Rochelle Byrne, Fleming
Ecosystem Management Technology graduate (Class of 2012), is proud to stand up
for what she believes in. To raise awareness of plastic pollution, Rochelle stand-up
paddleboarded 430km across Lake Ontario.
‚ÄúI wanted to do this
stand-up paddle to raise awareness of plastic pollution because, after doing
hundreds of litter clean-ups along the shores of Lake Ontario, I found that
plastic was the most common thing being found,” said Rochelle. “Some
of it is coming from unexpected sources and a lot of it is completely
Rochelle is the founder of A
Greener Future, a non-profit organization that promotes environmental
preservation through organized litter cleanups, educational programs and
events. This includes the Love Your Lake series, comprising 100 organized
litter cleanups along Lake Ontario. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, A
Greener Future was not able to host this event series in 2020.
Still committed to raising
awareness about pollution in Lake Ontario, Rochelle decided to use her stand-up
paddleboard and document her journey on social media to help educate others.
‚ÄúI saw raw sewage in the
lake, there were some smelly areas and dead fish,‚ÄĚ said Rochelle, who spent 92
hours stand-up paddleboarding. ‚ÄúI‚Äôll be sharing the full paddling journey
through my personal Instagram (@rochellebyrneagf) over the coming months.‚ÄĚ
While Rochelle always cared
about nature and animals, it wasn‚Äôt until her experience at Fleming‚Äôs School of
Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences that she developed a passion for
‚ÄúI took Fleming‚Äôs Ecosystem Management
program and that‚Äôs where I became aware of the impact I have on the
environment. Before attending classes at Frost (Fleming‚Äôs Lindsay campus), I
really didn‚Äôt know the impact I had,‚ÄĚ Rochelle explains. ‚ÄúThat was really a
starting point for me on protecting the environment. It also gave me the
opportunity to network and meet like-minded people.‚ÄĚ
Rochelle is a proud Fleming
College graduate and welcomes any like-minded people to volunteer at A Greener
Future. To apply to volunteer, please visit A Greener
Do you have questions about your timetable, myCampus, OSAP and more? Graiden VanderVeen, Administrative Assistant to the Registrar, is here to help! Below, Graiden answers frequently asked questions sent to Fleming College‚Äôs Registrar‚Äôs Office.
How do I register for classes and get my timetable?
Timetables will be available starting the week of August 24, 2020 (timetables for some programs will be available later in the week, so please be patient as we release them). To view your timetable, you will need to access myCampus. After you login to myCampus, you will use the ‚ÄúMy Student Centre‚ÄĚ link from the menu on the left side of your screen.
Is Fleming College’s myCampus web portal important?
It‚Äôs a really good idea to get logged into myCampus as soon as possible and explore all of the tools available to you inside this portal. The myCampus portal links to other important services such as ‚ÄúMy Mail‚ÄĚ for your student email, ‚ÄúMy Courses (D2L)‚ÄĚ for access to course resources, and ‚ÄúMy Files(H:)‚ÄĚ for accessing your files stored on the Fleming network. All of your most important student information is stored within ‚ÄúMy Student Centre‚ÄĚ; this is where you will go to find your full timetable, financial information (such as balance due), final grades, contact information, etc.
What if I can‚Äôt see my timetable?
Timetables will be available for full-time
students who have paid fees or have been approved through other financial
arrangements, such as OSAP. New students with outstanding admissions
requirements and returning students with academic holds will not see their
timetables. Timetables will be available starting the week of August 24, but it
may take a few days for your timetable to be loaded to your Student Centre. If
you have met all the requirements, including paying your full fees or making
financial arrangements, and your timetable isn‚Äôt available by August 28, please
reach out to us:
Security, intelligence and investigation professionals work on the
frontlines and behind-the-scenes to protect people, businesses, institutions
and infrastructure‚ÄĒ including during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amidst the pandemic, more than 10 Fleming College Protection, Security and Investigation (PSI) students are putting their knowledge and skills to use at Peterborough
Regional Health Centre. They are working for GardaWorld Security Services to
help keep healthcare workers and patients safe.
When GardaWorld was tasked to immediately increase support at hospitals
due to the pandemic, National Operations Director Justin Sharrard provided the
opportunity to Fleming College students first.
was a sensitive situation with strict requirements, and we knew the Fleming
students would have the qualifications and foundation to carry out the duties
professionally and safely,‚ÄĚ said Justin. ‚ÄúI have always been impressed by the
professionalism and dedication of Fleming students.‚ÄĚ
GardaWorld hired Fleming PSI
applicants ranging from first-year students to graduates. Graduates took more
advanced security roles, while students are working in specialized Customer
Service Agent roles at access points throughout the facility. Customer Service
Agents help communicate and enforce quarantine policies to further protect
medical staff and patients.
