Everything from lectures to field trips is included in the online Trees and Shrubs course

School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences faculty member Mike Fraser worked hard to provide the same learning experience online as in-class instruction, offering everything from audio lectures to field trips in the Trees and Shrubs (FSTY 50) course.

Mike Fraser

This online course features audio lectures, comprehensive instructional PowerPoint slides with audio, and utilizes a manual created years ago that includes working space for notetaking. It also incorporates actual or virtual field trips, whichever the student prefers!

Each student may conduct field trips in their current home community using local rail trails, conservation areas, provincial parks, country roads, or even their yard. Mike has produced 17 provincial maps to help students locate possible field trip locations across the province. For students who need or prefer to stay home, Mike created virtual field trips using Google Maps – Street View so students can field trip in the comfort of their own home.

“This is a way better course now, but it will never replace face-to-face!” said Mike, who thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of thinking differently to create and deliver a rich and rewarding experience for students. “I’m going to continue using much of the work I have created the next time the course is delivered face-to-face.”

PowerPoint slide from a class activity

Ecosystem Management Technician student Noah Opper is pleased with the in-depth preparation work Mike has made for the Trees and Shrubs course. “I was very skeptical of how well this course would go online,” Noah shared. “However, after having completed the first lecture, my mind is at ease. I found that the layout was simple yet informative. I look forward with excitement for the rest of the course!”

Mike acknowledges his colleagues for their support in adapting this course, including Dan Bennett for setting up his computer for working and accessing files remotely, and Barb Elliot and Jason Kerr for their willingness to receive and review Mike’s ideas and work.

Mike encourages students to be engaged, committed, adaptable and motivated to get the most from their learning experience, whether in-person or online. He stresses that communication is critical for students with online learning and recommends students stay connected by communicating with faculty throughout the term.

Culinary program develops Fridge and Pantry Challenge and plans for Fall term with food box plan

When Winter semester moved online, program coordinator Steve Moghini acted quickly to adapt the Culinary Management program. He created the Fridge and Pantry Challenge as the final project, challenging students to use items they already had to create delicious dishes.

“Cooks need to be adaptable and flexible. You can’t worry about what you don’t have; you work with what you have because, in this industry, you have to deliver right away,” said Steve, explaining that cooks are often expected to create off-menu items or adapt dishes based on dietary restrictions.

Photo by Ethan Shumak.

For the Fridge and Pantry Challenge, Culinary students plated incredible dishes in their homes. These include: a spicy Shakshuka complemented by a sweet Poke; vegetable fritters and Idli Sambhar; a beef pot pie, gingered carrot orange soup with Grand Marnier chantilly crème, and a cranberry, walnut, goat cheese salad. For grading, students submitted reports that featured photos of their preparation, production, presentation of dishes, and safety and sanitation. 

“There were many challenges with the Fridge and Pantry Challenge, but what the students came up with was utterly stunning and I give them a lot of credit,” said Steve.

Beef Pot Pie dish by Braydon Weir.

Steve is now working on the syllabus for September and preparing for remote delivery, including planning out food boxes that will be delivered to students. These boxes will feature ingredients the students need to complete their assignments.

“The future of the Culinary industry certainly includes food boxes and take-out, and restaurants will rely on this,” said Steve. “These food boxes will really add another layer of learning to the experience.”

Students will receive detailed instructions of assignment expectations and will use ingredients from their food box to create delicious dishes, which they will photograph or video. Dishes will be served to roommates, family members or friends, who are asked to grade taste honestly.

“I’ve heard from parents already, from the Fridge and Pantry Challenge, that they are loving all of the cooking at home!”

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Virtual law firm created for Paralegal field placement

When Paralegal program coordinator Amy Maycock realized field placements were not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she started brainstorming creative solutions to ensure students could complete the 120-hour block placement needed to graduate and write the licensing exam.

Amy called the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) to discuss the situation and, during this conversation, the idea of a virtual law firm came up. She then spoke with Teaching & Learning Specialist Mary Overholt for guidance on which platform to use.

To give students variety, Amy created a multi-disciplinary law firm offering Landlord and Tenant Law, Small Claims Court, Provincial Offences and, if needed, Accident Benefits. To help develop scenarios and tasks for students to complete during placement, Amy connected with graduates for ideas.

Once Amy had a detailed plan, she submitted a lengthy proposal to the LSO for approval; this is needed for any major change, as Fleming is an accredited college. Once Amy received approval, she felt incredibly relieved and excited to deliver.

“I reached out to faculty and graduates and asked if they would volunteer to be placement principals and to act as clients,” said Amy. “The response was overwhelming; within hours, I had seven volunteers.”

Amy posted the placement position on D2L, held placement interviews online, and then the Fleming Virtual Law Firm was open!

