Sonia Del Missier, the former vice-president of academic at Cambrian College in Sudbury, has been recognized with a Minister's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Recipients have demonstrated outstanding achievement related to their college experience and have made a significant contribution to their communities.
Del Missier, who spent 39 years at Cambrian, served in a number of roles at the college before retiring in 2017.
She was also active in the community, working with the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers and the Canadian Cancer Society Sudbury Advisory Committee.
Del Missier was additionally a former member of the University of Sudbury Board of Regents and has been a member of the Laurentian University Board of Governors since 2012. She is also a member of Cambrian College's Board of Governors and the Cambrian College Foundation Board of Directors.
The retired administrator holds a bachelor of science degree in language, a certificate of bilingualism, and a master's of business administration degree from Laurentian University.
"Throughout her career, Sonia has been tireless in her commitment and dedication to the students of Cambrian College," Ross Romano, minister of colleges and universities, said in a Dec. 3 news release.
"She has always been an ambassador of Ontario's college system, and over her nearly 40-year career at Cambrian, she has held many positions and had a tremendous impact on the college, the local community, and the postsecondary education sector. I'm delighted to have this opportunity to congratulate Sonia for her lifetime of leadership at Cambrian."
Romano presented the winners with their awards on Dec. 2 in Toronto during the 2019 Higher Education Summit hosted by Colleges Ontario.