April 7, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Smudging Ceremony welcomes Indigenous community to vaccine clinic
On April 5 Centennial College, led by Seán Kinsella, Director the Eighth Fire, partnered with Scarborough Health Network, Native Child and Family Services and TAIBU to facilitate a Smudging Ceremony with Suzanne Smoke of Alderville First Nation at the Athletic and Wellness Centre at Progress Campus. Smudging is a practice that members of many Indigenous Nations and cultures engage in prior to beginning a ceremony or to open spaces, and is often accompanied by other traditional practices including singing and drumming. The ceremony, which was attended by President Craig Stephenson, was intended to help Indigenous community members feel more welcome at the SHN Vaccination Clinic. The ceremony was accompanied by specific drop-in hours for Indigenous community members to increase access and reduce barriers for community members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Scarborough has a significant Indigenous population living in neighbourhoods in close proximity to Progress Campus.
SONAMI soars with Centennial as new member addition
On April 1 Centennial College became the newest member of the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI), a Niagara College-led consortium of post-secondary academic institutions that provides innovative solutions to Ontario’s manufacturers. As a member Centennial is now among eight institutions that can pool their resources to match the needs of small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in various industries, giving them access to cutting-edge technologies, knowledge and funding.
Centennial has been a leader in aviation for more than 50 years, and the addition of Centennial’s Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) to SONAMI expands the network's capacity to support Ontario's vital aerospace and aviation industries. Inclusion in the network will also result in new opportunities for student researchers to work alongside our staff and industry partners on real-world projects, gaining essential employment and leadership skills. In addition to Centennial and Niagara College, the network includes: Conestoga, Fanshawe, Lambton, Mohawk and Sheridan colleges, as well as McMaster University. Read the full announcement.
Downsview Campus design wins international merit
MJMA, the architecture firm that led the rejuvenation of the historic de Havilland of Canada building that now serves as Centennial’s Downsview Campus, is the winner of a Merit Award from the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) for its work at the site. This international award represents the high-water mark for environmental graphic design, notes Robert Allen, one of the firm’s partners. MJMA has also submitted its campus design to the Toronto Urban Design Awards, the winners of which will be announced in September.
Centennial students among media award finalists
The annual Emerge Media Awards (EMAs), sponsored by the University of Guelph-Humber, has named the 2021 finalists from post-secondary institutions across Canada – and four Centennial students are on the short list. The EMAs received submissions this year from 26 colleges and universities from coast to coast. Among the works that are being considered are two projects by students at Centennial’s Story Arts Centre. Meredith Omstead and Akrit Michael are finalists in the Audio Storytelling category for their project entitled InChoir T.O., and Lukas Weese and Kaj Larsen were short-listed in the Video Short category for their project Keep bringing it: A video feature on Sportsnet’s Donnovan Bennett. The Emerge awards, established in 2015, showcases the achievements of journalism, photography, videography, audio storytelling, graphic design and public relations students in Canada. All of the finalists’ work can be viewed at the EMAs website. The first- and second-place winners in each of 13 categories will be announced on April 14.
Progress Campus vaccine clinic is getting a lot of love
As mentioned previously, the SHN Vaccination Clinic at Progress Campus has been very successful in delivering much-needed COVID-19 vaccines to eligible Scarborough residents in a safe and welcoming environment, thanks to the assistance of the Centennial College Student Association, which owns and operates the Athletic and Wellness Centre. While praise for the facility and the volunteers has been widespread and even featured in the media, we were struck by the following email that was sent to us by local resident Mr. Leslie D. Mellor: “Recently I had my first dose of COVID vaccine at your college and I want to congratulate you on the very good organization and ease of the process. I mention “ease” because I am 101 years old and wheelchair-bound. You even had wandering bodies ready and able to help and answer questions – an excellent idea. I will be visiting you again for my second dose reassured that I can rely on the speed and efficiency. Yours sincerely.” Heartfelt praise, indeed!