Update: November 11, 2020
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial joins City of Toronto and other institutions to research COVID-19
The governments of Canada, Ontario and the City of Toronto have announced a new partnership model with Toronto’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The pilot program supports COVID-19 recovery research projects engaging Toronto’s four colleges and four universities: Centennial, George Brown, Humber, Seneca, OCAD University, Ryerson, University of Toronto and York. The first eight research projects will examine the association between socio-demographic characteristics and COVID-19 incidence and severity, economic and labour market trends facing the city over the next three to five years, and supply disruption risk for personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement, among other challenges.
“Funding, developing and sustaining a strong network of community and industry research that taps into the individual strengths of Toronto’s creative post-secondary institutions is a clear demonstration of a city on a mission to engage, respond and rejuvenate,” said President Craig Stephenson in a joint media release. “Whether in advanced manufacturing, digital medical technologies, entrepreneurship or social innovation, our colleges have a critical role to play in advancing our understanding of the communities we serve and the industries with whom we partner.” The research projects are being funded by the City and Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation. Toronto's learning institutions are making substantial contributions of faculty and student expertise, with an emphasis on students gaining valuable experience and employment.
Centennial staff meet prospective students virtually as avatars
More than 160 Centennial staff and community members from across the college participated in the Ontario College Virtual Fair on November 4 and 5. This annual event, which usually takes place at the Enercare Centre on the Exhibition grounds, was hosted by all 24 Ontario colleges to connect with prospective students using an online platform that took attendees into a virtual environment. Staff and prospective students built avatars to represent themselves in the virtual environment and then navigated through the Virtual Expo Halls and presentation rooms. Centennial’s Expo Hall was filled with interactive booths for each academic school and key service areas. Graphic images throughout the space were clickable and took prospective students to associated web materials, videos and downloadable print materials. Staff avatars could speak to other avatars using their microphone or use the chatbox for text chat.
Jumpstart your career: Hear what employers have to say
Students are not always aware of what makes them employable. Employability includes having skills, experiences and attitudes that can be developed and demonstrated through co-curricular experiences, part-time work, volunteering and more. Centennial’s Career Services interviewed a panel of employers involved in the business, communications and media, community service, healthcare, engineering technology and transportation sectors to create a new video series that provides students with information and concrete actions to take that will alleviate some of their career worries and increase their sense of agency over their employability. Please let your students know about these helpful videos:
- Get Hired
- Managing Your Career
- Demonstrating Professionalism
- Building Your Leadership Skills
- Maintaining Relationships
- Finding Employment in Challenging Times
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellin Bessner and Canada’s Jewish National Remembrance Day
Journalism professor and author Ellin Bessner has been instrumental in supporting and promoting a special Remembrance Day online ceremony organized for the Jewish community by the Jewish War Veterans of Canada's Toronto Post and B'nai Brith Canada, along with community organizations across the country. The Remembrance Day Commemoration event, which took place earlier today, included participants Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada; the Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence; Norm Gardner, former Toronto City Councillor who served in the Canadian Forces for 10 years, and Ellin Bessner herself. Ellin has been researching and documenting the extraordinary contributions of Jewish Canadian soldiers during the Second World War, culminating in her book, Double Threat. Please see her Global News interview for one such story of a fallen hero.
Introducing AWC Virtually Fit on Instagram Live
We’re all doing our best to stay fit and active during this stressful time. Sometimes, though, the passive online resources and virtual classes may leave us with a lot of questions about what strategies are right for us, or where and how to start. To help with this the Student Association (CCSAI) is launching a new weekly fitness livestream and Q&A hosted by Joshua Delgado, our AWC Fitness Services coordinator. The stream will be a combination of guest interviews/conversations on fitness and nutrition topics, and a live Q&A. Joshua will be talking to experts from the Centennial community to shed more light on strategies to maintain fitness at home, healthy food tips, workspace design and practices that maintain your physical and mental health. It all kicks off on November 11 at 1 pm on the AWC Instagram account @awc.ccsai. The first session: Keeping Fit as a Student During the Pandemic will feature special guest CCSAI President Taranjeet Singh.