Fleming 50th – Founders Series Part 1

Sir Sandford Fleming College has come a long way since officially opening its doors in the fall of 1967 – with an original intake of 235 full-time students.

It all began simply enough, in rooms rented above the old Colonial Coach bus terminal on King Street in Peterborough . The community would look quite different today if it weren’t for two influential people at the helm of the planning process: David B. Sutherland and Thomas H. B. Symons.

David, at one point confided in Tom that his reputation as a world traveler was largely derived from the fact that he was seen so often at the bus station.

The province of Ontario was creating a plan to implement a system of Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology in the early 60s as a way to further develop our educational system by providing differentiated curriculums for craftsmen, technicians and technologists.

The small community of Peterborough – a population of 23,000 at the time – had reached the decision that they wanted to explore the possibility of a post-secondary institution. Whether it was a College or University was yet to be seen. At the time, there were a number of communities throughout the Province vying for an institution, including the City of Oshawa, who were also very determined to have a College and a University. If certain factors like population, proximity to Toronto, and industry were the sole factors behind the decision making, then Oshawa would have been a more reasonable and sensible approach.

Yet, Peterborough was unwavering.
Enter the team of Tom Symons and David Sutherland. The two attended university together years prior, but now David was the Dean of Ryerson University and Tom the Dean of Devonshire House at the University of Toronto. The two had stayed in touch following their time together at University, however, their friendship hadn’t began to full take shape until a night out together in the early 60s.

David took Tom for a smashing night out on the town – the evening was full of great conversation and a fantastic dinner. Then came the end of the evening when David, of course, ‘discovered’ that he had no money and his wallet was nowhere to be found. Tom picked up the bill, happily, but it was that night that was truly the beginning of a prosperous and budding friendship that grew into the founding of two world-class post-secondary institutions: Sir Sandford Fleming College and Trent University.

Michael Fortune wins 2016 John and Barbara Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement

MichaelWe are excited to announce that Haliburton School of Art + Design instructor Michael Fortune has earned the 2016 John and Barbara Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement from Craft Ontario!

Fortune is a furniture maker based in Peterborough, Ont., who designs objects in wood, commissioned residential furnishings and items in limited editions. His work can be found at the Museum of Civilization, the Royal Ontario Museum, Claridge Collection of Canadian Art and Craft, The National Capital Collection at Rideau Hall, Massey Foundation Permanent Collection, Craft Ontario, and Fleming HSAD.

The Craft Awards, which will be held at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto on August 18, recognize the best of contemporary craft. In honour of Craft Ontario’s 40th anniversary, there is an exhibition of recipient work from the 2016 Craft Awards, which will be on display from July 26 to August 19. The John and Barbara Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement will also be presented at the Craft Ontario Gala Event on October 19.

“I am truly honoured to receive this award,” said Fortune. “My 40+ year career in the arts has been absolutely everything I hoped for.  It has enabled me to pursue my artistic vision while contributing to both our culture and economy.”

Sandra Dupret, Dean of Fleming’s Haliburton School of Art + Design, nominated Fortune for the 2016 John and Barbara Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement. In her nomination letter, Sandra writes, “He is also an outstanding teacher and mentor to many aspiring designers and makers across the globe. HSAD knows this first-hand because Fortune has been a part of our summer teaching team and his courses are always in demand and well received. In the classroom, he openly shares his talent, knowledge and experiences with the students. His enthusiasm and passion for design and the handmade is contagious.”

In addition to Fleming HSAD, Fortune has taught at Ryerson University, Australian National University, Sturt School New South Wales, Centre for Fine Woodworking (New Zealand), the Marc Adams School in Indiana, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, among others.

Fortune has also been travelling the world to help developing economies. He works with governments, international aid agencies and private investors to create wood-based manufacturing opportunities. He has been to Trinidad, Belize, Mexico and Guyana to help train locals in the craft so they can be self-sustaining.

Congratulations, Michael Fortune!

Jason Bialkowski shares his Preparatory Health Science story

Facebook Jason“I entered the Preparatory Health Science program straight out of high school to help prepare me for university. My grades in high school and my work ethic weren’t necessarily the best, so I figured that this would be the best time to improve both. I really enjoyed the program, it met all my expectations. The professors were always there for us when we needed help and it did get me to where I wanted to go.

My next step is going to the B.Sc.N. program at Trent University. I believe I’m prepared because the Preparatory Health Science program gave me an advantage over the other students, by giving me background information on how post-secondary is going to be run and what to expect when I do get to the Trent program.

For me, nursing is the step in to the direction that I want to go. I actually want to get into med school and become a surgeon at the end, so I feel that having a medical background before I go into med school is going to really help me out with that.”

The one-year Preparatory Health Science certificate program prepares students for post-secondary level science programs. Students take core courses in chemistry, biology, English and mathematics, while gaining extensive hands-on, laboratory-based learning experience.

Amber Kuehl shares her Pharmacy Technician program experience

PhotoAmber Kuehl graduated from the Pharmacy Technician program this June, and recently completed her program placement at Pembroke Regional Hospital. Below is her Fleming College journey:

“I want to become a Pharmacy Technician because I am a very social person and love helping others– knowing that I am helping others puts a smile on my face. I also like educating patients so they can help themselves.

