November 30-December 4
November 30-December 4
Update: December 2, 2020
Your Good News Bulletin
Business Professor earns CITT 2020 Mentor of the Year award
Professor Vickie McInnis, Business School faculty and Program Coordinator for the Supply Chain and Logistics Management program cluster, is the recipient of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT) 2020 Mentor of the Year award. The honour is given to a CITT Certified Logistics Professional who “supports the CITT community, who demonstrates typical, sustained commitment to mentoring, who inspires others to grow and succeed professionally, and who makes a significant positive impact on his/her mentees' CITT education and supply chain logistics career.” Professor McInnis is proud to demonstrate mentoring qualities such as the nurturing of intellectual growth and positive role modelling within The Business School. Professor McInnis is also proud of the opportunity to work with Centennial students, and values the contributions her students have made to the future of supply chain logistics. The CITT annual award ceremony was held virtually on November 27.
In related news, Centennial’s Supply Chain Management program has been given official status as a CITT Centre of Excellence in Logistics Learning. The recognition formalizes The Business School’s long-standing and highest partnership level to date with CITT, achieving their gold standard. It differentiates Centennial from the competition and prepares our graduates for a rewarding career in supply chain logistics by embedding CITT’s full suite of industry-lauded logistics courses in our program. Our grads will meet all the academic requirements to apply for the CITT-Certified Logistics Professional® (CCLP) designation. Our faculty have preferred access to instructional and professional development resources, and our institution and program will receive the highest level of promotion and facilitated connection to employers. Students will be invited to an exclusive annual professional networking event, and gain access to professional development and employment resources. Congratulations to the program faculty for all of their hard work and dedication to our students!
CCAA recognizes 23 student athletes as national scholars
The Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) has formally honoured 23 of our Centennial College student athletes as 2019-2020 National Scholar Award recipients. They are among an elite and distinct company of top student athletes from across the country, who have contributed to our varsity sports teams in badminton, basketball, cross-country running, soccer and volleyball. Each of our student athletes has been notified and has received their CCAA National Scholar Award certificate. To view the list of winning Centennial student athletes, please go to the CCAA website and scroll down to the provincial OCAA list. We will also be publishing all of the Centennial Colts National Scholar Award recipients’ names on the Centennial Colts website, along with promotion on our social media channels.
Solv. newsletter promotes engagement opportunities with industry
As part of our commitment to supporting our industry partners, the Solv. service produces a regular newsletter dedicated to keeping them up to date with the exciting activities and opportunities for engagement at Centennial. Making it further valuable, we also share handpicked grants and funding opportunities currently available, along with a section for targeted insights, research reports, professional development opportunities, and other interesting reads curated especially to navigate complex issues and support businesses through these unprecedented times. The November edition focused on the Giving Tuesday appeal with a call out for donations to the Student Emergency fund. We informed partners about our skilled students ready for Winter 2021 placement opportunities, and invited them to engage with the college through the upcoming Black Mentorship Initiative. We welcome you to check out the November issue here! If you have any information you would like to share with our industry partners, please feel free to reach out to Solv. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Coat Drive in support of disadvantaged families
Melanie Richardson, Coordinator, Cooperative Education, organized a coat drive in her community of Whitby, believing there’s a need for winter coats by financially disadvantaged families living in the Durham region. Melanie collected, washed and individually bagged coats ready for distribution to clients. When her colleague, Adrianne Matthews, heard what she was up to on her Fridays off, Adrianne also took a vacation day to join her at a local laundromat to wash 200 coats. To support Melanie in this endeavor, a local Real Canadian Superstore and Walmart donated hangers, Centennial’s Event Centre loaned a coat rack, and The Missing Sock Laundromat in Oshawa donated their facility for a day of free, unlimited coat washing.
What was originally intended as a two-week local project quickly expanded beyond Melanie’s community with gently used coat donations coming in from Ajax, Pickering, Scarborough and North York over six weeks. The original goal of 500 coats quickly turned into 1,000 coats collected, cleaned and distributed to community members in need. To date 600 coats have been distributed to clients accessing a food bank and other Durham agencies. Another 200 coats have been donated to a group who is collecting coats for a northern Indigenous community, and the remaining 200 have been collected for Durham’s Dignity for the Homeless. Congratulations, Melanie!
Giving Tuesday appeal shines light on Student Emergency Fund
To help address the urgent needs of Centennial students facing housing and food security challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement launched its Student Emergency Fund. All donations to the fund during the Giving Tuesday appeal will be matched by the college dollar-for-dollar to a maximum of $25,000. Centennial has the largest proportion of students in the province requiring OSAP financial assistance at 93.5 per cent – 16 per cent higher than the Ontario average. The year 2020 marks the third year that Centennial is participating in GivingTuesday, part of its mission to support students in challenging times.
Prior to the pandemic, a significant percentage of Centennial students were already struggling to access adequate food and maintain safe, stable housing. Since the start of the pandemic these challenges have only been exacerbated. In addition to seeking donations to the Student Emergency Fund, Centennial is joining the Giving Tuesday Toronto campaign by asking the community to participate in the “Love Notes to Centennial Students” social media campaign. Participants can share a message of hope and inspiration on social media using the hashtags #CentennialGives, #torontogives and #givingtuesdayca. The appeal got some traction as part of a media roundup of Giving Tuesday stories this week.