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Portraits celebrate college's current, past leadership

President hopes the images will inspire students 'to achieve their own place in history'
Northern College past president Fred Gibbons and current president Audrey Penner unveil the portraits o the past presidents of the school at the Porcupine campus.

A local college is celebrating its past with a new installation at all of its campuses. 

Northern College is honouring its leadership by displaying portraits of its current and past leadership at the four campuses. 

The portraits were unveiled at the Porcupine campus this week.

“We hope that through showing our students and employees glimpses into our history, the journey we have taken, and the faces of those who led us here, they are inspired to achieve their own place in history,” said Audrey Penner, current president and CEO, in a news release. “You do not know where you are going unless you know where you have been.”

Founded in 1967, there have been eight presidents at the school — O.E. Walli, J.H. Drysdale, Richard G.A. Mackie, Robert Gervais, Noella McNair, Michael Hill,  Fred Gibbons and Penner.

“Education inherently draws on lessons learned in the past,” said chief cultural officer Susan Hunter. “We determine our path forward through those lessons, placing focus on the things that may not have been possible in the past, knowing that this may be the time to make those dreams come true now.”