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!”


Explore a Fleming Culinary Lab with this virtual tour:

Fleming College graduate Kimberly Coe feels honoured to be a nurse

Kimberly Coe, pictured before an N95 surgical mask, face shield and gloves were required as a protective measure.

Kimberly Coe felt anxious when the COVID-19 pandemic began, but now the Registered Practical Nurse feels comfortable with her new normal.

“I feel safe and surrounded by a good group of people,” said Kimberly, who works in the Palliative Unit and Complex Continuing Care at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).

In Kimberly’s 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.

“I love it. Is it hard? Yes. But I find caring for people to be a privilege,” she explains. “In Palliative Nursing, it’s not just about the patients, it’s about the families you touch.”

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’s nails. “In the message, she said it took her three months to find me,” Kimberly explains. “She told me, ‘my mom may not have known you were painting her nails, but I did. And that mattered to me. That made a difference to me.’”

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 – 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.

 “The Practical 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,” said Kimberly. “She said it would help get the wheels going and that really appealed to me. I enrolled and it was the best thing for me!”

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.

“Everything in the GHS program is all useful stuff and it’s a really great way to figure out what you want to do for your career,” said Kimberly. “I loved (coordinator) Susan Hyndman’s biology class; she is a phenomenal teacher and it was an unbelievable learning experience.”

Outside of class, Kimberly worked at the Fleming Campus Store and enjoyed taking study breaks in the Steele Centre. “I would go there to relax and listen to music, talk to friends, and close my books for a minute,” she said. “It’s important to take breaks and have fun too.”

To support her studies, Kimberly used Fleming Tutoring Services and highly recommends this academic support. “I never failed. My marks were high and I made the Dean’s List for the first time in my life!” she said. “People think you only use Tutoring when you’re failing, but you should go to Tutoring right from the start to help you succeed.”

After completing the GHS program in 2017, Kimberly enrolled in Practical Nursing and, during her last year at Fleming College, she was joined on campus by her daughter. Kimberly’s daughter is studying in Fleming’s School of Trades and Technology and Kimberly is proud of her for pursuing this profession.

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’s Pre-Health program to others and said she really enjoyed her Fleming College experience.

“People asked me when I started, ‘are you going to the Orientation?’ and I said, ‘of course I am!’ I loved that day; I had the most fun! And I wear my Fleming College buff from Orientation to the hospital!” she laughs. “I loved those days and I want to go back– I’d love to return and volunteer in the GHS program.”

Fleming College connects with future students via virtual live chat

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’s 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’s 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.

We look forward to chatting with you!

Fairhaven Long-Term Care feels like second family for Human Resources Coordinator Emily Campbell

Fairhaven Long-Term Care is a special place to work. For Human Resources Coordinator Emily Campbell, it feels like a second family.

“Our home has a great atmosphere. Everyone works together as a team,” said Emily. “I love being part of a team that positively impacts other lives. Whether I am an employee’s shoulder to lean on when they are having a difficult day, or simply taking time to listen and hear employees or residents, I love making residents and staff smile.”

As the Human Resources Coordinator at Fairhaven Long-Term Care, Emily is responsible for recruitment, onboarding and general orientation. She also does Human Resources data entry, serves as education coordinator for the e-learning database, and analyzes and records for the attendance support program.

And amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Emily is also responsible for implementing Human Resources changes to maintain the health and safety of staff and residents.

“There has been lots of change to my job and work routine,” said Emily, who ramped up recruitment to ensure Fairhaven is fully staffed and hired pandemic cleaners for above-and-beyond cleaning of the building.

Job interviews are now conducted online via Zoom instead of in-person, general orientation is compressed into a half-day to help limit the amount of people in the room; and face-to-face interactions amongst employees is very limited, as employees are required to stay in their home unit for their entire shift.

Although there are challenges working amidst the pandemic, Emily loves working at Fairhaven Long-Term Care.

She began working at Fairhaven in May 2018 on a temporary contract immediately after completing Fleming College’s Business Administration – Human Resources Management program. This was followed by a contract in Human Resources at Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board. In April 2019, Emily returned to Fairhaven for a permanent full-time role as Human Resources Coordinator.

“My most memorable experience at Fairhaven was our 2019 Fall Carnival,” said Emily on her best work experience. “Every year, Fairhaven has a Fall Carnival for residents, staff, and their families. The Fall Carnival event includes horse wagon rides, petting zoo, bouncy castle, and barbecue.”

Emily is happy she chose to pursue a career in Human Resources and highly recommends Fleming College. “My overall experience as a student at Fleming was amazing, one of the best life experiences I have had! I gained many friendships and mentors along the way, which I am very grateful for.”

Emily also developed many skills at Fleming College, including self-confidence, presentation skills, and effective organizing and planning.

