Fleming Hospitality graduate Jasmine Madalena continues studies to earn degree in Ireland

Jasmine Madalena’s climb up the Knocknarea mountain serves as a metaphor for her study abroad experience in Ireland.

“I met people along the way, I wanted to give up many times, I got to see the most breathtaking landscape and, at the end when I got to the top, I felt proud, excited and ready to see more,” Jasmine explains.

After graduating from Fleming College’s Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Operations program in 2017, Jasmine decided to continue her studies and have an amazing adventure in Ireland by earning her Bachelor of Business in Tourism with Event Management at IT Sligo. Jasmine received credit recognition for her two years of study at Fleming College, which she applied towards her degree.

“My number one goal in life is to travel to as many places as this world has to offer,” said Jasmine, who grew up travelling with her family and especially enjoyed their trips to Disney World.

Jasmine enrolled in Fleming’s Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Operations program for a career that could take her around the world, and decided to start her independent travels by studying abroad.

“Studying abroad gave me that opportunity to travel Europe and get my bachelor’s at the same time,” said Jasmine, who visited Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher, kissed the Blarney Stone, enjoyed a Game of Thrones Tour and more during her time in Ireland.

“It was amazing, an unforgettable experience of learning– not just the program, but what Ireland has to offer as well,” said Jasmine. “The program can be difficult, but it taught me a lot. Most of the projects were in teams, which allowed me to meet new people and make new friends that I am still in contact with.’

‘I do believe that the things I’ve learned at both Fleming and IT Sligo are very useful knowledge that I use daily. It did help me get a job after college, and I’m sure it will help me even more in the future.”

Jasmine says she didn’t enjoy school growing up and it wasn’t until Fleming College that she began to love learning. She explains, “Growing up, I didn’t really enjoy school. But going to Fleming, learning something I wanted to learn, got me excited to continue my studies. I also got to meet some pretty amazing people.”

Jasmine enjoyed the Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Operations program – especially the class field trips to visit different hotels – and is appreciative of the amazing faculty at Fleming College.

“I’ll never stop learning,” said Jasmine. “My only plan is to find the right career and to see the world, and I know I’ll be able to with the mindset that I have. By loving myself and staying positive, I know that everything I want in life will happen.”

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!”

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!

Hospitality graduate Sophia Darling uses Fleming College skills at Fairmont Royal York

Sophia Darling, Executive Meeting Manager at Fairmont Royal York, always knew a career in hospitality was the right path for her. But with so many areas of hospitality to work in, Sophia wasn’t always sure what area to focus on.

After working in food and beverage, Sophia believed she should move into culinary as a pastry chef. “But after exploring this idea, I realized that my true passion was working with people rather than cakes!” she laughs.

While navigating the Fleming College website, Sophia discovered the Hotel and Restaurant Management program and realized it was a great fit for her. “I saw that the classes offered ranged from Business and Accounting, to Travel and Tourism, Revenue and Hotel Management, as well as Food Service and Restaurant Operations,” she explains. “The diversity of the classes piqued my interest and I decided to enrol.”

Sophia (right) during her Fleming College studies with classmate Cynthia Martschini (née Shaw)

Sophia said Fleming helped prepare her for a career in the industry. As Executive Meeting Manager at Fairmont Royal York, Sophia said she uses skills from Fleming’s Accounting course to provide estimates to clients, knowledge from Revenue Management to quote meeting space prices, and often uses skills developed through sales and client relationships discussions at Fleming College.

“Fleming College allowed me to learn about so many different fields of the hospitality industry,” said Sophia. “I think this helped me understand how multi-faceted this industry is and the benefit of having experience across different industry segments. Through the interactions with my classmates and professors, I also learned the importance of developing relationships and learning from the people around you – group work doesn’t stop when you graduate. You will always have to work with others as a team, and success truly comes from collaboration!”

As a Fleming College student, Sophia participated in the Student Work Experience Program and worked at Fairmont Banff Springs during the summer of 2014. After graduating from Fleming College in 2015, she continued her education at the University of Guelph through Fleming Education Pathways and earned her Bachelor of Commerce Honours in two years.

