers for his dedication to teaching excellence and for his commitment to lifelong learning. A strong motivator and an attentive listener, he encourages students to be active participants and independent thinkers, and to achieve success in their personal and professional lives.
An active community member, Eckert is a board member of the Church of the Ascension; past president of the Association for Bright Children; past vice-chair of Cambrian's college council; and has been a Canadian and regional science fair judge.
The President's Award for Excellence acknowledges faculty who have been exemplary in their efforts to achieve their own professional goals and to inspire the faculty community to set and achieve the highest standards in the classroom.
Well-known Sudburian, Floyd Laughren, is this year's recipient of the
Dr. Fred Sheridan Award, one of Cambrian's most prestigious awards. Laughren has spent much of the last 30 years serving the people of Northern Ontario, first as a teacher at Cambrian College and then as a provincial politician. Currently, he is chair of the Ontario Energy Board. Prior to his appointment to the Ontario Energy Board in March 1998, Laughren enjoyed 27 years as the MPP for Nickel Belt, and the distinction of being the longest-serving member of provincial parliament in Queen's Park.
The Dr. Fred Sheridan Award recognizes contributions to the advancement and betterment of society through extraordinary service to education.