“Whether it was in-class courses, simulations or placements, Fleming College gave me the knowledge and skills needed in order to succeed in real life, on-the-job situations.”

For those currently studying at Fleming College, Emily’s advice is: “don’t be scared to make mistakes– that’s how we learn. Make sure you ask questions. Get involved in the community and keep smiling!”

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.”

Paramedic Josh Hogan is confident in his Fleming College education, skills and knowledge

Although Josh Hogan is still new to the paramedic profession, he feels well-prepared for his career at Peterborough Paramedics thanks to his Fleming College education.

“Between labs and teaching, you’re ready to start as soon as you’ve finished the program,” said Josh, who graduated from Fleming’s Paramedic program in 2019 and General Arts and Science – College Health Science program (now called Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas) in 2017.

“My experience at Fleming was awesome. There’s an ambulance so you can practise driving, you can practise skills and scenarios anytime, graduates come back to give students feedback, and the faculty are fantastic.”

Josh decided to pursue this career after experiencing a hockey injury that led to paramedics arriving to help.

“I cut my leg badly playing hockey and the paramedics that came did an amazing job,” he explains. “To see how well they did their job and calmed everyone down made me want to do that one day.”

He took the General Arts and Science – College Health Science certificate to build a strong foundation before entering the competitive Paramedic program. He said this certificate helped him feel more prepared for the Paramedic program.

Now that Josh is working as a paramedic, he is certainly experiencing challenges amidst this global pandemic, however he feels confident in his skills and knowledge.

“I still enjoy it, but it is more stressful,” said Josh on working amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “Before, I wouldn’t feel stressed by normal calls, it would be car accidents that would bring stress; Now, every call is stressful. We’re trying not to bring anything home to family and friends.”

Josh explains that 911 dispatchers do a COVID-19 screening call and, when paramedics arrive, they ask a series of questions to determine whether additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required, such as face shields, masks and gowns. If the patient may have COVID-19, paramedics report to the hospital and bring the patient to a designated arrival area by ambulance.

Another change due to the COVID-19 pandemic is that family members can no longer ride in the ambulance with patients.

“It’s been a learning curve,” said Josh. “We’re not running into scenes; we’re making sure we’re okay first by screening and wearing PPE. I think some of these changes will stay now that we’ve experienced this.”

His advice to others is to continue to be cautious. “Don’t go out unless you need to, wash your hands and, if you’re sick, stay home and get a family member to run your errands.”

Allison Galbraith wins Fleming Business Student Award at 2020 Businesswomen of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Allison Galbraith, who is the recipient of the Fleming Business Student Award at the 2020 Businesswomen of the Year Awards!

Allison, who recently completed her final semester of Fleming’s Business Administration – Human Resources Management Advanced Diploma program, will receive the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN) award via mail as the WBN Awards Gala was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This award is sponsored by Inclusive Advisory.

“Each year, we continue to be amazed by the talent, dedication and enthusiasm of our post-secondary students,” said Grace Reynolds, WBN President. “Allison is an inspiring student leader who has demonstrated academic achievement in her respective discipline, as well as professional promise. On behalf of myself, the Board of Directors and WBN, we congratulate Allison on receiving this award and wish her much success.”

Allison is proud of this achievement and recognition. “It’s rewarding, and I feel grateful for the network of connections I’ve made at Fleming,” said Allison, who is completing her full semester placement with Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) focusing on Health and Safety.

Allison has a passion for the area of Health and Safety in Human Resources and aims to work in that field after graduating from Fleming College this year. During her placement at PRHC, Allison conducted mask fit testing for all employees, worked with the Health and Safety Department on the development of a new Supervisor Competency Training Program, participated in working groups throughout the hospital, and created risk assessments.

“It was a phenomenal experience to see behind-the-scenes of many PRHC operations,” said Allison on working amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “I found it particularly interesting the variety of skills and roles involved in every process. It was a hands-on, real-world experience that allowed me to try a little bit of everything while taking on significant responsibility in Health and Safety.”

Allison was nominated for the Fleming Student Business Award by program coordinator Joanne Tully for her leadership skills, engagement in class, volunteer experience, dedication and more. In addition to serving as Student Governor on Fleming’s Board of Governors, Allison maintains a 3.8 GPA, is a Peer Mentor, volunteers at Fleming’s Open House and Orientation events, is a student member of the Human Resources Professionals Association (Peterborough Chapter), volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and has taught math, English and physical education in Tanzania, Africa.

Outside of school, work and volunteer activities, Allison is a wife and mother. The Fleming student said returning to school as a mature student with a young son was intimidating at first, but the resources and supports at Fleming College helped with the transition.

“I quickly learned being a mature student is respected in the Fleming community,” she shared. “Advice I’d give to other parents is to take the leap, you will surprise yourself with how quickly you can fit Fleming into your life.”