“Fleming College truly provided the hands-on learning experience that helped me transition into university,” said Sophia. “I learned so much from my fellow classmates and from my program coordinator, Jennifer Rishor. As a student navigating my education and career path, I was fortunate to have Jennifer as such a big proponent to the growth and development of not only myself, but of all of the students in our program!”

Sophia continued to grow her career with Fairmont. She participated in the SUMMIT Leadership Development Program – Food & Beverage Management from 2017 to 2018, and worked as Catering Sales Coordinator, Catering Sales Manager, and is now the Executive Meeting Manager.

Sophia’s advice to current and prospective students interested in this industry is to get involved and network. “You never know who you will come across or work with in your career after graduating,” she said. “Learn as much as you can about all of the different areas of this industry—the more experience you have, the more of an asset you will be!”

Business Administration graduate continues education journey in Ireland

It was a code red weather warning that made Claire Campbell think of home during her student exchange in Ireland. Specifically, Canadian winters.

“It snowed about 12 centimetres,” said Claire, who was attending LIT in Limerick, Ireland for her student exchange at the time. “It was funny because in Canada we see snow all the time but in Ireland it was almost a crisis.”

Schools were closed for days, people stocked up on food, and shops struggled to keep bread and milk supplied, said Claire. But the Fleming Business Administration student, who had experienced many harsh Canadian winters, was unfazed and enjoyed her time.

“I had visited my friend for the weekend and we all stayed at home eating food and playing in the snow,” she said. “We were using sacks of coal as toboggans and every house you drove by had a snowman in the front yard. It was fun to see the Irish experience snow, but also it gave me a little taste of home.”

Claire decided to travel to Ireland for the student exchange at LIT because she wanted to broaden her cultural experience and challenge herself in a different educational environment.

“It’s important to take every opportunity that comes your way and I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t,” explains Claire. “I am extremely thankful for Fleming College and all of the amazing opportunities I’ve had.”

Claire recommends the exchange because it introduces a new world of education, culture, perspectives, people and experiences. She describes it as the biggest and best decision she has ever made.

“The most valuable thing I’ve gained from my experience abroad is my self-perception and independence. It takes a lot to move to a new country completely on your own,” said Claire, a self-described homebody. “I thrive challenge and this whole experience has motivated me to step out of my comfort zone, meet new people, and try new things.” 

Claire moved back home after her six-month student exchange and graduated from Fleming’s Business Administration program in 2019. She was employed as a Project Assistant at BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada, but dreamed of returning to Ireland to continue her education journey.

“It was a very tough decision for me to quit my job, sell my car and move to the other side of the world, but I don’t regret it at all,” said Claire, who is now earning her Level 8 Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the Cork Institute of Technology. “I believe it’s extremely important to invest in your personal and professional growth, and the experience itself is priceless.”

Claire describes Ireland as a beautiful country with so much to see and do, and an amazing transportation system to help you explore it. “The people are friendly, the teachers are dedicated, and the culture is one-of-a-kind,” she adds.

Claire plans to graduate from the Cork Institute of Technology this May and believes her educational experience in Canada and Ireland will benefit her career.

“I have learned an abundance of new skills and I enjoy the applied style of learning, which helped push myself out of my comfort zone,” said Claire of her Fleming College experience. “Educational experience in both a Canadian college and an Irish institution has given me a versatile professional background.”

College is more than a diploma for Rory Morley, it’s a chance to stand out

Rory Morley wanted more from his college experience than just a diploma, he wanted to stand out.

“If you go to college just for classes, then it’s just another course on your CV,” said Rory, Business Administration – Marketing graduate (Class of 2019). “That’s where Enactus comes in.”

Enactus Fleming is a student-led entrepreneurial club where students apply their skills to entrepreneurship, participate in workshops, impact the economic growth of international communities, and start a business on campus. Rory joined Enactus Fleming during his second year, wanting to get more involved in the business world and participate in sales competitions.

Rory’s first competition was the Great Canadian Sales Competition, where he represented Fleming College all the way to the Finals. He started collaborating more with faculty advisor Raymond Yip Choy to become more competitive during his final year at Fleming, going on to speak at the regional competition in Mississauga.

