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Suspension of In-Person Learning at Fleming College Sutherland Campus

Effective Monday, March 1, all in-person classes delivered at the Sutherland Campus are being suspended for 14 days. Placements for all students attending programs delivered from the Sutherland campus in Peterborough are also suspended for 14 days. Please refer to for more information and updates.

Updated: 2021-02-28 16:55:03

Celebrating Our Donors and Volunteers

Celebrating Our Donors and Volunteers Table of Contents

Thank you for supporting student success!

We are very grateful to those who make an investment in our students whether that investment is monetary or with a gift of their time and expertise.

Our Donors in the News!

Subsite Electronics and Brandt Tractor Ltd. Enhance Experiential Learning for Students in Resource Drilling

Resources Drilling Alumnus ‘09, Fraser MacNeill, presented Fleming College will a donation on behalf of Subsite Electronics and Brandt Tractor Ltd. The state-of-the-art Horizontal Directional Drilling Guidance Electronics and Utility Locating Electronics will be used by students in the Resources Drilling Technicians Program. This equipment will enhance students hands-on skills training to prepare our students for the future workplace.

"I continue to be humbled by the generosity of our Fleming community. Our partnerships with corporate donors help us to enhance the skills training we provide to our students across the college," said Maureen Adamson, President, Fleming College. "Thank you to Subsite Electronics and Brandt Tractor Ltd., it is through your kindness that our students will be job ready," continued Adamson.

Fleming offers a unique drilling program that hosts the only two-year drilling diploma program in the world.

Donors Fund New Awards for PSW Students

Donors Fund New Awards for PSW Students

Thanks to the generosity of Neil and Susan Wood of the Walker Wood Foundation, four students in Fleming College’s Personal Support Worker (PSW) program will receive $1,500 awards for their hard work and dedication to their field. The “Walker Wood Foundation Awards for Excellence in Health and Wellness” will be available annually to students in financial need.

A recent report by the Ontario Health Coalition showed a large shortage of personal support workers in the province. PSWs play a vital role in Ontario's health care system, they are on the front lines, providing much of the daily hands on care for approximately 80,000 long-term care residents in Ontario, and they help aging populations stay in their homes longer and maintain independent living.

“We’re pleased to help support students in the personal support worker program. We believe their success translates into greater success for our communities at large.” said Susan Wood.

The Walker Wood Foundation was established in 2006 by Neil C.W. Wood and his wife Susan. The foundation is dedicated to the funding of post-secondary education at all levels to candidates who have high academic standing, demonstrated leadership or similar qualities and who might have otherwise found it difficult to afford further education.

Without the support of donor funded awards many students may not be able to afford to continue their education and in turn, graduate. Thank you to the Walker Wood Foundation for establishing this new award. Your gift will have a lasting impact for PSW students that will extend much beyond their studies at Fleming College.

During Covid-19 Fleming Community Steps Up And Supports 173 College Academic Awards Honouring Top Students


Each year in June, Fleming College honours top academic students at Student Academic Award Receptions that bring together Fleming students, staff members and the donors who contribute to make these Awards a reality. This year with no in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students and donors were recognized during Fleming’s virtual convocation ceremonies.

The Fleming donor community stepped up once again to provide $87,000 and in-kind donations to support 173 deserving students college-wide with Academic Awards.

“Your support in these uncertain times is a testament to your generosity. I am grateful for donors like you who help the Fleming community achieve their educational goals. In this new COVID-19 reality we all are unsure of what will happen next. That’s why I feel getting an education is very important to stay current. Your support means that I will be able to continue to study and gain the knowledge necessary for employment.” Braydon Weir, Culinary Skills student and recipient of the Canada Cutlery Award

Academic Awards are distributed to students most often who have top academic standing however others aim to support students who go above and beyond at Fleming, in and out of the classroom. Qualities like showing a high degree of personal integrity and leadership or demonstrating exceptional contributions to one’s community are criteria that are focal points of donor funded Academic Awards.

“It was not easy as an international student to balance multiple responsibilities including school work, a part time job and extra-curricular activities. However, I always believe hard work will pay off, sometimes more than your expectation. As the recipient of an Academic Award, I would love to inspire other young international students, especially at Fleming College, to become more involved in extra-curricular activities while maintaining good academic performance.” Oanh (“Jo) HoTran Hoang, Global Business Management student and recipient of the Sustainable Peterborough Award

Donor awards are available through the generosity of Fleming staff, the extended college community, associations, foundations and industry partners, and without their support these awards would not be possible. The donors participate in determining the criteria and name of the award.

