Honorary Diplomas

NSCC is pleased to award Honorary Diplomas to these outstanding individuals who demonstrate true leadership in their field and community.

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield, OOnt MSC CD RMC
School of Trades & Technology | Annapolis Valley Campus

During his five-month mission, Canada's first Commander of the International Space Station (ISS), Chris Hadfield captivated hundreds of thousands of followers by tweeting stunning images of our world. COGS students and faculty were inspired to turn these images into an instructional learning project, mapping Colonel Hadfield's tweets as he orbited the globe.

Colonel Hadfield is a civilian Canada Space Agency (CSA) astronaut, having retired as a Colonel from the Canadian Air Force in 2003 after 25 years of military service. He has been with the CSA and NASA since 1992. His work with the space program includes a long list of Canadian firsts: the first to fly as mission specialist; the first to operate the Canadarm in orbit, the only Canadian to ever board Mir and the first to ever leave a spacecraft and float freely in space. When on Earth, Colonel Hadfield and his wife, Helene – proud parents of three children – live in Milton, ON.


Les MacIntyre
School of Trades & Technology | Strait Area Campus

Growing up in Port Hawkesbury, Les MacIntyre spent his childhood on the shores of the Strait where he fished with his grandfather, played on rafts, built boats from Popular Mechanics designs and fished lobster during high school. Decades later, Mr. MacIntyre continues to spend his days on the Strait building boats, only now he's the owner of one of the region's largest companies, Superport Marine Services Limited of Port Hawkesbury.

After completing his economics degree at St. Francis Xavier and Law School at Dalhousie University, Mr. MacIntyre headed off to sea for a seven-year stint travelling the world on one of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty research vessels. He went on to achieve a Master Mariner's accreditation. In 1989, Mr. MacIntyre along with his wife, Susan, purchased Superport Marine Services. In 2006, the couple purchased McGregor GeoScience Limited of Halifax, an oceanographic research company. Today, they run the largest oceanographic private sector group in Canada. Les and Susan are the proud parents of three grown children and all three are involved in the family business.


Glenda Talbot-Richards
School of Health & Human Services | Truro Campus

As a lifelong educator, Glenda Talbot-Richards is guided by two fundamental imperatives in her life: her unqualified love for family and a caring compassion for community. Born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia, Ms. Talbot-Richards graduated from Truro Senior High before going on to study at Dalhousie University and Saint Mary's University. During her studies, she discovered a real passion for her community and wanted to find a way to make a difference choosing to become a teacher.

Over her career, Ms. Talbot-Richards has been a trailblazer in her community, locally and provincially. Her belief in the importance of educational opportunities inspired her to take on the role of Regional Educator for the Black Learners Advisory Committee and as a Coordinator of Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Rights for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board and serve as a member of the Truro Black Education Committee. In 2012, she was elected as a School Board Member for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Beyond her love for enriching lives through education, she takes great joy in spending time with her husband, three adult children and her large extended family.

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