“Raymond didn’t push me, but he really motivated me to do it and to develop those skills,” said Rory on pitching ideas at Enactus competitions against other post-secondary students. “But it’s just a really rewarding group to be a part of. You’re helping genuine people and these are genuine lives. It’s across functions: sustainability, people, business, and more.”

Rory’s favourite project for Enactus Fleming is Project United, which welcomed elementary students from King Albert School in Lindsay, Ont., to Fleming’s Sutherland Campus in Peterborough, introducing them to post-secondary school.

“This is a school that has no money, so there are no field trips at that school,” Rory explains. “So we went to the school and talked to the children there, and gave them a chance to come to Fleming. They came here and built chairs, cooked in the kitchen, took a tour of the campus… and they looked at college as a place they want to be.”

Through Enactus Fleming, Rory said he developed business acumen, teamwork skills, project management, learned how to behave in an executive presence as well as the ability to talk in a business environment, and more.

“As a measure of success, I wouldn’t have the job I have today without Enactus,” said Rory. “In the second stage of my interview, she specifically asked about Enactus.”

Rory currently works as an Account Manager at Gartner, a research and advisory company that provides senior leaders with business insights, advice and tools to build their organizations. His career is based in Egham, Surrey in England and although that took Rory far from Canada, it helped bring him back home.

Rory is from Windlesham, Surrey and what led him to Canada was a love of sport. Rory is a soccer (or “football”) player and discovered Fleming College in Peterborough, Ont., through the varsity soccer team. Rory joined the Fleming Knights and played on the men’s soccer team for three years, and also served as captain.

“For me it was brilliant,” he said. “In the past, I struggled to keep up with academics from a motivation standpoint, but Fleming Athletics gave me the structure of class and sport, and you still have time to enjoy college. And the social side of varsity is brilliant because it gave me friends immediately, who are part of the team.”

Rory’s advice to future and current Fleming students is to separate themselves from the rest.

“Do more than the program because it is competitive out there,” he explains. “Join Enactus, do philanthropy, play a sport, get involved and make the most of your Fleming experience.”

Meet Social Media Ambassador Joao Borges

Given Joao “John” Borges’s ability to effectively manage a very busy schedule, it is not surprising he is in the Project Management program at Fleming College.

In this post-graduate program, students develop skills and knowledge to efficiently manage all aspects of a project to achieve organizational goals. For John, time management and organizational skills are key to his student success at Fleming, where he serves as Director of Student Administrative Council and Communications Lead in Enactus Fleming, while attending school full-time.

“I love getting involved on campus!” said John. “I have been involved with SAC and Enactus Fleming for almost two years now. I would say these are my favourite ones, as I get to do different things every week, engage and meet students, while improving my  skills and doing good for my campus.”

After graduating from the Business Administration – Marketing program this year, John decided to continue his studies at Fleming College and take the Project Management graduate certificate to further build his resume. His career goal is to work in advertising one day.

“I believe learning about the Project Management areas will be an asset to my career path,” he explains. “Fleming offers a stellar Project Management program and I’ve heard wonderful things from students that already graduated and are now currently working.”

In addition to his studies at Fleming, John also took a part-time position in Fleming’s Marketing Department. He is working as a Social Media Ambassador, creating content for Fleming College’s social media accounts.

“This is a huge milestone for the career path I want to pursue and I believe I will be learning great things with the Fleming Marketing team,” said John. “Secondly, I want to contribute to Fleming and give back to the students, and I want to try to showcase all the great things that Fleming has to offer!”

John loves the “lively and vibrant atmosphere” at Sutherland Campus, the amount of opportunities to get involved, and the support students receive from staff and faculty.

“At Fleming, everyone wants you to succeed, so ask as many questions as you can,” said John. “Try to step out of your comfort zone and take advantage of all the opportunities Fleming provides, because trust me, there’s always something that matches your interests!”

Timing is everything for Grad Recruiter Alannah Kennedy

Timing is everything.

The first time Alannah Kennedy came to Fleming College, she started right after high school in 2008, she didn’t feel ready for post-secondary school and she left during the winter semester.

