Over ten ceremonies, more than 6,300 Fanshawe College students walk across the stage for their diplomas, certificates, and degrees. Some of them will also receive awards. Graduating TV Broadcasting student Tegan Watson is the 2015 recipient of the R.C. Hamilton Award. The prize is awarded to a student who was heavily involved in the community, and is a positive representation of the college.
Watson participated in events like Relay for Life and CIBC Run for the Cure. She also produced a video for a fundraising bar night at Jack Astor’s downtown, with proceeds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
In her final year of TV Broadcasting, she produced “Bad City” a mini-series about villains who aren’t the best at their job. It was the first five episode event for Fanshawe TV. She said the opportunity helped the campus station apply skills they didn’t have a chance to try in class, and film in areas of London that were new to the team.
“It was my passion, it was something that I loved,” she said of TV broadcasting, “I wanted to give that back to people in the community, as well as at Fanshawe.” She used her skills that she learned in class for community involvement.
Watson participated in events relating to cancer awareness and fundraising for treatment, because she lost a cousin to leukemia. “I couldn’t imagine, if it was a mother losing her son or a daughter, or a father losing their child as well, and I just think that’s something that…everyone has gone through it. Everyone knows someone who has cancer.”
She will receive the award on the morning of June 22nd, when the students from the School of Contemporary Media graduate.