PSI program coordinator Christine
O’Neill-Hawthorne is proud of the Fleming College students and graduates
working amidst the pandemic to help others. ‚ÄúI am very proud of the
courage, commitment, determination and work ethic that PSI students demonstrate every day that they go
to work in this environment,‚ÄĚ said Christine.
PSI student Grace Matser said working amidst the pandemic has been truly
enriching, both personally and professionally. ‚ÄúThis is an incredible experience for me, as a
soon-to-be third semester student of the Protection, Security and Investigation
program at Fleming College,‚ÄĚ said Grace. ‚ÄúThis opportunity has allowed me to
help the community, as well as gain the personal experience in the healthcare
industry side of security.‚ÄĚ
Fellow student Trusha Sojitra is also working at PRHC. Trusha is grateful for the opportunity and said she is thankful to everyone working on the frontlines. ‚ÄúWe are in this together,‚ÄĚ said Trusha. ‚ÄúBe kind and stay safe.‚ÄĚ
About the Protection, Security and Investigation program: The PSI sector is recognized as one of the fastest growing
fields in the world. In Fleming College‚Äôs Protection, Security and
Investigations diploma program, students develop the knowledge, skills and
capabilities to work in a wide variety of roles. This four-semester program
focuses on new concepts in technology, intelligence analytics and investigative
skills. This diverse range of marketable skills are essential to your success
as an industry professional. Learn more about this program here; the next intake is September 2020.
New and prospective Fleming College students can get a jump
start on September with Fleming
College Welcome Days! This virtual event is July
13, 2020 for Sutherland Campus students and July 17, 2020 for Frost Campus
students, from 8:30 a.m. to noon online.
Welcome Days, students and prospective students can learn about their online
learning space, carry out practical and administrative
tasks, hear from student leaders, make social connections, speak directly with
Financial Aid staff, and more.
This virtual event features interactive
hosted sessions for students and parents, opportunities to connect with Fleming
College staff and student leaders, and an ‚ÄėAsk Me Anything‚Äô room to help
navigate this online experience.
Below are the virtual sessions and
specialization rooms offered at Welcome Days:
Ask Me Anything Virtual Reception:
Available to help guide students around this virtual event and answer Welcome
Welcome Session: Discover what Welcome
Days has to offer.
Parent Session: This session for parents
and guardians covers the resources available to support a successful transition
to Fleming College.
Student Panel: Meet student leaders and
staff at Fleming College, learn about student life, and how to get involved and
Online Learning: This session covers
tips, tricks and tools to help students succeed in the online learning space.
Indigenous Student Support and Opportunities:
Learn about services, supports, resources and opportunities available to
Indigenous students at Fleming College.
Canadian Culture: This session is an introduction
to culture and Canadian norms for students who are new to Canada.
Drop into these sessions to chat and get
Fleming College Student Experience is excited to launch Learning Online at Fleming College, an online module to help students connect with academic supports, discover useful resources, and develop skills and strategies to become a successful online learner.
Fleming College students have access to a wide range of digital tools and technology, and Learning Online at Fleming College aims to help students navigate these platforms and understand the academic skills and strategies that go along with learning online.
‚ÄúI hope that students, as well as faculty, benefit from this site and that it helps them thrive in online and blended learning environments,‚ÄĚ said David Luinstra, Manager, Library and Tutoring & Academic Skills.
‚ÄúThis site provides students with a comprehensive guide to both the technical skills required to use platforms like our learning management system and videoconferencing solutions; but also advice that isn‚Äôt always associated with online learning, like how to effectively set up your study space, deliver a virtual presentation, and maintain your physical and mental health while working primarily in an online environment,‚ÄĚ said David.
The Skills & Strategies module provides helpful tips and effective learning strategies, the Technology module covers a variety of online platforms and digital tools that support learning online; and the Academic Support module includes key resources, how to access academic supports, and important information about the skills needed to succeed in coursework. For convenience, all links and resources from each module are available in the Resources module.
Lotton graduated from Fleming College two years ago, she never imagined working
alongside her mother at Ross Memorial Hospital. Nor did she imagine working
amidst a global pandemic. But working in healthcare is right where Mackenzie
wants to be.
is nothing more rewarding than going into work knowing that you are able to
make an impact on someone else‚Äôs life,‚ÄĚ said Mackenzie. ‚ÄúThe good days outweigh
the bad, and the bad days are what make me a stronger nurse.‚ÄĚ
was inspired by her mother ‚Äď a nurse for 30 years now – to become a nurse, as
she grew up seeing what a rewarding career it is to help others, impact lives,
and learn something new every day.
