NC’s top student to receive Governor General’s medal

Elizabeth Maingot, a mother of two and active volunteer from St. Catharines, will receive the Governor General’s Academic Medal next week as Niagara College’s top student.

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Maingot will graduate from the Educational Assistant – Special Needs Support program on Tuesday, June 19 with an overall academic average of 97 percent. Over the course of her studies, she has completed a work term in the Special Education department of Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, and she currently volunteers in a high school setting. She looks forward to working within the educational system, and plans to pursue part-time studies towards  a bachelor’s degree.

“Making a positive impact in the lives of others is very important to me, and I can do this with greater confidence now, thanks to the skills and training I received in my program,” she said. “My family has been instrumental in helping me achieve my educational goals. I’m also very thankful to my professors at Niagara College.”

Maingot came to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago in 1992, settling in St. Catharines where she and her husband have raised two children. She has been an volunteer with St. Denis and St. Alfred’s churches, the Cathedral of St. Catherines of Alexandria and the Canadian Martyrs Catholic School. Maingot decided to return to  school after her children entered their teen years, and was accepted into Niagara College’s Educational Assistant – Special Needs Support program in January 2011.

The Governor General’s Academic Medal was established by Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation to encourage academic excellence across the nation. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, approved college or university program.

Maingot will receive her medal during convocation ceremonies at 10 a.m. , Tuesday June 19. More than 3,000 graduates will receive diplomas, degrees and certificiates during Niagara College’s Spring Convocation Ceremonies June 19-22.

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