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September 2, 2021

Your Good News Bulletin

2022 Scarborough Walk of Fame is seeking nominations

The 2022 Scarborough Walk of Fame (SWOF) awards program is once again looking for nominees who have achieved a high degree of excellence in their field and who serve as a role model for future leaders. SIER is representing Centennial College as a partner in planning the 2022 Scarborough Walk of Fame initiative. Nominees are being sought in a number of categories, including Arts and Culture, Business, Community, Education, Entertainment, Health and Science, Environment and Sports. There’s also a recently added Rising Star Award category to recognize a young person aged 16 to 25 years who has demonstrated leadership and significant community engagement. Winners will be recognized with a permanent star in the Walk of Fame installed at the Scarborough Town Centre.

The last SWOF awards ceremony in 2018, hosted by Centennial’s Event Centre, saw former President Ann Buller inducted, along with Bruce Kidd, retired Principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough, Andy Donato, the long-time Toronto Sun editorial cartoonist, and recording artist Kardinal Offishall, among other Scarboroughites. Candidates need not live in the community, but must have been born in or have spent their formative years in Scarborough. The bi-annual awards were not held in 2020 due to the pandemic. The deadline for nominations is October 15, with the winners announced next spring. Check out the SWOF nominations webpage for all the details. Think about nominating a colleague or student!

EAP faculty donate books to Second Bind

To prepare for office renovations at Ashtonbee Campus, the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) faculty sifted through hundreds of supplementary resources that had accumulated over the years and ended up filling eight large cartons with books identified for recycling. An organization called Second Bind, whose main goal is to save the planet by planting as many trees as possible, received our textbooks and will redirect them where they can be used again. The Academic Upgrading programs contributed their unwanted texts as part of the donation, as well. Since 2010, Second Bind has recycled donated books for use in hospitals, libraries and charities, while others are shipped to countries in Africa.

PR students continue to impress the industry

Students in Centennial’s Public Relations – Corporate Communications graduate certificate program continue to dazzle the industry with their high-profile projects that are garnering attention well beyond the GTA. Professor Donna Lindell’s students have been working for client Communicator’s Collective – led by Cam Gordon of Twitter, and a Centennial alumnus – as part of a Storyworks contract. Storyworks offers PR students the opportunity to work with corporate clients on industry projects, providing them with real-world experiential learning. The students wrote two articles for the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) newsletter, the industry touchstone, and created a podcast. In this example, the students outline nine action items to advance an organization’s Indigenous relations. The client has been thrilled with the results.

Chef Matthew Duffy masters TikTok outreach

Not to be outdone by our fabulous public relations students, professor and Chef Matthew Duffy has garnered more than 100,000 subscribers to date on his TikTok Channel SourdoughDuffy! He uses TikTok to share his various spins on viral food trends (but make it sourdough, please), records sourdough baking tutorials from Centennial’s baking labs where he shows off our facilities, and participates in trends that allow our current and perspective students interested in becoming a professional chef to get to know more about him and his career path. Check out this example. Given our current efforts to encourage faculty/program participation on TikTok, we’d have to say Chef Duffy is cooking (er, baking) with gas!