When MPP Rick Bartolucci first found out he would be receiving an honorary doctorate of sacred letters from Huntington University, he said he felt humbled.
The recognition “transcends politics. I couldn’t think of a bigger honour in my life career,” the veteran policitian said Oct. 17.
Bartolucci, who was a teacher for 31 years before entering the political arena, said he has always been passionate about education.
Kevin McCormick, Huntington president and vice-chancellor, said the aim is to recognize and thank local leaders for a lifetime of public work.
“It is the highest honour we can bestow,” McCormick said, adding honouring Bartolucci “(recognizes) decades of selfless dedication as an educator as a politician and as a community leader.”
Bartolucci downplayed his role, saying his achievements — mentioning enhanced funding for education and policing, the Laurentian School of Architecture and the four-laning of Highway 69 — were the result of strong partnerships.
“Strong partnerships bring about substantial and sustainable change,” said Bartolucci.
He added he will continue to act as an advocate for the completion of Highway 69, job creation, education, and health care in the community.
Shannon O'Connor is a freelance writer in Greater Sudbury.