Far From the Heart: Interactive forum theatre coming to Fleming College

 

 

farfromtheheartPeterborough ON – (October 10, 2017) – A play intended to engage and educate teens about the different forms of pressure and violence in dating relationships, and the issues that lie beneath the behaviour, is coming to Fleming College on Oct. 18

Far From the Heart is interactive forum theatre inspired by Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Presented by the Unitarian Fellowship and community partners (Fleming College, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, and John Howard Society), the play and its message hopes to reach youth and their parents, guardians, and mentors.

Originally developed in 2006 as a collaboration between Grey Bruce teens and local artists, the play has since toured with Sheatre eight times in two provinces and has been adapted into an interactive film.

The show follows four teen characters on the night of a big party as they struggle with personal expectations, peer pressure and relationships. After the story plays out, key scenes are revisited and the audience is invited to intervene and change the outcome. This interactive format allows the audience to explore issues that can lead to dating abuse and sexual violence and also talk about ways that healthy relationships can be encouraged.

“I began Far From the Heart as a summer project for youth in Grey-Bruce, Ontario, in 2006 in response to a growing problem with sexual violence among youth, and a reluctance to admit that it was happening in our rural community. No surprise. Who wants to talk about rape and sexual assault? At first, no one, but then kids came forward, and the dam broke as we provided a way to explore these themes together safely, respectfully and with fun.  We created a play that doesn’t shy away from the truth.  It’s brave,” said Joan Chandler, Artistic Director for Sheatre. “Far From the Heart endures because it works.  Because the issue is universal, the problem rampant, the project provides a useful, in-demand, entertaining vehicle to combat it. We believe in the art form. I love this little play and what it does.”

“As part of our commitment and transition to consent culture, Far From the Heart offers such a unique and effective modality of addressing a very sensitive subject,” said Lisa Ducharme, Director of Health Services at Lakefield College School. “The sincerity of the actors and interactive nature of their performance create a genuine experience for young people. The resulting debate, controversy, and reflection (from exposing bias, prejudice, and truth) provided our students a formidable platform for greater understanding, empowerment, and transformation on a systemic level.”

Far From the Heart will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Whetung Theatre (B3 100) at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough. The play is intended for ages 13 and up with a suggested donation of $15 or pay what you can. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please note: while the cast is white and the story presented in this play is heteronormative, dating violence and sexual abuse are issues for all races and cultures, gender identities and sexual preferences. Representatives from the Unitarian Fellowship and the partnering community organizations will be available for support and referral at the event. The organizers are committed to creating an open and inclusive dialogue and interactive session that recognizes that Indigenous People and People Of Colour and the LGBTQ* community (among others) are at a higher risk of violence.
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For more information, please contact:

Graham Petty
graham@jhsptbo.com
705.933.4491.

 

Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
Fleming College
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

                          

 

Frost Campus hosts specialized drilling training school

 

AMPIS Instructor Richard Soppe leads a course at Frost Campus.
AMPIS Instructor Richard Soppe leads a course at Frost Campus.

Frost session marks the first time the training has been held outside of the United States

City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (Oct. 3, 2017) – Fleming College’s Resources Drilling Technician program hosted a specialized training program at Frost Campus recently – the first time it has been held outside of the United States.

The ADSC – International Association for Foundation Drilling (ADSC-IAFD) held its Anchor and Micropile Installation School (AMPIS) at Frost Campus Sept. 17-22.

AMPIS is designed for drillers of all skill levels. Participants had a range of experience – from 20-plus years in the field to brand new workers. The courses taught drillers about rock anchors and other types of soil retention construction and included six days of intense instruction and rigorous training. The training brought together participants from as far away as Italy, Germany and Hawaii and included not only drillers but also foremen, inspectors, and safety officers.

Five technology-specific drill rigs were brought in to the campus for the hands-on training portion. In-class theory and instruction took place in the Parnham Training Centre. Courses included rotary drilling tools and techniques, hollow bar tools and installation, grouting, and hydraulics.