Thank you to all of the donors who stepped up in this challenging year to honour and celebrate student success! The entire list of 2020 student academic award recipients and donors can be found here

Bio Sequencer For High-Tech Training

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)

Fleming's Biotechnology-Advanced students have received a significant boost to their career preparation with the help of The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Their investment in people is recognized through a very generous donation of an Illumina HiSeq DNA Sequencer to the Biotechnology-Advanced program, a benefit to Fleming College valued at $600,000. This new equipment will provide students with hands-on experience using cutting-edge automated instruments that are utilized widely across the biotechnology industry. "We are very grateful for the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research for their investment in our students," says Biotechnology Program Coordinator Ashvin Mohindra. "OICR provides a practical training component through their in-kind gifts and placement opportunities for our students. With their help, we are also pleased to meet OICRs employment needs which are proven with the hiring of more than 18 Fleming College graduates to fill their high-tech positions."

Mason Homes & Fleming College partner to create wetland at Frost Campus

Mason Homes and Fleming College are teaming up to create a wetland at Frost Campus, which will provide a new home to a variety of native plant and animal species.

The construction of the wetland also offers valuable hands-on learning opportunities for students in programs within the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences.

Mason Homes

Students in the Heavy Equipment Operator program are currently creating the groundwork for the wetland. Planting and hydroseeding by students from the Ecosystem Management and Fish and Wildlife programs are expected to be completed by Sept. 30 with the wetland fully established by the end of October. Students from the Resources Drilling and Blasting and Forestry programs will also be involved in the project. Mason Homes is providing funding for the wetland and Niblett Environmental Associates Inc. will conduct environmental monitoring for three years following the completion of the project.

Peterborough Utilities Commission enhancing hands-on learning

PUC recently donated water mains, valves, valve boxes, piping and supports, and training aids to the Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing program. The materials, with an estimated value of about $10,000, came from PUC as well as industry suppliers Cambridge Brass, Canada Pipe, Concord Supply, Sigma, and Wamco Waterworks.

Peterborough Utilities Commission

"The value of hands-on training in relation to education and the way in which students learn, is essential in the trades," said Jason Jackson, Coordinator of Fleming's Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing program. "Fleming students in all trades programs from dual credit to diploma programs will now have a visual display of the infrastructure required to maintain clean and safe water both for drinking water and fire suppression."

Knowledge First Foundation Funds a Calm Learning Space:

A bright, soft-coloured classroom greeted new and returning students of the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program thanks to a generous donation from Knowledge First Foundation. Students in the two-year CICE certificate program have developmental or intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder or brain injuries.

Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) classroom

With Knowledge First Foundation's gift of $7,000 for classroom upgrades, Fleming College was able to create a calming and collaborative learning space that enhances the college experience for students with learning exceptionalities while helping them retain knowledge and reach their goals. "The newly renovated classroom is a welcoming environment for CICE students, "Judith Limkilde, Vice President, and Academic. "The room was painted ‘Mellow Blue' as colour therapy indicates that people on the Autism Spectrum react well to calming hues and we chose tables in shades of eggplant, goldenrod, and light green with blue chairs that work well with the pale blue walls." "When you provide a beautiful space for students they respect it and they realize that the institution cares about them," says CICE Program Coordinator Joan Connolly.

Kawartha Credit Union's Commitment to Education and Financial Literacy

Supporting the financial success of their members in the communities they serve is one of Kawartha Credit Union's guiding principles. Since 2009, Kawartha has donated $32,000 in bursaries to Fleming students through their Community Involvement Program. In addition to corporate donations, Kawartha enhances financial literacy by providing complimentary seminars on a variety of topics from budget management to saving for retirement.

Alumni Credit Union, Sandy Marett, Leona Keizer, Carla Lowry, Samantha Burke

In providing needs-based advice, financial solutions, workshops, and seminars, they contribute to the financial success of their members, which in turn strengthens the communities they serve. "We feel that as a financial services provider, it is our responsibility to encourage and nurture an understanding of financial matters. Supporting Fleming's business programs and students not only aligns with our values and pillars, but it strengthens our communities," comments Crystal Dayman, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications.

Heron Instruments donate groundwater equipment

Heron Instruments

Groundwater equipment for the Resources Drilling and Blasting Program has been generously donated by Heron Instruments, a designer and manufacturer of high-quality water level monitoring systems. This equipment, valued at $3,500, will be used for post-secondary and contract training, exposing 40–80 new well technicians to Heron Instruments groundwater monitoring systems. This generous gift will enhance student achievements and help faculty to deliver excellent training.

"Heron Instruments is dedicated to supporting educational institutions by donating products for in-class or field demonstrations for Undergraduate, Co-op and Internship programs," says Mike Hare, Sales Manager at Heron Instruments. "Our equipment will help to shape the minds of new well technicians who may already be working for contractors around the province."

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