1996 Alumni of Distinction


Joanne Burghardt Journalism, 1981     Joanne Burghardt has worked as a reporter, news editor, managing editor and for the past five years as editor-in-chief of multiple Metroland Media Group publications. She serves on the board of directors for the YWCA in Durham Region and volunteers for the Lakeridge Health Network and Canadian Cancer Society. She has provided numerous placement opportunities to Durham College students and hired several graduates for employment.

Stephen Flaro Business Administration — Accounting, 1975     Stephen Flaro is a certified general accountant with Lakeridge Health Corporation. He is also a supporter of Durham College and his community. Flaro is associated with numerous community organizations including the United Way, Information Oshawa and the Oshawa/Clarington Association for Community Living.

Kevin Kelly Food and Drug Technology, 1986     Kevin Kelly has played an active role in developing a partnership between Durham College and Novopharm Ltd., a national company that working towards affordable health-care solutions. As a laboratory supervisor, Kelly provides hands-on training to students through the college’s placement program, opening Novopharm’s labs for student tours and attending student career nights to provide information. He is also part of the Durham College Food and Drug Technology Advisory Committee. Kelly coaches soccer and supports local charities, such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Whitney Lake Registered Nursing, 1984     For many years, Whitney Lake was involved with the local Ontario Nurses Association and over the last five years has served as president. She is dedicated to educating her colleagues on public health-care issues and workplace standards. Outside the hospital, Lake gives a great deal of her time to Cobourg Police Services as vice-chair of its board. She is also chair of several other committees that are developing and studying new initiatives in policing.