For their placement, students used Microsoft Teams and Webex for communication and rotated through areas of law, spending one week in each discipline. Students completed tasks during their placement, including client interviews, drafting documents, researching case law, preparing legal memos and case briefs, and writing correspondence to both principals and clients.

“I think it was an overall success,” said Amy. “I believe it simulated as much of a real office as is virtually possible. It allowed students to apply what they had learned in school in a virtual setting. By successfully completing the virtual field placement, students can now write their Law Society licensing exam.”

Amy would like to thank her colleagues for their assistance and support: Victoria Orlandi, Janet Heeringa, Alushe Stafa, Kendra Kelly, Lisa McFadden, Vanessa Craig, Barbara Moyle, Diana Collis and Justin Stevens.

“I must give a special thank you to the students who completed the virtual field placement,” she said. “I could not have worked with a better group of students, and I thank them for entrusting me to get them to the finish line.”

Fleming faculty Liz Stone helps unveil community mosaic monument

The pebble mosaic located in Millennium Park, Peterborough, Ont., that honours sexual assault survivors and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).

A beautiful pebble mosaic honouring sexual assault survivors and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) is now part of Millennium Park in Peterborough, Ont. The monument was unveiled on Thursday, June 20, and Liz Stone, Academic Chair of Indigenous Perspectives in Fleming’s School of General Arts and Sciences, was one of many celebrating its completion.

Liz, who was the Executive Director of Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle and was involved in this project since its inception, said “Instead of feeling like an accomplishment, it felt like a start of something or continuation. I felt invigorated; it gave a lot of people a lot of energy, looking at what we did and how we can continue.”

Liz Stone speaking at the mosaic unveiling.

Liz shared that it was emotional to see all of the different pockets of her life come together at the unveiling. In attendance were family members, Fleming College students and colleagues, professional connections, members of Indigenous communities and more. “Having everyone in the same place was humbling and exciting,” she said.

The project is a collaboration between Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, and the First Peoples House of Learning. Toronto-based non-profit Red Dress Productions, which creates collaborative art projects for public spaces, partnered to create the mosaic and provided the stones.

“By necessity, not-for-profits build relationships because there isn’t any other way to get things done,” Liz explains. “But all of our jobs should be part of relationship building.”

The Millennium Park location was chosen because of its medicine wheel garden, created years ago by a not-for-profit collective whose focus was to create meaningful and respectful relationships with Indigenous people in Peterborough. Liz shared that they were looking for a way to grow that space in Millennium Park when Lisa Clarke, Executive Director of Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, approached them to collaborate with Red Dress Productions on a Countdown Public Art Legacy Project.

Launched in 2016, the Countdown Public Art Legacy Project is a series of pebble mosaics honouring sexual assault survivors across Ontario and currently has eight locations. The Peterborough mosaic build included 75 volunteers.

“The issues that I face as an Indigenous woman, they’re daunting. They’re big and they can drag someone down,” she shared. “For MMIW, I live in a city, not on a reserve, and my last name is anglicized; if I were to go missing, I would not be identified as an MMIW. I wouldn’t be counted in those statistics unless someone identified me as Indigenous. The importance of this is that it lifts up that heaviness to see that I have help and support, and in turn other marginalized groups have help and support. For marginalized people it can be depressing, but I can use my privilege of being at decision-making tables as a superpower to help others.”

Integrated Design program coordinator Barr Gilmore creates ‘prep school’ for design and life

barr-gilmoreWhen creating the Integrated Design program at Fleming College’s Haliburton School of Art + Design (HSAD), professor Barr Gilmore wanted to ensure students received more than a foundation in design studies.

“I think of it as not only a ‘prep school’ for a life in design, but also for life itself,” he says. “I encourage my students to dig deep, to develop their own manifestos and philosophies on life through self-knowledge. I ask them to listen to their dreams and personal desires, and to empathize with others less fortunate and/or different from themselves. In short, I ask them to design their own lives.”

The Integrated Design program, unique in Ontario, allows students to develop the fundamental design thinking, problem-solving skills and hands-on material culture needed to further their design education in whatever field they decide to pursue – graphic, fashion, interior or industrial design, urban planning, landscape architecture, sustainable building or architecture.

Barr, a graphic and industrial designer since 1996, has worked with numerous high profile clients. A former senior design associate at Bruce Mau Design, Barr started his own company, Barr Gilmore Art + Design, in 2005. He has won the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal as well as numerous awards for his book and exhibition designs. In 2009, he was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts for his graphic design work.

Now, as an educator, Barr believes he needs to lead by example. As such, he developed for his class an Integrated Design Manifesto, which sums up both his teaching and design philosophy:

  • DREAM BIG… then dream a little bigger.
  • LISTEN TO YOUR INTUITION… and your heart.
  • COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY… efficiently and with conviction.
  • SELL YOUR IDEAS… not your soul.
  • COLLABORATE WITH THE BEST… don’t neglect the rest.
  • PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS… and don’t drop the ball.
  • EXPERIMENT WITH LIFE… but take responsibility for your actions.
  • LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES… then try, try again.
  • APPLY YOURSELF NOW… make it happen.
  • BE A VISIONARY… more importantly, be yourself.

