January 6, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
CCSAI Food Bank to offer curbside pickup
The Centennial College Student Association Inc. (CCSAI) is opening a brand-new Food Bank service with curbside pickup beginning January 18. The service is a member food bank of the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank and will furnish Centennial College students and community members with emergency food hampers. Registration and appointments will be coordinated online. The need for food security, and food banks specifically, has grown significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic and Centennial students are among the most impacted. The service will provide students with a food resource right on campus, where they can safely pick up healthy food that contributes to a balanced diet. There is enough to worry about in post-secondary studies; wondering when and where your next meal will come from shouldn’t be one of them. Stay tuned to CCSAI social media and their website for updates, including information on how students can register.
Calling for collaborators for Black History Month
February 2021 marks the 24th annual Black History Month in Canada – legislated recognition that was championed by Jean Augustine, the first Black woman elected to the Parliament of Canada. It’s an opportunity to engage the Centennial community in honouring the diverse lived experiences, histories, contributions and achievements of Black Canadians and people of the African diaspora. Although the initiatives may look different in 2021 due to the pandemic, we look forward to virtual celebrations and dialogues coordinated by a network of collaborators at the College. There are opportunities to be involved with coordinating these initiatives, such as event planning. Members of the Centennial community are welcome to propose and lead an initiative with support provided. Interested in getting involved? Please email Silvia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
English department launches COMM Dialogues journal
It’s a new year and Centennial’s English and ESL department is launching an all-new publication. COMM Dialogues is an open-access journal that will be published twice a year with fall and spring editions. The goal is to share best practices, build community and provide professional growth opportunities in the English and ESL department. Journal content is created by and for English and ESL faculty. Articles featured in the inaugural issue include Advancements in Educational Technology, Building Community in a College Setting and Multilingual Self. Please consider sharing your own thoughts, best practices, recent research projects and literary pieces. COMM Dialogues will be circulated in hard-copy format within the department to all campuses, and to all College faculty in an online format.
Journalism students garner attention with their work
One of the very first programs Centennial College offered when we opened our doors in 1966 was journalism. It proved to be a growing career field over the decades, so much so that Centennial has forged a reputation for turning out skilled journalists. The tradition continues to this day, with two Centennial students earning significant attention this week. Morgan Lightle's feature story just got published in the National Post. It challenges the notion that disaster-filled 2020 is a year to forget; instead, Morgan points out that there are numerous efforts to document life during the COVID-19 pandemic for future generations to dissect and analyze. Student Akash Sidhu was recognized for his efforts in a different vein. Showing remarkable ingenuity, he managed to fundraise and fill an entire school bus with food donations for the Seva Food Bank in Mississauga. Instead of writing the story, he became the story. Akash was also interviewed on CBC Radio on January 4.