The sled pull event at last year's First Responders Cup.

Second annual First Responders Cup puts participants to the ultimate fitness test

 

Peterborough ON – (Feb. 15, 2018) – Teams of emergency responders will battle it out in the ultimate fitness challenge for the First Responders Cup taking place on Saturday, April 14 at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre.

Hosted by faculty member Jodi van Engen and students in Fleming College’s Pre-Service Firefighter, Paramedic, Customs Border Services and Police Foundations programs, the event features six-person co-ed teams that are given eight different first responder fitness challenges to complete over eight hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The team with the fastest cumulative time over all eight circuits will win the cup.

The event is a fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Branch (CMHA KPR). This is the second year Fleming students and faculty are hosting the First Responders Cup. Last year the event raised $5,500.

The students are looking for teams to enter the fitness challenge. The cost is $300 to register a team with all funds going to CMHA KPR. To register a team, visit: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/16057/2nd-annual-first-responders-cup.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/148453672522887/, or contact Jodi van Engen at Jodi.van_engen@flemingcollege.ca or 705-749-5530 ext. 1483.

Students initiated the First Responders Cup in 2017 after taking a mental health class that discussed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the policing profession. The students wanted to eliminate stigma around the topic and help bring awareness to the community.

The students are encouraging spectators to come out and watch the event and learn more about mental health services in the community.

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 6,800 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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Announcing the recipients of the Brian L. Desbiens Community Service Awards

 

Peterborough ON – (February 9, 2018) – Fleming College is pleased to recognize two individuals for their outstanding commitment to volunteerism with the Brian L. Desbiens Community Service Awards.

Peter Pula, founder and CEO of Axiom News and co-director of The Resonance Centre of Social Evolution, will receive the external award while Meredith Pilley, a faculty member at Sutherland Campus, will receive the internal award. The awards will be presented at a special event this month.

peterpulaPeter Pula led the discovery, founding, and practice of generative journalism as a healing and community art. He has since been invited to host workshops around the world on the practice of generative journalism, an open communications approach for emergent and constructive change in organizations, networks, and communities.

To bring dialogic and narrative arts together, Peter and Axiom News initiated the Peterborough Dialogues in 2015. Since then, more than 150 dialogues and summits have been held in Peterborough to cultivate citizen-led community building. These include a Peterborough Pollinator Summit, an Indie-Local Economy Summit, and a Community Conversation on Harper Park.

Through these series of community-based pilot projects, Peter has worked with others to create a thoughtful, proven framework for introducing a possibility-oriented perspective and approach into any setting. It’s described as a powerful model of real and deep democracy.

As stated in his nomination, Peter’s belief is that wholeness follows as we learn to relate in ways that allow us to feel connected and safe enough to step into our authenticity. Many people, through their encounter with the work of Peter and those around him, have stepped up to do new things in their community, to realize their dreams, to work with one another in a way that both inspires them and opens up new possibilities for their community.

meredithMeredith Pilley has volunteered for a number of local organizations over the years including Big Sisters, the Family Enrichment Centre, her local school council, and the Kawartha Trent Synchronized Swimming Club. For many years Meredith was involved with local choirs and musicals. Musically, she was part of the opening of the Showplace Theatre and for years sang the National Anthem at Peterborough Petes games as well as the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989. An active member of the local counselling community, Meredith regularly gives back to her community through the offer of pro bono services for those who are unable to pay. Often this occurs through organizations who don’t have funding for LGBTQ or victim services.

Meredith was a key organizer of the recent Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School 50th Anniversary Reunion, raising money for a forwarding scholarship over the next five years and fundraising for the school.  People came from all over the world to celebrate the anniversary – from Australia, Czech Republic, Yukon, California, Texas, and England. According to Meredith’s nomination, it was a wonderful and moving experience and helped people reconnect when some hadn’t seen each other in decades.

Extending her passion for community service to her students, Meredith is always looking for volunteer opportunities for Fleming students in our community, which helps both students and the community.

About the Brian L. Desbiens Community Service Awards
The Brian L. Desbiens Community Service Awards were created to recognize citizens who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to, and concern for, their community, country or beyond. Within volunteer work and through their career these candidates have exceeded expectations, putting their ideas and skills to practical use for the benefit of others. One award is given to an employee of the college while another is awarded externally, to a citizen of the communities the college serves.

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 6,800 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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Unprecedented enrolment growth for Fleming College’s winter intake

 

Peterborough ON – (February 8, 2018) – Fleming College is experiencing unprecedented growth in new students this semester.

Following a January intake of more than 2,000 new students, the College currently has 6,855 students enrolled college-wide. Fleming had previously set an enrolment record of 6,275 students in the fall.

