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Looking back at 2021: Top 10 Stories


Peterborough ON – (December 22, 2021) – This year has been more complex than any other as we have combined in-class and online delivery, and maintained a series of strong and effective safety protocols.

In June 2021, we celebrated 3,300 new graduates during Fleming College’s 55th Convocation ceremony. In a separate ceremony, over 200 students were recognized for completing the Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD). We are tremendously proud of everything our graduates have accomplished.

As we move forward, we have many other successes to recognize and celebrate. We invite you to read the top 10 stories from 2021, which highlight the amazing achievements of Fleming students, staff, and alumni.

1. Fleming College begins new era with a brand transformation
Fleming College is turning the page on the past year and beginning a fresh chapter by launching an exciting new brand.

The new brand system embodies the essence of all Fleming campuses, incorporating colours and features from legacy brands while presenting a bold new look under the launch theme “One Brand. One Community. One Fleming.” The guiding principle behind the redesign is the brand statement: Communities that ignite your passion for change.

2. Fleming College launches new employment service for Muskoka-Kawarthas
A new employment service for Muskoka-Kawarthas takes a locally responsive approach to help employers find workers with the right skills, and job seekers find sustainable employment. As the Muskoka-Kawarthas Service System Manager (SSM), Fleming College has launched the Ontario Government’s prototype of streamlined employment services that will define the future of labour market support across the province.


3. Fleming’s DSW students receive COVID-19 vaccine and what they want you to know about it
Students in Fleming’s Developmental Services Worker program have the opportunity to make a difference every day by providing practical and meaningful support to those in need. But doing that important work has been challenging during the pandemic. 

For fourth-semester students Shweta Gondalia, Swany Kaji and Natasha Maurik, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine gave them the assurance to continue to protect and provide safe and meaningful care to the community.   

4. Fleming College commits to being a welcoming place for all by establishing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council
Fleming College prides itself on being a welcoming place for all. To reinforce and further this commitment at all levels, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Council has been established to provide advice and recommendations to Fleming’s Senior Management Team on policy, governance and operational matters.

5. Fleming College is the silver recipient of CICan Indigenous Education Excellence Award
Fleming College is honoured to be chosen by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) as the silver recipient of the Indigenous Education Excellence Award.

Candidates from across the country had to meet a number of criteria to be recognized for this award:

  • Institutional commitment to making Indigenous education a priority
  • Relationship building with Indigenous communities
  • Respect for intellectual and cultural traditions
  • Understanding and reciprocity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples
  • Services and learning environments that are Indigenous-centred and holistic

6. Fleming establishes two new research centres with provincial and federal funding
Fleming College has been awarded nearly $8 million in long-term funding for two new applied research centres in the fields of advanced manufacturing technologies and aquaculture – Centre for Advancement in Mechatronics and Industrial Internet of Things (CAMIIT) and Centre for Innovative Aquaculture Production (CIAP).

The new centres, established in response to the needs of Ontario’s key industries, will each receive $2 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to support research activity over the next five years. 

7. Fleming’s culinary students and faculty donate meals to support the vulnerable during the pandemic
Fleming College prides itself on building strong communities. Part of doing so is through being an active member of the community and supporting those in need.

Fleming’s culinary students and faculty from the School of Trades and Technology have stepped up during these trying times to prepare, package and donate various food items to local non-profit organizations – everything from soup to decadent desserts.

8. Fleming College introduces Spotlight Awards to recognize employee excellence
Fleming introduced the Spotlight Awards to recognize and appreciate the excellence displayed by college employees.

During the inaugural Spotlight Awards ceremony hosted on June 3, award recipients were celebrated for their work and contributions to the Fleming community. 

9. Fleming College marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with community engagement initiatives
Canada will observe the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 during a year where there’s been so much hurt, healing and learning for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Fleming College has many events and initiatives leading up to the day to commemorate the occasion.

10. Fleming’s Paramedic program gratefully receives donation of a decommissioned ambulance from Peterborough County-City Paramedics
Fleming College is grateful to Peterborough Paramedics for the donation of a decommissioned ambulance that will be used to train students in the Paramedic program.

The decommissioned ambulance was hand-delivered to Fleming by Deputy Chief of Operations, Christopher Barry, of Peterborough County-City Paramedics.