April 22, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Canada opens door to international graduates to stay
Last November the federal government announced a target of 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021 as part of its national immigration plan. In light of the challenges of admitting new permanent residents during the pandemic, Ottawa chose to consider temporary residents already in Canada who could contribute to economic immigration objectives, many of them recent graduates of Canadian colleges and universities. These foreign nationals are already working in Canada and are contributing to the labour market, consistent with the goals of Canada’s economic immigration programming.
Many of Centennial’s international students will qualify for the new program if they have graduated after January 2017 – or are about to graduate – and they’re employed. The program, one of six established by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, is scheduled to open on May 6 and close on November 5. Key eligibility criteria include having a Canadian degree, diploma, certificate or attestation leading to a recognized skilled trade; working in Canada at the time of application; official language proficiency; and, present in Canada at the time of application. Centennial has already been inundated with information requests, and departments are working diligently to prepare the necessary documentation required by IRCC.
Centennial receives donations from Corus and Bell
Despite the hardships introduced by the pandemic, Centennial College donors have raised $1.9 million for student bursaries and awards over the past year, virtually doubling our original goal. And the momentum continues. Our Office of Development and Alumni Engagement has just secured a $55,000 donation from Global News (part of Corus Entertainment) to establish a $25,000 endowment and award $30,000 in scholarships in support of Black students enrolled in our Journalism program. Each scholarship is worth $2,500 and is renewable each year of the three-year program. Recipients will have opportunities to be mentored throughout their studies by seasoned Black journalists at Global News.
Bell Let’s Talk is awarding more than $3 million in funding to support activities aligned with the voluntary National Standard of Canada for Mental and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students. The money will be shared equally among 123 post-secondary institutions across Canada, including Centennial, with each receiving a $25,000 “kickoff” grant. The next phase of funding is for institutions that have used the Standard to identify gaps in their mental health supports and services to help them create new initiatives to address them. More details outlining the second phase of the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund will be available in June.
Library relaunches ‘Grab and Go’ service for new semester
While on hiatus over the winter semester, the Grab & Go Library Pick-up service will return to all five campuses in May. Students and staff can begin placing holds on items to borrow through the library website. Once your item is available, you will receive an email inviting you to book an appointment to pick up your item. Library books currently checked out can be returned any day of the week between 7 am and 7 pm using the library drop boxes located at the entrance of each campus. If you have questions, live Library support is available through online chat, email or phone, or watch the video to learn more about the service.
Nominate a graduate for our Alumnus of Distinction Award
Many Centennial alumni have gone on to achieve a high level of career success and do remarkable things for their community. The Centennial College Alumni Association recognizes these achievements each year by presenting an Alumnus of Distinction Award to one graduate of each School, a recent graduate and an international alumnus. If you know of a graduate who is deserving of recognition, please take the time to complete a nomination form, secure the nominee’s signature and photo, and submit the completed package to the Alumni Association by May 21. To qualify, candidates must have completed a Centennial post-secondary program and donated their spare time to charities, non-profit or community organizations, or to the College. Start your submission by accessing the Alumnus of Disctinction Nomination Package.
As noted by President Craig Stephenson last week, the 2020-21 Student Awards Celebration on April 7 recognized the resilience and unwavering spirit of our students, as well as the generosity of our donors who helped to underpin their success. College donors, made up of alumni, colleagues, retirees, community organizations and corporations, have donated $1,896,575 for scholarships and COVID Relief bursaries. This is a record amount, demonstrating the support within our community and the power of our village! If you’d like to watch the online presentation of this year’s Student Awards Celebration, you can view it here.
Marketing manager pens children’s book
Digital Marketing Manager Chris Jardine and his partner Rachael have always shared a desire for adventure, so much so that they moved to Costa Rica nine years ago to teach English and sample a different way of life. The colourful setting inspired an idea for a children’s book, but set it aside until they found more time to shepherd it through the publishing process. With the pandemic keeping them home last year, it was the ideal time to bring their book to life. Using Upwork to connect with other creative people, they found their illustrator in Ukraine and together crafted the storybook, entitled Hairy Back Jack and the Three Little Hairs. It’s a rhyming, humorous, whimsical story about a man who is struggling to be a better person. Their book, published by Friesen Press, is available through most online retailers and select bookstores. Curious? You can view the book here.
In the news…
CTV News Channel interviewed faculty member Philip Semple, Coordinator of Centennial’s Police Foundation program, to explore the issue of expanded powers given to police to randomly stop and question citizens in an attempt to curtail needless travel during the pandemic lockdown. Philip was able to tactfully articulate why police forces around Ontario declined the government’s wishes due to a lack of public buy-in making the new rules difficult to enforce. You can watch the interview here.
Centennial’s Chef Matthew James Duffy was asked recently by the Toronto Star to divulge some of his favourite desserts available at bakeries in and around Toronto. Matthew did not disappoint. Check out this scrumptious list of his five favourite sweet treats available for takeout.
Birgit Umaigba, a Clinical Instructor in the School of Community and Health Studies at Morningside Campus, was a guest on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin on Tuesday discussing the challenges of caring for COVID-19 patients in an overloaded intensive care unit (ICU) in a Toronto hospital. She described the low morale among ICU nurses and resources stretched thin. You can view her remarks here. Birgit has also spoken to the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Al Jazeera, CTV, CP24, CBC and Global News.