In addition to winning the Fleming Business Student Award at the 2020 Businesswomen of the Year Awards, Allison has been recognized for her academic achievements several times during her Fleming studies. She earned the Outstanding Student Award, received a Dean’s Letter for all semesters, and was awarded the Human Resources Professional Association Award.

She is currently working towards her Canadian Registered Safety Professional Designation through the University of Fredericton and Certified Human Resources Professional Designation (CHRP), governed by the Human Resources Professionals Association. Allison is committed to lifelong learning and holds a diploma in Police Foundations and certificates in CPR/First Aid and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Code White – emergency response to a violent person.

Congratulations, Allison!

Fleming College welcomes new students with Virtual Orientation

Fleming College launched its Spring semester on Tuesday, May 19 through online and alternate delivery. Although we are disappointed we can’t meet Fleming students in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to welcome them to the new virtual space!

To welcome new students, Fleming College is hosting a Virtual Orientation. This virtual event is an opportunity for students to meet with faculty and peers, get program information, discover resources and supports, and more.

Fleming College President Maureen Adamson also delivered a video message to welcome new students:

The Mental Health And Addiction Worker, Practical Nursing, Project Management, Social Service Worker, and Supply Chain Management – Global Logistics programs are all offering first semester online, as faculty have adapted courses to ensure students can achieve learning outcomes. On May 19 and May 20, students in these programs had the opportunity to meet their coordinator, classmates and get information about their program at their Academic Program Orientation Session.

Virtual Orientation also features sessions on student services, off-campus housing, counselling, online learning and more. This includes Introduction to Student Services (Thursday, May 28 at 1 p.m.), Learning Online @ Fleming: What You Need to Know! (Tuesday, May 26 at 11 a.m.), and Housing (May 27 at 10 a.m., meeting number 735 723 262; May 29 at 10 a.m., meeting number 735 723 262).

On the Orientation webpage, students can also find links to key contacts for assistance, and resources and supports such as the Library and Tutoring & Academic Skills Centre. The goal of Virtual Orientation is to help students get a successful start to the semester.

Although Fleming College faculty and staff would love to meet new students in-person, the virtual learning space provides the opportunity to meet virtually, share resources and supports, and help ensure student success.

We wish all our students the best on their academic journey and, if you need anything, support is just a click away!

Week in Review: May 22, 2020

Each week, we are sharing a review of what the Fleming College community is doing to support our students, each other, and our communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share your story on social media and tag #FlemingCollege.

This week marks the start of Fleming’s Spring semester, which is being offered online and through alternate delivery format amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. To welcome new students, Fleming College is hosting a Virtual Orientation Week for students to meet their faculty and peers, get information about their program, discover resources and supports, and more. It also features a welcome message from Fleming President Maureen Adamson.

To help students access Counselling, Health and Wellness resources in one easy-to-find location, Fleming launched a new Personal Wellness Supports Hub. There are apps and tips on how to stay healthy, stay active and have fun; students can join meditation and yoga classes, and can reach out if they need to talk.

There are many services and resources to support students on their Fleming College journey. This includes academic support through the Learning Strategies Team, accommodations through Fleming Accessibility Counsellors, medical care through Fleming Health Services, and more. And to de-stress and have some fun, students can participate in Fleming Student Administrative Council’s Facebook events and daily fitness classes.

Fleming faculty and staff did an amazing job adapting many academic programs to an online and alternate delivery format. And behind-the-scenes, they are receiving incredible support and guidance from Fleming’s Learning Design & Support Team, who even organized a Virtual Teaching & Learning Week for faculty.

To ensure faculty and staff feel connected, engaged and supported amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Fleming President Maureen Adamson is hosting virtual Town Hall meetings. Fleming employees are also receiving lots of support at home from their furry friends, as shown in the #FlemingPaws series on Twitter; we encourage all faculty and staff to tweet a photo of their pet using the hashtag #FlemingPaws.

To support our communities, President Adamson appeared on “Politically Speaking,” the College sponsored the Ontario Envirothon Virtual Lab to promote environmental learning; and on World Bee Day, Fleming shared information on protecting and bringing back bee diversity and populations. Fleming College also raised awareness about International Day Against Homophobia, Transpobia, and Biphobia on May 17. And this weekend, we are wishing our Muslim students and employees a joyous Eid as they celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Fleming College is incredibly proud of our amazing students and alumni using their Fleming education to help others. This includes Fleming student Vanessa Raaymakers, who was recognized on Personal Support Worker Day (May 19) for her PSW work amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

As we continue to face challenges amidst this global pandemic, we are proud of the support our Fleming community is providing to our students, each other, and our communities. We will get through this together.