“The biggest benefit of AMPIS is it brings companies from across North America to Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. And these companies may not have been previously aware of Fleming’s Drilling program,” said Charlie Morettie, Resources Drilling faculty member. “It was a fantastic course – not just for the novice driller but for anyone who needs a better understanding of how everything should be done.”

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

 

Call for Nominations: Brian L. Desbiens Community Service Awards


Peterborough ON – (Oct. 3, 2017) – Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the community? Fleming College is currently seeking nominations for its award program that recognizes dedicated community service.

The Brian L. Desbiens Community Service Awards are given out annually – one to a Fleming College employee (internal) and one to a member of the public (external).

The awards were created to recognize citizens who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to, and concern for, their community, country or beyond. Through volunteer work and within their career these candidates have exceeded expectations, putting their ideas and skills to practical use for the benefit of others.

Please note, candidates for the internal award must be employees of Fleming College while candidates for the external award can be any citizen who lives in Peterborough, Haliburton or Northumberland counties, or the City of Kawartha Lakes, which are all served by Fleming College’s campus locations. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate candidates for either award.

Nominations will be accepted starting Monday, Oct. 2. All nominations must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. The awards will be presented later this fall.

Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate a deserving candidate. For a nomination form, or more information, please contact Laura Copeland, Communications Officer at 705-749-5530 x 1370 or laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca. You can find the nomination forms on the Fleming College website at:
External Nomination:
http://flemingcollege.ca/news/pdf/NominationFormExternal-FillableTemplate.docx

 

Internal Nomination:
http://flemingcollege.ca/news/pdf/NominationFormInternal-FillableTemplate.docx

 

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

Mental Illness Awareness Week at Sutherland Campus

 

Peterborough ON – (October 2, 2017) – Fleming College’s Sutherland Campus is hosting events this week to raise awareness around mental health and mental illness.

Mental Illness Awareness Week will kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 3 with a guest lecture on technology and mental health from Peterborough Family Health Team mental health clinician Julie Brown. Breaking the Technology Trance will explore the themes and realities of social connection in a world of smart phones and social media.

More than 300 Fleming students will attend Ms. Brown’s presentation, which will take place at 11 a.m. in gyms B and C at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre.

The week continues on Wednesday, Oct. 4 with a Knowledge Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main foyer at Sutherland Campus. The Fair will feature mental health resources and information that students can access on campus. A Fun Day will take place in the main foyer on Thursday, Oct. 5. Fleming Student Administrative council will host painting and craft tables and a chill zone.

Mental Illness Awareness Week is organized by Fleming’s Mental Health Initiative Team, which is made up of employee and student representatives.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Frost Campus to ‘Stomp Out Stigma’ at Mental Illness Awareness Day

 

City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (Sept. 27, 2017) – Fleming College’s Frost Campus is aiming to reduce the stigma around mental illness through an upcoming event at the campus.

Hosted by the Frost Mental Health Initiative Team, the ‘Stomp Out Stigma’ Event for Mental Illness Awareness Week invites students and staff to join in the conversation around mental health.

Stomp Out Stigma will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 1-3:30 p.m. on the Auk’s Lodge Patio. The event features guest speaker Jack Veitch from the Canadian Mental Health Association as well as a free barbecue and musical performances from Fleming faculty members Joanna Hodge and Kent Hodgin. Students and staff will be getting their boots on with Robin Nesbit, Coordinator of Recreation Services at the Lindsay Recreation Complex, who will lead participants through a line dance to Blake Shelton’s Footloose.

As part of the event, at 1:15 p.m., the Mental Health Initiative Team will unveil a new addition to the campus – a connection bench. The bench represents a physical space for people to come together and communicate or solely reflect, and is one of two benches designed and built by Fleming Carpentry Apprentice students Brad Morey and Mike Payne. Chemong Home Hardware donated the materials for the benches with the other bench currently in use at Sutherland Campus. These benches further illustrate Fleming’s commitment to developing, supporting and maintaining an environment for positive mental health.