She chose Fleming College‚Äôs Practical Nursing program for her post-secondary education because she heard positive reviews about the program and the student experience at Fleming College, and the Sutherland Campus is commuting distance to her home in Lindsay, Ontario.
‚ÄúI would recommend Fleming‚Äôs
Practical Nursing program to others,‚ÄĚ said Mackenzie, who graduated in 2018. ‚ÄúFleming
helped me achieve my goal to become a nurse in a manner that I don‚Äôt believe
any other school could have. It prepared me for the real world of nursing the
best that it could.‚ÄĚ
Mackenzie now works in the
Emergency Department at Ross Memorial Hospital, working as part of a healthcare
team to care for patients in the best possible manner.
‚ÄúTwo years ago, I never thought I
would be working in a hospital in my hometown, let alone working in a busy
emergency department alongside my mom,‚ÄĚ said Mackenzie. ‚ÄúThere have been many
ups and downs over the last two years of my new career, but I would not change
a single thing about it.‚ÄĚ
Mackenzie shared that she has
learned so much from her colleagues and feels incredibly supported by them as
she grows her career. This strong bond with her team is one of many reasons
Mackenzie believes it is important for her to continue working amidst the
‚ÄúEveryone is working long hours
and we all need that extra support of knowing that we are never alone in any of
this and there is always help with you need it,‚ÄĚ said Mackenzie.
She shared that her biggest goal
is to be able to help patients and provide comfort, explaining, ‚ÄúMany of these
patients that are coming into the hospital have to face all of the
uncertainties alone, so if I can make a difference in someone‚Äôs hospital visit
then I can leave my shift at the end of the day knowing I did my job the way it
needed to be done.‚ÄĚ
Mackenzie said her work routine
has changed amidst the pandemic, which includes: wearing street clothing to
work, wearing a mask, entering through a specific door, answering multiple
questions and having her temperature taken by a screener, and changing into
provided scrubs in her department.
‚ÄúWork has changed from the minute
I start my day until it ends due to rules that have been put in place to
protect everyone,‚ÄĚ she said.
Mackenzie‚Äôs advice to everyone is
to be patient with frontline workers, who are doing their best to keep the
community and themselves safe.
‚ÄúWith some restrictions being
lifted, please keep in mind that we all still have to be smart with what we do
in our everyday lives,‚ÄĚ said Mackenzie, advising to handwash frequently. ‚ÄúThe
number of cases is beginning to decrease; however, this will only continue if
we all work together as a community and country.‚ÄĚ
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.
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.
‚ÄúThis is a way better course now, but it will never
replace face-to-face!‚ÄĚ said Mike, who thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of
thinking differently to create and deliver a rich and rewarding experience for
students. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm going to continue using much of the work I have created the next
time the course is delivered face-to-face.‚ÄĚ
Ecosystem Management Technician student Noah Opper is
pleased with the in-depth preparation work Mike has made for the Trees and
Shrubs course. ‚ÄúI was very skeptical of how well this course would go online,‚ÄĚ
Noah shared. ‚ÄúHowever, 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!‚ÄĚ
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‚Äôs 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.
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.
‚ÄúCooks need to be adaptable and flexible. You can‚Äôt
worry about what you don‚Äôt have; you work with what you have because, in this
industry, you have to deliver right away,‚ÄĚ said Steve, explaining that cooks
are often expected to create off-menu items or adapt dishes based on dietary
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 cr√®me,
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.
‚ÄúThere 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,‚ÄĚ said Steve.
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.
‚ÄúThe future of the Culinary industry certainly
includes food boxes and take-out, and restaurants will rely on this,‚ÄĚ said
Steve. ‚ÄúThese food boxes will really add another layer of learning to the
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.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve heard from parents already, from the Fridge and Pantry Challenge, that they are loving all of the cooking at home!‚ÄĚ
Explore a Fleming Culinary Lab with this virtual tour:
Kimberly Coe felt anxious when the COVID-19 pandemic began,
but now the Registered Practical Nurse feels comfortable with her new normal.
‚ÄúI feel safe and surrounded by a good group of people,‚ÄĚ said
Kimberly, who works in the Palliative Unit and Complex Continuing Care at
Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).
In Kimberly‚Äôs new work routine, she wears street clothes to
work and changes into uniform at the hospital. She also wears an N95 surgical mask,
face shield and gloves as a protective measure.
But adapting her work routine is worth it because Kimberly
loves being a nurse.
