Update: July 8, 2020, 3:33 PM
Your Good News Bulletin
SHTCA students reach out to local restauranteurs
Recognizing that suburban restaurants are often overlooked in promotional programs such as Summerlicious, community leaders see a need to promote food tourism in Scarborough by telling the stories of its diverse cuisines and chefs. To that end, a group of Centennial’s Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management graduate certificate students joined the “FIND Dining” project to build on work already undertaken by University of Toronto Scarborough students and City Councillor Jennifer McKelvie’s office. When the pandemic shutdown hit in March the project immediately pivoted to outreach to help beleaguered restauranteurs.
A small group of Work Integrated Learning students will contribute as “account managers” to connect with Scarborough restaurants, many of which don’t have proper websites, to build awareness of resources available to support e-commerce. Students will provide restauranteurs with information about the ToGoToronto.com website and how to apply, and can link restaurants with digital supports for online shop and website development with the assistance of UTSC computer science students. When the pandemic emergency recedes, the project will refocus on the larger goal of implementing the FIND Dining initiative to put Scarborough eateries front and centre. Read the Scarborough Mirror story for more details.
Virtual Pride Watch Party raises $15,000 for 2SLGBTQQIA+ students
Launched on June 25, our Virtual Pride Watch party raised a grand total of $15,000 for the COVID-19 Relief Bursary, thanks in part to a last-minute donation that brought the sum up to a nice, round number. Donations made during the last week of June will be directed to Centennial 2SLGBTQQIA+ students in financial need. Our sincere thanks to all the donors! The Pride Committee, led by Manny Rodrigues, coordinated a powerful hour of celebration and commemoration featuring messages, resources and entertainment, which had viewers dancing and singing from their living rooms and kitchens. Missed the party? It can still be viewed here. Although the College could not be together in person, the Watch Party provided an opportunity to build community, celebrate and further our commitment to create more inclusive spaces for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (2SLGBTQQIA+) communities. It’s not too late - share your messages of support using #ShowYourPrideCC on social media!
Panamanian students stranded in Toronto receive food donation
Each year Panama graciously hosts many Centennial College Business students through the joint Centennial College and Ciudid del Saber (City of Knowledge) Panama City Faculty Led International Programs (FLIP) initiative. Unfortunately, when the rapid onset of COVID-19 resulted in the closure of international borders, many Panamanian students found themselves stranded in Toronto waiting for flights home. Vickie McInnis, Program Coordinator for the Supply Chain Management – Logistics programs arranged to have hundreds of dollars’ worth of fresh produce, meat and groceries donated by the Aurora Food Pantry to support these students. According to Vickie, “When I was in Panama with students on SCM FLIPs, we were shown the utmost generosity and kindness by the Panamanian people and Ciudid del Saber representatives. It is only fitting to reciprocate in kind.” Shown are Dale McInnis, Vice Chair, Board of Directors of the Aurora Food Pantry, presenting the food donation to the local Panamanian government representative, Maryorie Bravo, Consul General of Panama in Toronto on June 19.
SIER’s Grants Update highlights new COVID-19 supports
Strategic Initiatives and External Relations (SIER) Grants Update helps you stay current with new funding announcements, calls for proposals and other grants-related information from government and other external funders. This Update includes key information about funding opportunities, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic, that are relevant for the College community. The Grants Update page is updated regularly and is part of a larger platform to empower and support the College community in developing successful grant applications and acquiring funding.
Centennial welcomes healthcare workers to Toronto Zoo Safari
Centennial College joined the Scarborough Business Association (SBA), the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Coca Cola, Honda and Earth Rangers in providing an opportunity for frontline healthcare workers from the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) to visit the Toronto Zoo on its reopening day and enjoy the Scenic Safari Adventure. Centennial’s Andrew Petrou (Director, Strategic Initiatives & External Relations) and Manjeet Kang (Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives & External Relations) joined local community and government representatives, including MPP Vijay Thanigasalam, City Councillors Jennifer McKelvie and Paul Ainslie, SHN President Elizabeth Buller and SBA President Andrea Hazell, to welcome the workers and their families to the zoo, and to extend our deep appreciation for their continued service to our community.
Centennial Chef and artists make a splash
Our very own Chef Rodney Bowers has launched his brand-new television show, Double Your Dish, on CTV Life (which is free this month if you are not a subscriber). Rodney and his partner Meredith Shaw, who is a CHUM 104.5 radio and TV personality, are filmed in their home showing us how to make two dishes from one recipe. Check it out every Monday night at 8:30 pm. And yes, you may recognize their gorgeous kitchen as the location of many of Rodney’s instructional videos that he tapes for our students. Take a look at the program information for Double Your Dish or view the program teaser.
Lastly, what do artists do during quarantine? They get their hands dirty! Check out FAS COVID-19 Isolation Art made by a selection of Centennial’s Fine Arts Studio students, grads and faculty. It’s a feast for the eyes. More work will be added over the next month, so watch out for the updated edition coming out later in the summer. Our thanks to Lisa Binnie, Professor and Coordinator of the Fine Arts Studio program at The Story Arts Centre, for drawing our attention to this fine work.