The second time Alannah came to Fleming College, she was a mature student in 2017, she felt ready and excited to begin her studies, and she proudly completed the Office Administration – Executive program.

“I chose to return to Fleming and commute from Oshawa because I never forgot how Fleming made me feel; Fleming was like a family and everyone is very inclusive and really cares about you and your success,” said Alannah. “When I made the decision to return to school, Fleming was my first and only choice.”

Alannah’s favourite thing about Fleming College is the support offered by faculty and support staff, who truly care about every student.

“You’re not just a number here. Our college community genuinely cares about you and your successes, whatever that may look like. Faculty and support staff know you by name, not your student ID number,” Alannah explains. “We are at an advantage being a mid-size college; there’s lots more one-on-one opportunities to help you succeed. And our programs give you a lot of hands-on work experience via simulations and/or out in the industry.”

During breaks from her classes, coursework, and working and volunteering on campus, Alannah enjoyed a hidden gem at Sutherland Campus, which she recommends to others.

“If you follow the pathway behind the school by the cafeteria… in behind the Library you come to this one opening that has a bunch of shrub with a little bench and, in behind, is this beautiful rock pathway that leads up to doors that are off the main foyer,” she describes. “I really enjoy the beauty of the rock steps, the shrubs and forest in this particular area. Not a lot of people use this area, so it’s a nice place for me to sit and clear my head.”

Alannah has come a long way since her first Fleming College experience and, now that she has finished her program, she doesn’t want to say good-bye. Instead, she will be working with Fleming’s Student Recruitment team as a Fleming Grad Recruiter.

“I feel like sharing my story and my experience at Fleming College will speak volumes to students and that’s why I wanted to be a Grad Recruiter,” said Alannah, who will be travelling across Ontario sharing information about Fleming College with prospective students.

“I am not much of a traveler; I would love to do some travelling but I am honestly a momma’s girl, so I tend stay close by my mom,” said Alannah. “This opportunity is allowing me to get out of my comfort zone and letting me experience our big beautiful province and meet different kinds of people, so I am really excited to be just experiencing new adventures and seeing where the road leads me.”

Business Administration – Accounting placement leads Ruixin Li to employment at “dream firm”

Ruixin (Rayna) Li came to Fleming College from China with a background in law, ready for a new career and life change.

“I was so shy and quiet before. I lacked leadership skills and did not want any attention,” said Rayna, who got involved with the SAC Street Team, served as an International Student Ambassador, volunteered on- and off-campus and more while at Fleming College. “I changed my career and my personality here. Coming to Canada is the best choice I have ever made.”

Rayna came to Fleming College for the Business Administration – Accounting program, which she describes as awesome, amazing, wonderful and meaningful. She credits her program faculty for their support, advice and kindness, explaining “They are all warm-hearted and care for us. The Accounting program is much more like a family.” 

Rayna says she truly values the advice of her faculty, including program coordinator Shelly York, who advised Rayna to earn her CPA designation through CPA Ontario. “I am really lucky to have followed her advice. It will have life-long benefits for me!” said Rayna.

What drew Rayna to the Business Administration – Accounting program was the work placement, where students apply their knowledge and skills to a real work setting. Rayna completed her four-month work placement at Baker Tilly, providing review and audit technician support for large businesses and non-profit organizations; accounting and bookkeeping for small to medium clients; supporting the preparation of financial statements and tax returns; and liaising with third parties, partners, managers, clients and staff.

“All of the content you learn, like QuickBooks, Profile and Audit, all come together,” said Rayna of her placement experience. “All the things I learned from College are useful and handy, and I got practise through real-life experience.”

Rayna said her colleagues, managers and partners at Baker Tilly were all very approachable and kind, and always checked in to ensure everything was going well for her.

“It is a wonderful learning environment,” said Rayna. “We have so many fun activities and people here are professional with a sense of humour, not just suits.”

Rayna believes work placements are an amazing opportunity for all students, and advises those entering a placement opportunity to always be on time, responsible and have a good attitude.

“It is a job, not only a learning placement,” she said. “Do not be afraid of asking questions and making mistakes—that’s how we learn. Please keep telling yourself ‘you can do it,’ and tell your boss ‘I am willing to learn and I can do it.’”

