Dr. Ronald P. Schlegel, founder and primary funder of the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging, was presented with an honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies degree during Conestoga’s Convocation ceremonies on June 11.
“Ron’s passion for improving the lives of seniors has had a significant impact here at Conestoga, and across our broader community. He has helped create a new vision for workforce development that will provide quality care for seniors,” said Conestoga president Dr. John Tibbits.
During the ceremony, Schlegel - a philanthropist, innovator, community builder and advocate for healthy living - shared his experiences in farming, academia, urban development and health care to demonstrate what’s motivated and inspired him throughout his career. He also reminded the health and life sciences graduates in attendance that they have an opportunity to be part of the growing community of innovation in the region.
“No matter what your particular discipline or future endeavours, these will be great if greatly pursued,” said Schlegel during his address. “May you continue to prepare, and then prepare some more throughout your entire life, as you travel beyond your formal college days. And may you remain simple enough in order to recognize the many opportunities that will come your way.”
The ceremony, and Schlegel’s address, are available for viewing online.
More than 4,200 new Conestoga graduates will be recognized over seven ceremonies held at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener from June 8 through June 11.