Update: September 23, 2020, 3:31 PM
Your Good News Bulletin
Global Goals Week set to spark innovation
Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) is participating in the United Nations Global Goals Week (September 18–26) and aligning our entrepreneurship activity with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as part of a worldwide effort to spark innovation. Our week-long social media campaign kicked off our “Global Goals Jam” online event, focused on mobilizing youth in social entrepreneurship activities and making meaningful impact in their communities.
Last April, Centennial students joined hundreds of participants across Canada to develop innovative solutions to challenges posed by COVID-19 as part of the Techstars Global Startup Weekend event held simultaneously in 60 countries. Among the winning ideas created that weekend were: Rest Assured, an app to connect COVID-19 hospital patients to a family; Pharos, a business venture to address domestic abuse during the pandemic; and Travel Bot, an app to provide alerts for post-COVID-19 travel.
Progress Campus to host Ribfest this weekend, Sept. 26-27
The 19th annual Scarborough Ribfest is the ultimate event for all the best BBQ in the city – now retooled so it’s safe while social distancing. This year’s participants can enjoy Scarborough Ribfest in “drive-thru” form by coming to Progress Campus this Saturday and Sunday between 11 am and 8 pm to pick up ribs from the comfort and safety of their vehicles. Featured vendors include the tasty eats of award-winning ribbers Billy Bones BBQ, Camp 31, Oklahoma Pistol Pete’s and Silver Bullet BBQ. Plus extra fixings from Colossal Onion, Tiny Tom’s Donuts, Ontario Corn Roasters and Funnel Cake Express. Check out all the great event details here. Open to the general public, but please remember to bring your car!
CCSAI steps up to assist students during the pandemic
Since he was elected President of the Centennial College Student Association (CCSAI) in May, Taranjeet Singh has been working hard to advocate for our full- and part-time students during the COVID-19 crisis. That’s meant everything from organizing a series of informational webinars to ensuring CCSAI staff at our five campuses have everything they need to continue helping students navigate through these challenging times. It’s also meant leading the CCSAI’s decision to donate $201,920 in support of Centennial’s COVID-19 Relief Bursary Fund, launched in March to support students who have been hit hard by the financial impacts of the pandemic. The generous gift is a symbolic nod to the CCSAI’s 2019 and 2020 Boards, each of which has played a critical role in advocating for students since the coronavirus began making its way around the world. Read the full story.
Retiree Marvin Gord walks to raise $1 million
Retired Centennial College professor Marvin Gord has garnered media attention for his dogged determination to raise $1 million for the Baycrest Foundation, a charity that provides medical equipment and treatment for senior citizens. He intends to take one million steps between now and his 100th birthday on December 31 for the worthy cause. The Second World War vet was inspired by British war veteran Tom Moore, who raised more than $40 million for charity by completing 100 laps around his garden before his 100th birthday. Like Tom, Marvin uses a wheeled walker to rack up the miles to the tune of 20 (32 km) per week. See the CTV story here.
English instructor publishes her first e-book
Catherine Raine, who works as an ESL instructor as well as a tutor in the Centre for Academic English, has just completed her first book, Visualizations for Heartbreak. It provides a series of illustrated meditations helpful to anyone seeking comfort after a deep loss. A prolific writer, photographer and artist, Catherine has put her work on display on her website. The e-book is available for $10 by contacting the author at email@example.com.