Rayna graduated from Fleming College this June and is thrilled that her placement led to full-time employment.

“I love the job I am doing now. I love it,” said Rayna, who is working as a Staff Accountant at Baker Tilly. “The Partners Richard Steiginga and Joanna Park, and COO Kim Freeburn surprised me; they had planned on hiring me but nobody told me anything about it. Then, I got my offer and I literally cried with happiness in their office. It is so good when you get hired by your dream firm!”

Rayna said she loves working at Baker Tilly because it is fast-paced and challenging. “There are different clients and different files and different problems to tackle, which makes me excited and lights me up immediately,” she explains. “Accounting is not only about numbers, it is more like you have to understand how their business and industry works and then you work with your client’s numbers, the policies and rules. It’s an interesting and challenging job.”

Valedictorian Lyndin Belleau finds home away from home at Fleming College

Lyndin Belleau was nervous to leave his home in Garden River First Nation, east of Sault Ste. Marie. In high school, Lyndin was told students are just numbers at colleges and universities, and that wasn’t something he was used to—and luckily, it isn’t something he ever has to.

“My experience at Fleming was nothing that I imagined. Fleming gave me so many opportunities that I don’t think any other college would have been able to provide me,” said Lyndin. “All my professors knew my name. It was nothing like they tell you in high school where you’re only known as a number.”

Lyndin took the Business Administration – Human Resources Management program because he wanted to work with people. He describes the Sutherland Campus in Peterborough, Ont., as amazing, with the beauty of the countryside and the convenience of city life.

To complement his studies, Lyndin worked as a Career Services Assistant with Fleming Career Services from September 2016 to April 2019. “Working with Career Services provided me with opportunities that the classroom couldn’t,” said Lyndin, who credits Job Fair planning as one of the skill-building experiences he gained on the job.

“But also learning a completely different side of business,” he explained. “In HR, we learn what is best for the business, whereas in Career Services we tailor services to the student/client to get them into the job. It was a great experience learning a completely different side from [Career Educators] Joanne Duffy and Lou Anne Hanes.”

Lyndin also volunteered his time on campus, sharing information with prospective students at Fleming’s Open House events, welcoming new students at Fleming Knights Orientation, recruiting new team members to Enactus Fleming during its inaugural year, and more. But its his involvement with Indigenous Student Services that Lyndin considers very special.

“I consider Indigenous Student Services one of my saviors during my time at Fleming,” said Lyndin, who participated in Tipi Tuesdays and Medicine Walks. “During my time at Fleming, I gained more then just a support system from Indigenous Student Services; I gained relationships from both the staff and students who accessed the lounge. The staff in Indigenous Student Services (Ashley Safar and Kylie Fox-Peltier) have a way of making the lounge feel like it’s a home away from home. They make everyone feel welcomed and are always willing to help when they can.”

Lyndin said he never expected to become so involved at Fleming College, but is glad he did.

“Getting involved on campus made my entire college experience that much better,” said Lyndin. “My time at Fleming had so many great experiences, in both the classroom and out of the classroom.”

One of his favourite experiences at Fleming was the Travel-Based Learning course, where Lyndin and his classmates travelled to Jamaica with two faculty members for one week. “This course allowed me to travel internationally for the first time, to experience different cultures, explore the tourism industry and how it works, and as well as having fun,” he said.

Lyndin said the Business Administration – Human Resources Management program prepared him for his career and he is already putting his knowledge into action as a Human Resources Assistant at Garden River First Nation, where he is working for a third summer. In September, Lyndin plans to continue his studies at Laurentian University, where he will study Sports Administration. Lyndin hopes to one day work in Human Resources at a sports organization.

But before that, Lyndin will serve as Valedictorian at the School of Business convocation ceremony this week.

“Being selected as Valedictorian was like a mix of emotions. I felt excited, scared, nervous, honoured and shocked all at the same time,” he said. “The message that I am trying to give to graduates is to never give up on continuing your journey in life, whether it is educational, workplace, or just life in general. You’ll always have a place at Fleming.”