While international students account for the greatest enrolment growth, Fleming also exceeded its enrolment targets for domestic students. The growth was spread across all academic areas within the college.

The increase in new students was higher than expected due to the fact that twice as many international students accepted offers than was anticipated. The growth has presented some challenges. Both Sutherland and Frost campuses are undergoing major renovations, which has impacted available space in the buildings. As well, a tight rental market is making the search for off-campus housing more difficult.

The College has worked to mitigate these issues by hiring new faculty and modifying classroom spaces. As well, the College has partnered with local hotels to provide temporary accommodation for students seeking rental housing.

“While growth and internationalization are in many ways good for the college and our communities, this exceptional pace in growth is presenting challenges for us. I want to commend our Fleming employees and our many community partners for going above and beyond to welcome and accommodate all of our students. Our Fleming faculty, staff and leaders are working to provide the best quality education and experience for each student. It is more difficult to do that with an intake that is larger than we anticipated,” said Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College.

“As of right now, we have two immediate challenges: meeting the needs of this semester, and ensuring more sustainable growth levels for our upcoming summer and fall intakes.”

About half of Fleming’s 100-plus programs have a winter intake.

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 6,800 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

Screening of A Better Man to launch Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre’s MENding Program at Fleming College

 

Peterborough ON – (February 6, 2018) – Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC) is teaming up with Fleming College to offer the MENding Program on campus.

The official launch of the MENding Program at Fleming will take place during a free screening of the award-winning documentary A Better Man on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Whetung Theatre (B3100) at Sutherland Campus.

KSAC’s MENding Program aims to engage men and boys in ending gender based violence. The program further seeks to create safe and non-judgmental settings to support boys and men in discussing themes of masculinity.

“When delivering bystander training to students, I often have men come to me afterward and ask how they can be more involved, or better allies,” says Amie Kroes, Manager of Student Rights and Responsibilities at Fleming College. “Men want to have a role to play in ending gender-based violence; the MENding program is giving them an established way to get more education and giving men a platform to engage their community on this topic.”

Through the partnership with Fleming College, men who are interested in leading and hosting this conversation will be able to access a train-the-trainer program and build the opportunity to co-host conversations for community social justice and inclusion.

“Society understands ‘masculinity’ through culture, including through music, movies, videogames, sports, school, religious communities, and our home lives. Through MENding, we discuss the messages boys and men see every day and explore how they can impact our identities and harm other people,” says KSAC’s Lisa Clarke.

To learn more about the MENding program, or to book a class/group of boys or men for a conversation, please call Lisa Clarke at Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre at 705-748-5901 or lclarke.ksac@nexicom.net.

About A Better Man
On a hot summer night 22 years ago, 18-year-old Attiya Khan ran through the streets, frightened for her life. She was fleeing her ex-boyfriend Steve, who’d been abusing her on a daily basis. Now, all these years later, Attiya has asked Steve to meet. She wants to know how he remembers their relationship and if he is willing to take responsibility for his violent actions.

This emotionally raw first meeting, filmed by Attiya with Steve’s consent, is the starting point for A Better Man. The rough footage also marks a new beginning in Attiya’s own recovery process—as well as an important starting point for Steve. For the first time ever, he speaks of the abuse and cracks opens the door to dealing with the past.

Illuminating a new paradigm for domestic-violence prevention, A Better Man offers a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse. It also empowers audience members to play new roles in challenging domestic violence, whether it’s in their own relationships or as part of a broader movement for social change.

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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For more information, please contact:
Lisa Clarke
Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
lclarke.ksac@nexicom.net
705-748-5901

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

Fleming College is teaming up for mental health on Jan. 31

 


Peterborough ON – (January 29, 2018) – Fleming College will join the conversation and raise awareness for mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day.

The college’s Mental Health Initiative Team is partnering with Fleming Athletics to host Team Up for Mental Health at the Fleming Knights men’s basketball game on Wednesday, January 31.

The Knights are taking on the Durham Lords starting at 7 p.m. at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre. The game will kick off with a special ceremony, in which Fleming College President Tony Tilly will read Fleming’s new Mental Health Statement, and a video, created by Fleming Knights varsity athletes as part of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative, will be played.

Team Up for Mental Health will also include the launch of the second annual First Responders Cup to be held on April 14. The event, a fitness challenge that raises money for the Canadian Mental Health Association, is hosted by faculty and students in Fleming’s Justice and Health and Wellness programs. During half-time, students will demonstrate some of the fitness challenges that are part of the First Responders Cup.

In addition to Bell Let’s Talk, the game is part of an initiative undertaken by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association – Make Some Noise for Mental Health. The CCAA is implementing a nation-wide mental health awareness campaign to break the stigma surrounding mental health on campus.