‚ÄúI love it. Is it hard? Yes. But I find caring for people to
be a privilege,‚ÄĚ she explains. ‚ÄúIn Palliative Nursing, it‚Äôs not just about the
patients, it‚Äôs about the families you touch.‚ÄĚ
One special moment was when Kimberly received a private
Facebook message from the daughter of a patient who had passed away.
Three months earlier, Kimberly had painted that patient‚Äôs
nails. ‚ÄúIn the message, she said it took her three months to find me,‚ÄĚ Kimberly
explains. ‚ÄúShe told me, ‚Äėmy mom may not have known you were painting her nails,
but I did. And that mattered to me. That made a difference to me.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Kimberly loves helping others and has always spent time
caring for her family, friends and neighbours. She decided to pursue her dream
of being a nurse at 51 years old when, after a late summer night chatting with
a friend, she felt encouraged to apply to Fleming College.
Unfortunately Kimberly was not accepted into the Practical
Nursing program, but she was encouraged to consider the General Arts and
Science ‚Äď College Health Science (GHS) program (now called Pre-Health
Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas). GHS is a pathway program
that prepares students for admission to college programs in health sciences,
biology or chemical sciences.
Nursing coordinator at the time said the GHS program would be a good thing for
me to do because I had been out of school for a long time,‚ÄĚ said Kimberly. ‚ÄúShe
said it would help get the wheels going and that really appealed to me. I
enrolled and it was the best thing for me!‚ÄĚ
Kimberly balanced her studies with personal
responsibilities, including being a single mom to a 16-year-old and home
ownership, and is happy with her decision to return to college. She encourages
anyone considering a nursing career to take the Pre-Health program because it
prepares students for college and helps with the transition.
‚ÄúEverything in the GHS program is all useful stuff and it‚Äôs
a really great way to figure out what you want to do for your career,‚ÄĚ said
Kimberly. ‚ÄúI loved (coordinator) Susan Hyndman‚Äôs biology class; she is a
phenomenal teacher and it was an unbelievable learning experience.‚ÄĚ
Outside of class, Kimberly worked at the Fleming Campus
Store and enjoyed taking study breaks in the Steele Centre. ‚ÄúI would go there to
relax and listen to music, talk to friends, and close my books for a minute,‚ÄĚ
she said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs important to take breaks and have fun too.‚ÄĚ
To support her studies, Kimberly used Fleming Tutoring
Services and highly recommends this academic support. ‚ÄúI never failed. My marks
were high and I made the Dean‚Äôs List for the first time in my life!‚ÄĚ she said.
‚ÄúPeople think you only use Tutoring when you‚Äôre failing, but you should go to
Tutoring right from the start to help you succeed.‚ÄĚ
After completing the GHS program in 2017, Kimberly enrolled
Nursing and, during her last year at Fleming College, she was joined on
campus by her daughter. Kimberly‚Äôs daughter is studying in Fleming‚Äôs School of
Trades and Technology and Kimberly is proud of her for pursuing this
While her daughter continues studying at Fleming College,
Kimberly is proud that her education led to employment. After completing
consolidation in the Palliative Unit at PRHC and graduating in 2019, Kimberly
was hired immediately as a Registered Practical Nurse.
She highly recommends Fleming‚Äôs Pre-Health program to others
and said she really enjoyed her Fleming College experience.
‚ÄúPeople asked me when I started, ‚Äėare you going to the
Orientation?‚Äô and I said, ‚Äėof course I am!‚Äô I loved that day; I had the most
fun! And I wear my Fleming College buff from Orientation to the hospital!‚ÄĚ she
laughs. ‚ÄúI loved those days and I want to go back– I‚Äôd love to return and
volunteer in the GHS program.‚ÄĚ
As Fleming College prepares for its Fall semester, a helpful live chat feature has been added to the Fleming College website to help prospective students get their questions answered.
Since prospective students are unable to visit Fleming College due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has adapted to ensure prospective students have the information they need to make their post-secondary decision. This includes virtual tours to see Fleming‚Äôs Sutherland Campus, Frost Campus and Haliburton Campus, and adding a live chat to the Fleming College website.
The live chat is monitored Monday to Friday by Fleming‚Äôs Student Recruitment team, who are happy to connect with prospective students to answer their questions, share information about Fleming College programs, and connect them with resources and services.
Whether you are starting your post-secondary research and are curious about programs at Fleming College or have received an offer of admission and want more information, the live chat feature is a great resource to get the information you need.
And when the live chat service is unavailable, a contact box will appear for visitors to leave a note with their contact information. Once received, a member of the Student Recruitment team will follow up as soon as possible.