October 14, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Unstaffed Centennial Place mini market a Canadian first
Here’s a little college trivia: our Centennial Place student residence at Progress Campus had the distinction of being the very first site in Canada to test a new, hyperlocal mini-market concept when the residence opened in 2016. The store on the ground floor of the residence operates 24/7 and is completely unstaffed – residents are free to select their grocery items, including fresh fruit and takeout items, and check themselves out. The Market is the brainchild of Aisle 24, an automated, cashier-less grocery store franchiser that is now expanding with plans to open numerous locations across the country.
Residents download the company’s mobile app and create an account to gain access to the store. Customers use the self-service kiosk to scan the products they want to purchase; all they need is a smartphone and a bag to carry their purchases. The mini market offers a range of food products, such as canned goods, snacks and drinks, as well as freshly prepared foods including sandwiches, soups and salads that are popular with students. Aisle 24 is in nine locations currently in Ontario and Quebec, with about 30 stores in either lease discussions or construction phase across the country. Get the full story at Retail Insider.
Two Centennial students awarded CIBC Future Heroes bursaries
In recognition of the legacy of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, CIBC has invested $500,000 in the education of tomorrow’s healthcare professionals through its new CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program, which is intended to inspire and support the next generation of healthcare practitioners. Among the 150 recipients of the $2,500 bursary awarded across Canada are two first-year Centennial students: Vicki Fang in our Pharmacy Technician program and Aimee Joy Provido studying Practical Nursing. The bursaries are available to students entering into their first year of a bachelor, diploma or certificate program at an eligible college or university. Centennial is one of 10 postsecondary institutions in Ontario eligible for the bank’s bursary program. All recipients of the bursary program were selected by Universities Canada. Congratulations to Vicki and Aimee Joy!
The Writing Circle hosts John Oughton on October 29
The Centennial Library continues to provide an opportunity for writers at all levels to hone their craft, write together in small groups and share expertise in our monthly Writing Circle meetings. Participants use the time to expand on their ideas and literary works, swap best practices and get tips on publication. All of this activity has continued to be available effectively online, too! Now, as part of our speaker series, the Writing Circle will host our friend, retired faculty and published author John Oughton on Friday, October 29, from 2 to 3 pm. An accomplished academician, he worked in corporate communications and publishing before joining Centennial to become the first Professor of Teaching and Learning and lead orientations for new faculty. His publications include more than 400 articles, reviews and interviews, five books of poetry – most recently Time Slip – and a script for the DeGrassi Junior High television series. He has also produced a mystery novel titled Death by Triangulation, and in 2021, Higher Teaching: A Handbook for New Postsecondary Faculty. Many of his books are available to borrow from the Centennial Library. The Writing Circle welcomes you to join us in conversation with John and explore how you can put pen to paper! For details, please contact Gosha at firstname.lastname@example.org and take a look at this brief introductory video.
Reminder: Join us in celebrating Islamic History Month
As we continue to celebrate the Muslim community we invite you to join us for Conversations for Social Change and hear from four dynamic Centennial community members about their efforts to navigate and challenge Islamophobia in higher education. Register for the Canadian documentary film screening of 14 and Muslim on Thursday, October 21 from noon to 1 pm. These events are followed by an exciting keynote with Ginella Massa, a Canadian Screen-Award-winner, local TV anchor and national host who made history by being Canada’s first hijab-wearing news reporter. Register now for this event to reserve your spot!