Update: June 11, 2020, 8:44 AM
Your Good News Bulletin
Canada Post makes a special delivery to Ashtonbee Campus
Canada Post has made a special delivery to the School of Transportation in the form of two donated Navistar eStar electric delivery vans, which students will use to familiarize themselves with electric drivetrains as part of their skills training. The former mail trucks were retired after being in service in British Columbia since 2011, and have gained a second life by joining Centennial’s fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) housed at Ashtonbee Campus. The electric vans join several other EV acquisitions by the college, including an Orion hybrid city bus donated by the Toronto Transit Commission, a hybrid-fuel Ford C-Max automobile and a fully electric Chevrolet Bolt hatchback. Canada Post also will be donating two Ford Transit Connect electric vans in the near future. Together, the vehicles populate the school’s new Electric Vehicle Lab in the former Ashtonbee Hangar. Read the full story here.
Volunteer team prepare Welcome packages for new students
While practicing social distancing, the Co-Curricular Student Learning and Development (CCSLD) staff were on campus recently assembling welcome packages for new Centennial students. The team prepared 250 coordinated welcome packages that will be mailed out to domestic and international students. The packages include a welcome postcard from President Craig Stephenson, as well as swag items from CCSLD, International, Athletics and Recreation, GCEI and the Student Experience Office. The packages are offered to any new student that attended a START Smart, Orientation, Pre-Advising and the International Transition-in program.
Centennial partners with Global Medic to provide hygiene kits
Members of the Centennial community worked with the City of Toronto and GlobalMedic to provide personal hygiene kits to our students living in residence. In a joint effort by the Student Success Portfolio, College Services and Centennial Place, 200 kits were acquired from GlobalMedic and distributed to students residing at Progress Campus. The kits were produced by GlobalMedic in partnership with Procter & Gamble to support community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each kit contains full-size hygiene items such as shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste. Centennial was invited by the City of Toronto to access some of the kits for our students. The David McAntony Gibson Foundation, which operates as GlobalMedic, is a registered Canadian charity with a mandate to save lives by providing short-term, rapid response in the wake of disasters and crises both at home and abroad.
Centennial alumni The Johnnys release a new album
The Johnnys is a high energy rock ’n’ roll powerhouse of a group that creates music that delivers an important message. Their fourth album, Leathers and Feathers, has just been released and includes eight songs that are not only catchy, but also explore critical topics that often reflect an Indigenous lens within the lyrics. Remarkably, their core members, Dave Johnny, Veronica Johnny, Valentina Morelli and Britney Jones all happen to be Centennial alumni. Read their unique story!
First-year photography student wins national recognition
Martha Lopez, a first-year student of Centennial’s Photography program at the Story Arts Centre, took third prize in the photography category of the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators’ latest “Rodeo” student contest. CAPIC received an exceptional number of impressive entries from students from across Canada this year. Centennial is no stranger to the awards; photography student Van Habon collected a first-place win last year. See the top three winners in both the Illustration and Photography categories, including Martha’s striking portrait photo.
Not to be outdone, Game Art student Dong-Hoon Choi is the 3D Art category winner of the Ubisoft Toronto "NEXT" Challenge, selected out of more than 250 prospective hopefuls with some outstanding work that impressed the Ubisoft judges. In addition, Story Arts Centre students Ashutosh Chawla earned second place in the Animation category, while Robin Vandenbrande got a solid third-place finish in the Programming category. Ubisoft is one of the world’s leading videogame companies with studios in Montreal and Toronto. View all of the winners’ work here.
Update: June 8, 2020, 2:45 PM
2020-21 OCAA Varsity Athletic Fall season suspended
The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) and all of the member colleges have made the collective decision to suspend the varsity schedule for the 2020 Fall semester. Unfortunately, it means all of our Centennial Colts sports teams will not be playing this fall.
The decision was made to further reduce the potential exposure to COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of everyone involved in varsity sports, particularly our student athletes, coaches, athletic staff and spectators. The suspension of the Fall varsity schedule is also due to member colleges following a hybrid teaching model that will see a minimal number of students and staff on campus.
For the 2021 Winter semester, basketball, volleyball, badminton, curling and indoor soccer are currently slated to continue with a reduced schedule. The OCAA will monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and make a decision in October on the status of the Winter 2021 schedule.
We know this is disappointing news for those of you who are fans of our varsity sports teams. Varsity sports is an important part of the overall campus experience. It was a difficult decision, but the right one to make. The health and safety of our Centennial community is our top priority. To our athletes and employees who are affected by this decision, we are here to support you.
We look forward to a full resumption of varsity sports here on campus as soon as we are able. And please cheer on our varsity athletes who are scheduled to compete during the Winter semester.
For more information, you can visit the OCAA website at www.ocaa.com.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Lisa White, MBA
Acting, Dean of Students, Centennial College
Update: June 8, 2020, 12:20 PM
Monday Message from Craig Stephenson, President and CEO
Dear Centennial Community Members,
In one of my early May President’s Listening Tour sessions, a team member suggested we capture our COVID-19-related journey, past, present and future, in an infographic. Along with many other ideas shared that day and since, I have taken the idea to heart and here it is, an infographic constituting my Monday Message!
Where sentences and paragraphs once stood are now illustrations, icons and key bullets. I hope you welcome the novel approach and take satisfaction in a job well done – knowing that you have contributed, for example, to the creation of more than 20 online programs this summer (with more than 10 additional online programs on the way), ensuring the return of over 5,500 domestic and international students and enrolling close to one thousand new students. That your work in that first month of transition delivered significant dividends in the eyes of our students, 95 per cent of whom surveyed felt our response was effective! We have witnessed a 75% increase in Distinctions in Leadership that will be awarded to students compared to this time last year. Students, as I know many faculty will attest, remain highly engaged, perhaps even more so in some cases. Moreover, many staff, alumni, Board and industry partners have contributed to the COVID-19 Relief Bursary Fund, resulting in over $620,000 raised for current students! We have, as an organization, also contributed 25,000 pairs of gloves and 17,000 masks to Scarborough Health Network and donated food to support 100 Scarborough families – and the list goes on! The infographic makes for some inspiring reading – I do hope you take a closer look at it.
Indeed, one of the many benefits of presenting an infographic, is that it sets out the whole story in front of you, such that it might suggest where we can build or strengthen ongoing initiatives or adapt further to address our new reality. As we move towards our North Star – enrolment, employment and financial stability, generating more ideas, decisions and actions along the way, I will be sure to share an updated version of this document.
In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com should you need additional clarity or if the infographic inspires and prompts additional ideas that you want to share with me. Do also please keep signing up for the President’s Listening Tour – ensuring my ear is firmly to the ground and in tune with your insights, observations and ideas; an engaging and uplifting hour will be assured!
With thoughts and best wishes,
Dr. Craig Stephenson
President and CEO, Centennial College