Frost Campus will also host its annual Health Fair during Stomp Out Stigma. Students and staff can connect with a variety of agencies that will be on site to discuss their resources and support. Participating agencies include: Cam’s Kids, Canadian Mental Health Association, Community Care (Dietician, Food Box and Blood Pressure), Community Counselling, Credit Counselling, Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit, Kawartha Haliburton Victims Services, Kawartha Lakes Police Service, Responsible Gambling, Therapy Dogs, Student Lifeworks, and the Ontario Provincial Police.

“This event brings our campus community together to support each other and bring awareness to mental illness. Open and honest dialogue around mental illness creates an environment that helps to reduce the shame and stigma, allowing those who are struggling to seek support,” said Melissa McQuaid, Fleming College Counsellor and Frost Mental Health Initiative Team member. “The Frost Mental Health Initiative Team’s partnerships with the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, Lindsay Recreation Complex, City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service, and the Canadian Mental Health Association further help to make these initiatives a huge success.”

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

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Fleming College experiences highest enrolment in 50-year history

 

Peterborough ON – (Sept. 20, 2017) – Fleming College is pleased to announce record enrolment for the 2017 fall semester with 6,275 full-time students attending Fleming’s campuses.

This is the highest enrolment in Fleming College’s 50-year history.

“We are delighted to reach this significant milestone, particularly as we celebrate Fleming’s 50th anniversary this fall,” said Tony Tilly, President, Fleming College. “This is clearly a strong indication of the quality, relevance and reputation of our programs as well as the commitment of our faculty and staff to ensuring our students have the best learning experience possible.”

The number of new students grew by 11 per cent over 2016 with more than 3,660 students starting their first semester at Fleming this fall.

International enrolment at Fleming continues to grow with students from 33 different countries attending the College. Fleming now has more than 1,000 international students in total. Close to 600 new international students enrolled for the fall, a 132 per cent increase over last year.

New domestic students totaled 3,082, a 1.2 per cent increase. This domestic growth comes despite challenging demographics which show continued declines in the number of secondary school students across Ontario.

The College’s record number of students this fall follows strong enrolment numbers from earlier this year, including the highest ever summer enrolment with more than 1,500 students, and record first-semester intake in January of more than 1,230 students.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Frost Campus to host 300 elementary students as part of bioblitz event

 

City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (Sept. 20, 2017) – Fleming College’s Frost Campus will host a bioblitz this weekend that will involve eco-activities for both elementary students and Fleming students.

A bioblitz is a biological inventory that occurs over a 24-hour period. At Frost, the official bioblitz will take place from 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. Bioblitzes help to quantify the number of species in given ecosystems to help assess the decline in biodiversity within that area. A combination of faculty and community volunteers from different backgrounds (some academic, some professional) will lead groups of Frost Campus students through protocols associated with collecting and identifying species. Targeted species include: birds, reptiles, small mammals, insects, trees and shrubs, grasses, mosses, and fish.

Earlier on Friday, the campus will host 300 students in grades 2 to 7 from Leslie Frost Public School. Throughout the day, the students will rotate through stations that will expose them to different ecosystems. For each ecosystem, they will be shown tools and techniques used to identify different species of plants and animals, and then encouraged to explore the ecosystem and find as many species as they can.

Here is the schedule for the students’ visit:

  • 9:30 a.m. – Arrive at Frost Campus
  • 9:45 a.m. – Welcome from Frost Campus Principal Brett Goodwin at the Loggersports Field
  • 10 a.m. – First rotation starts, with students changing stations every 45 minutes.
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon – Lunch break
  • 2 p.m. – Students depart

The locations of the four stations that students will visit while on campus are: Upper Forest, which is located behind the main building, and the Lower Forest, Meadow, and Riparian Zone, which are all located behind the Heavy Equipment area, near the river’s edge.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Aspiring entrepreneurs invited to submit innovative business ideas to Pitch It!

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Thursday, September 7, 2017, Peterborough – FastStart invites students at Trent University, Durham College, Fleming College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to submit their innovative business ideas for the third annual Pitch It! competition, a competition for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Running for four weeks, Pitch It! culminates on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 6-9 p.m. in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch competition at Fleming College’s Sutherland Campus to a panel of industry judges. This is an opportunity for students to win $500, meet other aspiring entrepreneurs, and find help in bringing their innovative idea to the market.

