The Paramedic program at the Sutherland Campus received a new learning tool this month – a decommissioned ambulance.Peterborough Emergency Medical Services (PEMS) donated the ambulance to assist students in the program with driving skills and practicing real-life scenarios.Within the Paramedic program, there is an Ambulance Operations and Driving course, which prepares students to obtain their F license.The course involves advanced driving skills such as skidding, obstacle avoidance, emergency braking, and steering skills."Now they will have the proper vehicle to look at and use," said John Fader, Coordinator of the Paramedic program.PEMS has donated other equipment to the program in the past. However, Mr. Fader says he has been working with PEMS for a few years to acquire the ambulance.New PEMS Director Bob English helped the process along when he started in his position earlier this year. Mr. English donated "a lot" of equipment to Fleming’s Paramedic program in his former role as the Haliburton EMS manager, said Mr. Fader.
Renowned actor and activist Shirley Douglas gave an inspired and passionate address to students in the School of Health and Wellness, urging them to speak up to ensure Canada’s public health care system remains intact."It will be over my dead body that health care will be handed back over to the insurance companies and private corporations," she said to the 1,000 students who gathered to hear her speak at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre on Monday, September 24.Ms. Douglas is the daughter of the late Tommy Douglas, the Saskatchewan premier who initiated Canada’s universal health care system and was recently voted the Greatest Canadian of all time. Ms. Douglas works actively with the Canada Health Coalition to protect her father’s legacy."I watched the long hard fight to get universal health care in Canada. Surely to God there are more places to make money in this country than on the backs of the sick and the injured," she said in a booming voice.Ms. Douglas took questions and listened to comments from students and staff as part of her address. Topics ranged from the shortage of hospital beds to long-term care to the threat of privatization in Canada’s health care system.Fleming School of Health and Wellness faculty member Kathryn Jarvis organized Ms. Douglas’ visit.Prior to Ms. Douglas’ address, the students watched the latest film from Michael Moore, "Sicko", which documents the privatized, for-profit health care insurance industry in the United States. In the movie, comparisons are made between the health care systems of U.S., Canada, Great Britain and France.In referencing the film, Ms. Douglas urged the students to be kind to one another. She also imparted her message of activism."If ever there was a waste of time, it’s complaining to each other. There’s always someone to go talk to (such as a political representative). Complain out loud and remember who owns this health system," she said. "It’s important for every single human being to be involved politically. We need to be a part of what’s going on."
Fleming College faculty member John Knight has won a Leadership in Faculty Teaching (LIFT) Award.The award recognizes teaching excellence at Ontarios colleges and universities. In addition to receiving the award, Mr. Knight will receive $20,000 over two years to encourage continued excellence in the classroom setting.Mr. Knight has taught with the Fish and Wildlife program within the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences for more than 15 years. He has twice won Flemings Charles E. Pascal Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997 and 2003, and has been nominated for that award three additional times in 1994, 2004 and 2005.Mr. Knights students nominated him for the award. They describe him as: a knowledgeable professor who provides excellent information to the class, and shares the students passion for learning.Its an awesome tribute from the students and thats what its all about, said Mr. Knight. He was recognized for his achievement at a staff meeting at the Frost Campus on August 28.This is the first year the LIFT Awards have been handed out. The LIFT Award recipients were chosen by an independent selection committee made up of individuals from Ontario’s postsecondary sector. All the names of the 2007 LIFT Award winners are now posted on the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website at:
As students head back to class, Fleming College will see a 12 per cent jump in first year enrolment – projected to be one of the highest increases in all of Ontario’s 24 colleges.More than 2,850 students are expected to start first-semester classes at all campuses this week, the highest number in Fleming’s 40-year history. Areas that saw the greatest increases included the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences and the School of Continuing Education and Skilled Trades. Fleming College led the provincial college system in student confirmations at 10 per cent above the system average. While registrations at Fleming have increased by 12 per cent, system-wide numbers will not be confirmed for a few weeks yet.Fleming continues to draw a broad cross-section of students – both secondary students and mature students – from across Ontario. The number of students attending Fleming from the Greater Toronto Area has also increased.“Students have many good choices for their education. We are glad to see that increasingly they are choosing Fleming – for our many programs and the student experience that our faculty and staff provide,” said Dr. Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College.Fleming emphasizes student learning first and has a reputation for excellent faculty-student interaction. The college also enhanced services and added new campus facilities in recent years to further draw in prospective students. The college successfully launched a variety of new programs this September such as the post-graduate Advertising – Marketing Communications, Event Management, Global Supply Chain Management, and Outdoor Adventure Skills programs. New students are getting settled into Fleming with Orientation activities planned for each campus throughout the week.Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Law, Justice & Community Services. Fleming College has more than 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000 alumni.