I chose Fleming College because I heard good things about the Pharmacy Technician program from previous students, and participating in Orientation Day the teachers and staff made me feel very welcome and I thought it would be a good experience. The teachers and staff in all departments were very helpful, and would give you the support you were in need of.

I believe field placement was very helpful towards my education. I know for myself, I am a hands-on, visual learner, and once I physically do something I understand the concepts much better.

My experience at Pembroke Regional Hospital was incredible. The pharmacy and hospital staff were very welcoming, and were all very good teachers that I have learned a lot from. Being able to gain experience at Pembroke Regional Hospital is a dream come true. I’d say my most memorable experience at my field placement is knowing I am helping make a difference in patients’ lives.

My career goals for the future are to complete my SPT, Jurisprudence, and PEBC exams to obtain a Registered Pharmacy Technician position in a hospital setting, and to work with little or no supervision in a fast paced environment with strong knowledge of pharmacy technology practice. I will pursue being an IV pharmacy technician with strong knowledge and experience of aseptic technique, IV infusion admixture, and chemotherapy to the hospital or retail setting.”

Esthetician student creates beautiful Personal Branding Assignment

estheticianEsthetician student Dawn Robson created this beautiful display for her Personal Branding Assignment in BUSN 68 – Interpersonal Dynamics and Customer Care, which features nail wheels and nails matching painted landscapes. The assignment had several components, including presenting your personal brand identifying who you are and what sets you apart from the others. Instructor Joanne Tully asked, “Everyone in our class can do nails, what is it about you and your nails that are different?”

For Dawn, what sets her apart is her artistic ability. “My distinction is that I am an artist and I can paint a landscape or a flower on a nail, a little bit of art to make the client happy and feel special,” she said. “This assignment was helpful because it made me recognize that what I can do is unusual and that I should not be embarrassed about it. It was a confidence boost, as I’m generally quite reserved about my abilities.’

‘Every one of the ladies has something that made them stand out and I learned that, for me, it was that I make people feel comfortable, relaxed and that I can put a smile on a sad face with a little nail art,” she added.

Dawn shared that she always liked helping others and making them smile. After raising her family, Dawn decided that the Esthetician program at Fleming College would give her the opportunity to help others feel good– and put her artistic skills to use.

“This course is so much more than Esthetics; it’s lifestyle, nutrition, how to de-stress. It’s about wellness, for men and women,” said Dawn. “I have learned so much more than I ever anticipated because this program covers biology, skin diseases, body treatments, how to fix underlying skin problems to relieve client stress and maybe improve their confidence, customer care and business knowledge.”

Dawn said she is thoroughly enjoying the Esthetician program and hopes to specialize as a nail technician one day.

Jessica Steinhäuser wins Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Award

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Photo credit: Dean Palmer

Congratulations to Jessica Steinhäuser, Ceramics program faculty at Haliburton School of Art + Design, for winning the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee 40th Anniversary Award! The Craft Awards recognize the best in contemporary crafts and Steinhäuser was selected by the volunteer committee at Craft Ontario to win this award.

Steinhäuser is a renowned ceramic artist famous for her kachelöfen – wood-burning ceramic stoves – which are in private collections around the world. Not only does it serve a functional purpose, but a kachelöfen by Steinhäuser also serves as a stunning design piece. Her work has been featured in BBC Scotland, World Architecture News, The Globe & Mail, Ceramics Monthly, and more.

“I am so honoured to win this award. My journey has been quite a long one, with lots of failure and funny disasters – and some not so funny ones – and I cannot believe I am being recognized for all of that hard work. Thank you Craft Ontario,” said Steinhäuser, who trained and apprenticed in Germany at the State School for Art and Design, and earned her Graduate Journeyman Potter certification from the State School for Ceramics.

Steinhäuser said her dream of building kachelöfen started when she was 18 years old. “To now, finally 32 years later, be designing, making and installing these efficient wood stoves – and to be recognized for this super long journey – is just so cool,” she said. “If someone would have told me that I would travel the world installing these stoves, I would have just laughed, but this is what I do now. It is crazy.”

Steinhäuser jokes that although her journey to bring kachelöfen to Canada and North America has felt long, the process she uses to build them has existed in Germany and Austria since the 1400s. “So my journey of 32 years suddenly does not seem so long,” she said.

After her studies in Germany, Steinhäuser immigrated to Canada and established Stonehouse Pottery in Guelph, Ont., in 1989. She generously shares her skills and expertise at Fleming HSAD, where she is a faculty member for the Ceramics full-time and summer school programs.

“I enjoy sharing my expertise at the Haliburton School of Art + Design. I stopped making production pottery two years ago as the demand for my kachelöfen has risen so sharply. But as much as I am passionate about kachelöfen, I am a master potter on the wheel and I absolutely love teaching it,” said Steinhäuser. “This past Potters Market in Guelph I saw many of my students from over the years, who are now successful potters. I can see the tricks and skills I taught them reflected in their work, and that is so rewarding to see. I am so proud of them!”