All are welcome to attend the game – admission is free, and there will be free popcorn, giveaways and door prizes. Come out and Team Up for Mental Health!

For more information on other colleges’ initiatives within the OCAA for Bell Let’s Talk, visit: https://ocaa.prestosports.com/sports/general/2017-18/releases/01252018bellletstalk

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

Souper Bowl fundraiser for the United Way at Cobourg Campus

 

Cobourg ON – (January 29, 2018) – Fleming College’s Cobourg Campus will this week host its annual Souper Bowl and Bake Sale to raise money for the Northumberland United Way.

In partnership with The Help Centre and Global HR Centre Inc., Souper Bowl will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For only $10 visitors can enjoy a bottomless bowl of soup/chili, bottled water and a fresh-baked roll.

Come early for the best selection or come after 1 p.m. to purchase leftovers for dinner.

Souper Bowl is a collaborative community event. Volunteers make the soups with additional sponsorship from The Dutch Oven, Ice River Springs and Aramark Food Services.

This is the 13th annual Souper Bowl. Last year, nearly $2,000 was raised at the event.

Tickets are available at the campus, which is located at 1005 Elgin St. W. in Cobourg.

For interested members of the media, David Francis, Fleming’s new Dean of Flexible Delivery and Contract Training, also will be at the campus that day to provide a tour of the new Personal Support Worker (PSW) lab. He will be in the lab from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The full-time PSW program started at the campus in September and is now in its second semester.

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 Bell Let’s Talk Day events

City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (January 26, 2018) – Fleming College’s Frost Campus will join the conversation and raise awareness for mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day on Wednesday, January 31.

The Frost Campus Mental Health Initiative Team will host a variety of free activities for the campus community, including a visit from therapy dogs, fun games, and free popcorn.

Stationary bikes will be available for students and employees to ride. These will represent Bell Let’s Talk Day spokesperson Clara Hughes’ ride for mental health that took place in 2014. Participants will be invited to ‘cycle across Canada.’ The total number of kilometres will be tracked with the goal of logging the distance it would take to complete a cross-Canada cycle.

There will be opportunities for dialogue and students will be invited talk about what mental health means to them. Representatives from the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, City of Kawartha Lakes Police, and the Canadian Mental Health Association will be part of events at the campus that day.

“We believe that engaging in the conversation about what mental health means to us helps to normalize our experience with mental health struggles and ultimately reduces the stigma attached,” said Melissa McQuaid, Counsellor and member of the Frost Mental Health Initiative Team.

All events will take place on the Discovery Trail between noon and 2 p.m. that day.

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

Third annual Education Pathways Fair to take place at Frost, Sutherland campuses

 

Event helps post-secondary students and graduates discover pathways to further education

Peterborough ON – (January 25, 2018) – Students and alumni of Fleming College have the opportunity to learn about pursuing further education at the third annual Education Pathways Fair.

The event, which is open to the public, allows students and graduates to discover education pathways both within Fleming as well as with the college’s many Ontario, Canadian, and international partners. It further provides students and alumni a face-to-face opportunity to ask questions about programs, scholarships and bursaries, and on-campus support.

More than 25 universities, many with articulation agreements with Fleming, will be on-site to provide information about how to use a Fleming certificate or diploma to earn a degree in less time and less cost. These include Ontario’s University of Western Ontario, Queen’s University and Trent University as well as University of New Brunswick, University of Northern British Columbia, Limerick Institute of Technology in Ireland, Griffith University in Australia, Lake Superior State University in Michigan, and Robert Gordon University in Scotland.

Fleming will also feature information about its post-graduate and advanced standing programs that add specialized skills to a college diploma or university degree.

The fair will take place at both Frost and Sutherland campuses on Jan. 30 and 31 respectively:

Frost Campus
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Discovery Trail
200 Albert St. S., Lindsay

Sutherland Campus
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Main Foyer
599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough

For information about Education Pathways, contact pathways@flemingcollege.ca. Please see below for a full list of exhibitors.

About Education Pathways
Fleming has many articulation and credit transfer agreements with Ontario, Canadian and international post-secondary institutions. Each articulation or credit transfer agreement defines admission requirements and the recognition of credits earned through a Fleming College certificate or diploma program. flemingcollege.ca/education-pathways

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


List of exhibitors:

  • Acadia University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Algoma University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Bishop’s University (Frost)
  • Brock University (Sutherland)
  • Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia (Frost)
  • Carleton University (Frost)
  • Griffith University, Australia (Sutherland)
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland (Sutherland)
  • Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland (Sutherland)
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland (Sutherland)
  • KOM Consultants (Sutherland)
  • Lake Superior State University, Michigan (Sutherland)
  • Lakehead University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Laurentian University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland (Sutherland)
  • ONTransfer.ca (Sutherland)
  • Nipissing University (Sutherland)
  • Queen’s University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Robert Gordon University, Scotland (Sutherland)
  • Royal Roads University, British Columbia (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Ryerson University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Trent University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • University of Guelph (Sutherland and Frost)
  • University of Guelph-Humber (Sutherland)
  • University of New Brunswick (Sutherland and Frost)
  • University of Northern British Columbia (Frost)
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Sutherland)
  • University of Toronto, Scarborough (Sutherland)
  • University of Waterloo (Sutherland and Frost)
  • University of Western Ontario (Sutherland and Frost)
  • University of Windsor (Sutherland)
  • Vancouver Island University (Frost)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • York University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Fleming College Post-Graduate and Dual Diploma Options (Sutherland and Frost)

FastStart Fleming presents Dragons’ Den contributor Barbara Stegemann

 

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Peterborough ON – (January 24, 2018) – FastStart Fleming will host a free presentation with Barbara Stegemann, a ‘top game changer’ on CBC television’s Dragons’ Den.

Ms. Stegemann is the CEO and founder of The 7 Virtues, a company she started after her best friend – a soldier – was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was key to building stability for its people, Ms. Stegemann’s perfume business sources organic oils from countries experiencing turmoil.

Despite addressing complex global matters in her talks, Ms. Stegemann uses humour to explain how individuals can use business for good and effect change, both at home and worlds away.

Ms. Stegemann’s presentation also illuminates the rise of social entrepreneurship as well as the movement toward a ‘triple bottom line’ – social, environmental, and financial. Unlike traditional businesses, these companies are driven by a social or an environmental preservation cause, and they put these before profit to create a sustainable business model for the greater good. They are challenging the way corporations work with the community and the world.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough. Registration is required. To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fleming-talks-tickets-41115575794

About Barbara Stegemann
Ms. Stegemann has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She has won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the emerging Entrepreneur category for Atlantic Canada, and was ranked as one of Profit Guide magazine’s Top 30 Cool and Fabulous Canadian Entrepreneurs. Ms. Stegemann received the Women Innovators Award from the US State Department at the APEC Women and the Economy Summit, and was made the first female Honorary Colonel in the history of 14 Wing Greenwood base, Royal Canadian Air Force. In addition to this, her fragrance collection won Chatelaine’s Beauty 100 Award.

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

Fleming College President to retire at end of third term

 

tony-standing-resizeDr. Tony Tilly has served as President for 14 Years 

Peterborough ON – (January 18, 2018) – On behalf of the Board of Governors of Sir Sandford Fleming College, Chair Dana Empey has announced that Dr. Tony Tilly will complete his third and final term as Fleming College President on June 30.

“Tony has led the college through an extraordinary transformation during his 14-year tenure,” said Ms. Empey. “The college has grown significantly in terms of facilities, programming, enrolment and community partnerships. As we thank Tony and look back on his success, we also look to the future as the Board begins the search for a new leader to continue to provide exceptional educational experiences for students and continue to grow Fleming College in partnership with our communities.”

Since his initial appointment in 2004, Tony has emphasized strategic planning and organizational development, built leadership capacity, encouraged international horizons, secured funds to build the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre and maintained and expanded partnerships. Since that year the College’s revenues have doubled.

In the provincial and national contexts, Tony advocates working together to support and strengthen public postsecondary education which he sees as one of Ontario’s – and Canada’s – great resources. Tony has served as Chair of the provincial Committee of Presidents and has been a Director on the Board of Colleges and Institutes Canada.

On a day-to-day basis, Tony finds interaction with leaders, faculty, staff and students to be energizing and rewarding. He is proud that Fleming College consistently champions a core promise to students, captured in three words:  Learn. Belong. Become.

In a message to College faculty and staff, Tony remarked, “Fourteen years in this role is not something I anticipated when I started at Fleming in August 2004. Then again, I also didn’t anticipate how much I would enjoy working with outstanding colleagues and students who are as dedicated to Fleming as we are to them.”

In his remarks, Tony has emphasized that Fleming College has much to be proud of, yet more ahead in terms of both opportunities and challenges. In that spirit, his intent is to continue to work energetically in the remaining months of his appointment on Fleming Forward, a theme of the Fleming Strategic Plan, with focus on innovative steps to seize opportunities and meet challenges.

Asked if he actually plans to retire, Tony commented, “I never was a very good gardener and I don’t expect to become one now.”

Chair Dana Empey has confirmed that the Board of Governors will soon announce the upcoming Presidential Search, which will include the opportunity for input from students, staff, faculty, leaders and community partners concerning how Fleming College can best maintain its strong traditions while moving boldly into the future.

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