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Huntington honours local leaders for 60th anniversary celebrations

The university awarded honorary doctorates to several local leaders, as well as former premier Dalton McGuinty
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Huntington University handed out several honorary doctorates as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, including three to Sudbury residents. From left, Scott Darling, Dr. Oluremi Odulana-Ogundimu and Richard Rainville.

In celebration of Huntington University’s 60th anniversary celebrations, several honorary doctorates were conferred by the institution earlier this spring.

The anniversary celebrations were extended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Three local members of the Greater Sudbury community were conferred with honorary doctorates of sacred letters for their tremendous commitment and contributions.

Dr. A. Oluremi Odulana-Ogundimu is a doctor, pediatrician and life-long champion for multiculturalism and inclusion in Greater Sudbury. Scott Darling received an honourary degree for his work as an educator, community leader and passionate champion of local causes.

And Richard Rainville, executive director for Réseau ACCESS Network, was awarded for his advocacy for the community and vulnerable populations of Sudbury.

Rainville said in a release that he is humbled and truly honoured. 

“Huntington University is symbolic with its compassion, outreach and core values that promote the betterment of our community and society as a whole,” he stated. “I am grateful to be recognized for my work and encourage everyone to do their part to ensure that the right to quality health care, and other vital social services, are preserved and delivered for everyone in our great society.”

Several additional honorary doctorates were also presented separately as part of Huntington University’s 60th anniversary celebrations. An honorary doctorate of divinity was conferred to

Dr. Richard Bott, 43rd moderator of the United Church of Canada.

Honorary doctorates of sacred letters were conferred on three recipients: Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, an academic, advocate, registered nurse and leader for aging adults and seniors across Canada; Dalton McGuinty, Ontario’s 24th premier, and; Livy Visano, an award-winning academic and scholar at the Department of Equity Studies (Human Rights and Equity Studies Program) at York University.

“We are so blessed to have such amazing people working every day to help others and to lift up our communities,” said Mrs. Bela Ravi, chancellor of Huntington University. “Recognizing the contributions of these outstanding citizens is a great way to conclude our 60th anniversary celebrations.”