June 23, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Public Relations students dazzle the industry at ACE Awards
Centennial’s post-grad Public Relations-Corporate Communications students continue the tradition of wowing the industry by collecting three awards at the 2021 ACE Awards organized by the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society on June 15. Students Charmaine Blair, Sarah Heiman, Rebecca Moe and Daisy Johanna Uy took home gold in the Canadian Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Campaign of the Year category for their “The Future of PR Looks Like Us” campaign done in collaboration with the Canadian Council of PR Firms. The same work won a second gold in the Student PR Campaign of the Year (Executed) category.
That this group of students, under the tutelage of professor Donna Lindell, won gold in the general category means they were competing against the best agencies and PR departments in Toronto – a colossal win for Centennial! Additionally, students Janielle Downer, Halli Gallo, Nathaniel Glassman and Vanessa Tolentino received a silver medal for “Covid Conversations” in the Student PR Campaign of the Year (Executed) category. “This is a tremendous achievement for our students and reflects a lot of work Donna has being leading in the program in diversity, equity and inclusion,” Chair Barry Waite of the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design wrote in a congratulatory email. Applause, applause!
Scarborough Hero Award winners announced
In a global emergency, not all heroes wear capes. Some wear scrubs and layers of personal protective equipment. Some give hours each week to get meals to families in need, or bring computers to kids who need them for online learning. These are the acts of everyday heroes who have gone above and beyond to serve Scarborough residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. And these are the winners of the Scarborough Hero Awards:
- Seema David – Community Action and Service Hero Award
- Theresa Pastore – Education Hero Award
- Lucas Denov – Environmental Hero Award
- KGO Grassroots Leaders – Good Neighbour Hero Award
- TAIBU Community Health Centre – Outstanding Organization Hero Award
- Emily Power – Outstanding Youth Leader Hero Award
- Dr. Hilda Lim (with loving dedication to Emily Lim) – Health Hero Award
- Dr. Reena Lovinsky – Health Hero Award
- Dr. Abdel Belhaj – Health Hero Award
- Dru Ann Skeates – Health Hero Award
- Katrina Studeny – Health Hero Award
- Dr. Lisa Salamon – Health Hero Award
“The commitment they have shown to their neighbours and community is extraordinary and, because of their efforts, thousands of people in Scarborough have been helped and supported throughout the pandemic,” President Craig Stephenson stated on behalf of the leaders of the Scarborough Anchor Institutions. More than 250 nominations were submitted by colleagues, family members and friends. Leaders of the Anchor Institutions compiled a shortlist, and winners were selected by a jury of city councillors and community organizations from Scarborough. For more details about the contributions each Scarborough Hero Award winner has made, please visit www.ScarbTOhero.com.
Indigenous Marketplace offers unique products for sale
The Place of Reconciliation for All Our Relations, Solv and the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion have come together to host Centennial College’s first Virtual Indigenous Marketplace. In celebration of National Indigenous History Month, the Marketplace features more than 25 unique Indigenous-owned businesses in fashion, food, art and more. From purchasing handmade items to following businesses on social media, the Virtual Indigenous Marketplace offers multiple ways to engage with and support the innovative work of Indigenous entrepreneurs and artisans from across the country. Check out the Virtual Indigenous Marketplace and share the good news with your friends and neighbours.
Dora Awards recognize Centennial graduate and PAC member
The Dora Awards were announced on June 16 and Danielle Parris, 2020 graduate of our Arts Management post-graduate program, won the Vic Polley Protege Award given to her by Andrea Vagianos, a program advisory committee (PAC) member and Managing Director of the Tarragon Theatre. Andrea herself went on to receive the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Administration at the same ceremony. Danielle was an excellent student in the program and is now working at Small World Music Festival where a 2018 grad already works and whose executive director, Umair Jaffar, has taught in the program, proving that, indeed, it’s a small world. The annual Dora Awards, produced by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, typically recognize excellence in theatre, dance and opera. With the pandemic keeping venues empty this past year, organizers focused on the Dora Ancillary Awards, which honour theatre professionals in both artistic and administrative roles for their body of work rather than specific performances.
Developing a new gender-affirming resource for children and youth
As we approach the end of Pride Month, Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) and its Centre for Social Innovation Research are pleased to announce a new partnership supporting inclusive sexual health and puberty education. ARIES, the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design and the School of Community and Health Studies are working together with community partners Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (formerly Planned Parenthood Canada) and independent publishing house Flamingo Rampant to develop an interactive, online puberty education resource for trans, intersex and gender-independent youth.
The resource will serve as a safe space for all children and youth, as well as their caregivers, to find crucial, gender-affirming health information that validates the experiences of their bodies. The project team includes Dr. Chris Jackman (Chair, Arts & Design, SCMAD), Dr. Lauren Wolman (Manager, Social Innovation Research) and Dr. Purnima Tyagi (Director, Social Innovation Research), along with professors Pamela Kostur and Sarah Fewson from SCMAD, professor Roya Haghiri-Vijeh from SCHS, and ARIES research associate Majura Maheswaran. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with all areas of the College as we make strides in social innovation and inclusion. For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.