Back in 2012, when Barr was first contacted by HSAD Dean Sandra Dupret about creating a new program, he had never been to Haliburton and didn’t know much about the School.

“But I was intrigued at the possibility of starting a new program from scratch,” he says, having just completed his MDes in May 2011 at OCADU with an Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media and Design.

And so, Barr made the trip to Haliburton to check out the campus, the town and the possibilities.

“It was a beautiful fall day,” he recalls. “The leaves were on fire with colour and Head Lake was crystal clear and still. As I drove up to the school, I remembered thinking, ‘Wow, what a beautiful blue school nestled into the highland woods.’”

Entering the signature red doors, Barr says he could feel the energy of the place as he passed studios filled with people working calmly on their art.

“Everyone greeted me with a warm smile and made me feel welcomed.”

Though he was initially consulted about creating a graphic design program, Barr surmised his vision of a traditional classroom where students were sitting at desks, glued to laptops didn’t jive with what was happening within the creative culture at the Haliburton Campus.

“For me, it was more important that I create a program where art and design and craft meet on equal footing and that our students get an opportunity to experience hands-on material culture, as well as developing software application skills – in the hopes that interdisciplinary breakthroughs, inventions and methodologies would have a chance of happening on a regular basis.

As such, the idea for an Integrated Design program was born and the compressed, three-semester diploma program first launched in September 2014.

Since then, Barr has assembled a “kick-ass” line-up of practicing design professionals – material culturalist J.P. King, graphic designer and photographer Michael Barker, landscape architect and documentary filmmaker Joseph Clement, and 3D animation guru Chris Bahry, amongst others – to come up to Haliburton for intensive two-week courses, so as to provide his students with the most current contemporary culture and design wisdom.

Barr still maintains his graphic and environmental graphic design practice with an international client base, though, the more time he spends in Haliburton, the more his practice is shifting towards industrial design and the art of making, he says.

While teaching wasn’t something he initially set out to do, Barr says it has been a rewarding experience.

“It’s important to be adaptable to change,” he emphasizes. “I love seeing the light go on in a student’s head when you introduce them to an idea or an ideology that they hadn’t previously thought of. It’s exciting to see a student truly find themselves, become engaged and take ownership of their creativity. I also learn a lot from my students and I think that is what keeps me young at heart, current and engaged. I’ve been pretty lucky in life and love, in art and in design, so it’s nice to share my knowledge and experience with others.”

And since his first visit to Haliburton four years ago, Barr has become completely enamoured of it.

“I love the clean air, the fresh water, the abounding nature, the free-roaming wild animals, the friendly people, the talented artisans, the cross-country skiing at lunch behind the school, the social life of the curling club, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and floating aimlessly in the lakes and rivers of Haliburton County, the local micro brews, the farm fresh farmers’ markets, and the push toward sustainable living as well as owning a farm, an Airstream trailer, a truck and a ride-around snowblower/lawnmower and being able to share it all with my partner, our dog, our two horses and all the friends and family from the big bad city that come to visit us.”

Barr adds that he may not know what the future will bring, “but right now, at this moment in time, Haliburton is the place to be – and there is a lot of opportunity here. I love it.”

Child and Youth Care coordinator brings the real world to her classroom

cyc-coordinatorChild and Youth Care program coordinator Heather Sago brings the real world to her classroom. With more than 20 years of experience across Canada (Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Lethbridge, and Peterborough), Heather brings a national perspective on practice with children, youth and families.

Child and Youth Care (CYC) workers are an integral part of a treatment team and are involved in all facets of care. Fleming’s CYC program features leading-edge curriculum, including certification in the Therapeutic Use of Daily Life Events and over 1200 hours of field practicum experience.

“CYC to me is not just a job, but part of who I am,” said Heather, who has a BA in criminology from the University of Manitoba, a BSW from the University of Calgary, and an MSW with a child and youth care specialization from McGill University. “I hope to help students discover where their passions lie and how to integrate this into their personhood.”

Heather currently sits on the At Risk Youth Justice Committee & Judge’s Roundtable, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies Research Evaluation Advisory Committee, the Development & Implementation Committee for the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada, and international working groups.

“While I may have lots to share, I also can’t wait to see what the students will teach me. Everyone has something to bring to the table and every moment is a teachable one!” said Heather.

She is excited to bring the Indigenous Perspectives Designation to the table this year. This designation is optional for CYC students, and those who choose to access it will have a strong foundational basis in Indigenous Studies, which is marketable in the employment sector.

If you would like to provide opportunities for change in the lives of children and youth, Fleming is currently accepting applications for the January 2017 intake of the CYC program.

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!

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!”