August 11, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
SHN and Centennial celebrate half a million vaccine jabs!
The Scarborough Health Network (SHN) reached a remarkable milestone by delivering half a million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to local residents since March – with Centennial College having a big role in this happy outcome. In a community where 16 of 17 postal codes were designated as COVID-19 hot spots back in April, SHN staged a celebratory jab on July 26 when Dr. Mayo Ravichandiran administered the 500,000th vaccine dose to community resident Karanjeet Singh in the DEL Gym at Progress Campus – itself recognized as the busiest mass vaccination centre in the City of Toronto, having averaged almost 1,500 jabs daily.
The SHN event at the Athletic and Wellness Centre was attended by a number of media outlets, including CP24, Breakfast Television, Global News, CTV, CityNews and Ming Pao Canada (check out the CTV News report). While the vaccine team is celebrating, it’s not slowing down. In addition to our Progress Campus site, community clinics are available at Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association, The Hub (Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities), TAIBU Community Health Centre, and SHN’s Centenary and Birchmount Hospitals. Pop-up and mobile vaccine clinics continue to be held throughout Scarborough, as well.
Facebook panel addresses vaccine myths and concerns
There’s a lot of talk about the COVID-19 vaccine – some of it helpful, some not so much. But how do you know what information is legit, and who you can trust to give you the answers to make an informed decision? “Let’s Talk Vaccines” brought together healthcare professionals and community advocates online to discuss the COVID-19 vaccines, addressing common myths and concerns. Panelists included Birgit Belter, a clinical instructor with Centennial’s Nursing program who worked as a mass vaccinator in York Region this summer, Dr. Mayoorendra Ravichandiran, an SHN emergency physician and lecturer at the University of Toronto, and Lee Soda, the Executive Director of Agincourt Community Services Association, a non-profit agency in the heart of Scarborough. This was a one-time, pre-recorded panel, with questions submitted from the community in advance, featured on Centennial’s Facebook page. Have additional questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? The Scarborough Health Network’s new VaxFacts Clinic connects you with qualified doctors who are ready to listen and help you get the most accurate information at: shn.ca/vaxfacts/.
Meet Oxana Robertson, our new Director of Facilities Planning
A warm welcome to Oxana Robertson, our new Director, Facilities Planning, Sustainability and Project Management. Oxana joins our Facilities and Services team with a solid background in engineering, project management and team leadership acquired in the public and private sectors. She comes to us from the City of Toronto where she worked on sustainability initiatives and managed capital projects. In her last role Oxana led a team to deliver a complex multi-million-dollar capital program to upgrade 300+ city-owned buildings to the most stringent accessibility codes.
Oxana is passionate about a sustainable future. Prior to joining the City, she worked for Alectra, a utility north of Toronto, where she oversaw engineering and construction of renewable generation projects. Oxana holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario (P.Eng.) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). In her spare time Oxana teaches downhill skiing to adults in the winter and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities in the summer.
Culinary professors earn their 15 minutes of fame
Our School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts is doing a great job of getting its professors out in the community and garnering media attention for their advice and views on food and travel. Here are some recent examples.
Chef Professor Joseph Shawana shares a story and his recipe for pine-ashed venison and buttery mushrooms here. “I try and bring as much knowledge and history of what Indigenous food is and what are the stories behind the ingredients,” explains Joseph. “Like how wild rice became a ceremonial food and why we can’t eat berries, like strawberries, at certain times of the year – all of these different teachings and ceremonial rites that are tied into food.” Joseph will be teaching a local, sustainable course that features Indigenous foods this fall.
Professor and Food Tourism Coordinator Patrick McMurray continues to bring experiential learning to the online learning platform last month when he led an online oyster shucking class and was featured in the New York Times. Chef Professor Sally Hildebrandt and Matthew Duffy, Chef Professor and Baking and Pastry Arts Management Coordinator, are both featured in the renowned annual Pastry Arts Summit where 50 of the top pastry and baking professionals created 24 hours of video content, available through an on-demand streaming platform. Anyone can register to receive a free four-day pass at www.pastrysummit.com.