The event will showcase three to five contestants pitching their idea from the following business categories: agriculture and food, information technology and media, clean tech and the environment, trades and retail business, and lifestyle and fashion.

“This event is a great opportunity for young and aspiring entrepreneurs to push themselves into pitching a business idea and getting feedback from real professionals,” says Karen Zavitz, FastStart Lead. “It is important for students to have events like this to not only showcase their great business ideas, but also practice putting those ideas into action.”

Applications will close on September 22 at noon and the final Pitch It! competition is open to the public. For more information about Pitch It! or to download a submission form, visit faststartfs.ca/pitch-it-2017

The Pitch It! competition is sponsored by FastStart, an entrepreneurial training partnership designed to increase the entrepreneurship skills and awareness of university and college students and help them develop solid business plans and take products to market. FastStart enables students to apply entrepreneurial thinking to their future careers, whether they are in startups, established businesses, social innovation or public service.

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FastStart is funded by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.  FastStart is part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) Ontario’s innovation system. The ONE is made up of regional and sector focused organizations designed to help Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their companies, and create jobs. For more information visit http://www.onebusiness.ca/

Please visit faststartfs.ca to find an on-line copy of this release.

For more information, please contact: 

Durham College
Allison Rosnak
Allison.Rosnak@durhamcollege.ca

Fleming College
Laura Copeland
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca

Trent University
Kate Weersink
kateweersink@trentu.ca

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Bryan Oliver
Bryan.Oliver@uoit.ca

 

 

 

Let the Deed Show: Remastered version of Fleming College’s official song released for 50th anniversary

 

 

Peterborough ON – (Sept. 14, 2017) – Let the Deed Show, Fleming College’s official song that was commissioned for the College’s 25th anniversary, has been remastered and updated for Fleming’s 50th.

The song details the life of Sir Sandford Fleming, the College’s namesake, and his contributions to society. Written by local performer Danny Bronson, Bronson returned to the studio recently with some of the finest studio musicians in Canada to record the new rendition of the song.

Recorded at Haggarty Studios in Peterborough, Bronson has breathed new life into the classic song. You can listen to, and view the video for, the updated track here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toRl89B6Hxk&feature=youtu.be.

Bronson performs Let the Deed Show every year at all of Fleming College’s convocation ceremonies at Frost and Sutherland campuses.

“Danny’s an incredibly talented songwriter, vocalist and musician and we are lucky to have had him so closely linked to the college for so long. His lyrics and melody combine to capture the spirit and perseverance of Sir Sandford Fleming and Let the Deed Show ensures a rousing close to each of our convocation ceremonies. It’s a fantastic tribute to our namesake and a memorable send-off for our graduates. We hope it provides inspiration for them to pursue a path of perseverance and innovation,” said Drew Van Parys, Executive Director of Marketing and Advancement.

Danny, along with students, alumni and employees will be in attendance at the college’s Sutherland Campus 50th Anniversary celebration on Sept. 22 from 3-7 p.m. The public is welcome to join the celebration.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

Early Childhood Education students launch the 2017 Interactive Learning with Children and Families program

 

Peterborough ON – (Sept. 13, 2017) – Early Childhood Education (ECE) students from Fleming College are welcoming families to the 2017 Interactive Learning with Children and Families program.

The program is intended for families with children 8 months to six years old along with their parents/caregivers. Each week the children will play in a creatively designed space that connects with nature, is child-centred, and builds on children’s curiosity. While children are engaged in play-based learning, families enjoy an interactive workshop.

The ECE students, in their third semester, are responsible for all aspects of the program and are supervised by two ECE faculty members. Students will observe, plan experiences, and document each child’s weekly learning. Parents will be provided with a portfolio to share in each child’s learning journey via StoryPark.com.

The program runs Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings between Oct. 3 and Dec. 7, 2017. Families attend one morning a week from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.

The cost is $60 per child for the full eight weeks and the program takes place at George Street United Church/Emmanuel United Church, 534 George St. N. in Peterborough.

For more information, visit flemingchildrensprogram.wordpress.com or email FlemingECE@flemingcollege.ca.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:

Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370