Professor David Nowell presents William and Margaret Lydiatt Award at OCMC 2011

Lisa Symons and David Nowell present The Lydiatt Award to Bryan Abichandani, Centennial College

David Nowell presented the fifth annual William and Margaret Lydiatt Award to Centennial College student Bryan Abichandani at the recent Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition (OCMC).

Created by Sheridan College Professor David Nowell through an inheritance from the Lydiatt family, The Lydiatt Award commemorates two remarkable Canadians. William Lydiatt gave Marketing Magazine its name and was its publisher for 36 of the 100 plus years during which that magazine has been such a part of our profession. Margaret Lydiatt was William’s favored niece and she supported him through illness later in his life.

The award is offered to OCMC competitors based on three criteria. A student who supports others and works exceptionally hard, demonstrates exceptional commitment to OCMC, and has overcome extraordinary adversity and inspires others.

While the award was conceived and created in 2006, it was approved by the OCMC organizing committee for award in 2007.  For 2006, The Lydiatt Award was a Sheridan College award and the winner was Chantelle Simard, whose Sheridan team-mates found her to be incredibly supportive of them. She also was a last-minute replacement for the Sheridan’s team in an OCMC event and gave extra effort to do well in it.

Other winners include in 2010 Scott Landry of Mohawk College, 2009 Shauna Proctor of Contestoga College, 2008 Algonquin Student Sarah Ormon, and 2007  Victoria George of Seneca College.  Sadly, Victoria George died in April 2009 after falling ill while on vacation in Mexico. What began as a severe asthma attack led to an emergency trip back to Canada where she died in hospital with her family by her side. All who knew Victoria George were devastated by the news.

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