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March 21, 2017

NBCC graduate pays it forward in honour of mentor

After graduating from New Brunswick Community College’s (NBCC) Mechanical Technician program, Natasha Maillet knew she wanted to honour the memory of her mentor and encourage other women to pursue their dreams. The Ruth Hamilton Award is presented to a female student studying at NBCC Saint John in the Industrial Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Technician program.

“Ruth supported me through my education. She became a surrogate grandmother to my daughter and was always there when I needed someone to talk to,” said Maillet. “She was always encouraging and supportive of me as a working, single mother pursuing my education.”

This year, Maillet presented the Ruth Hamilton Award to Meaghan Bullock who is studying in the Mechanical Technician at NBCC Saint John Campus.

“Ruth was a strong independent woman and this award is meant to keep her memory alive and continue to encourage other women to pursue their dreams and become strong and independent as well,” said Maillet.

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With over 90 programs and six campuses across New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is a provincially-recognized, public post-secondary institution reputed for producing skilled, knowledgeable graduates who are contributing to the Province’s socio-economic prosperity. NBCC offers students one- and two-year certificate and diploma programs. Find out more by visiting:

Ruth Hamilton Award

NBCC graduate Natasha Maillet (right) presents the Ruth Hamilton Award to Meaghan Bullock, a Mechanical Technician student at NBCC Saint John Campus.

For more information or hi-res photography:
Heather Allaby
Community & Government, Relations Advisor, NBCC
506.444.3320 |