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Celebrating Our Donors and Volunteers

Thank you for supporting student success!

Fleming College staff, faculty and students thank the many donors who have contributed funds towards student financial assistance, capital projects and equipment. Your generosity helps us to provide an excellent post-secondary experience to our students and allows them to fulfill their potential.


SENRS Event Photo (pre-COVID-19)

Each year around convocation, 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 again with no in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, graduating students and donors were recognized during Flemingā€™s virtual convocation ceremonies.

The Fleming donor community stepped up once again to provide $94,000 and dozens of in-kind donations to support 134 deserving studentā€™s college-wide with Academic Awards.

"Shortly after school this past May I was hired as a Health and Safety Advisor for a major industrial construction company. I have worked in this position for two weeks so far and have been exposed to things I only dreamed of and have witnessed more in these past few weeks than I ever thought I would. Fleming College was the key to progressing past the hurdle of losing my career at General Motors and I am forever thankful for that. I want you to know your donation lifted my spirits and warmed my heart. I am so honoured to have received this award and will not soon forget your generosity."Michelle Lidstone, Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance student and recipient of City of Kawartha Lakes 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 oneā€™s community are criteria that are focal points of donor funded Academic Awards.

"Fleming College has given me so many opportunities to grow personally and professionally. Itā€™s been two years and I felt great to have worked with experts of different domains in Fleming College where every new idea is heard and nurtured. Peterborough is my first home in Canada and the community has been nothing but kind to me. I am always looking for ways to give back to the community and getting this award only encourages that thought."Kamalpreet Kaur, Global Business Management student and recipient of Leonā€™s Peterborough Business Award for Community Engagement

Donor awards are available through the generosity of Fleming staff, alumni, friends in our communities, associations, foundations and industry partners, and without their support these awards would not be possible. Thank you to all of the donors who stepped up in this challenging year to honour and celebrate student success! The entire list of 2021 student academic award recipients and donors can be found here:

The Seed Bank: Preserving species, creating habitat and improving biodiversity

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Seaway and Peterborough Area Chapter have invested in Flemingā€™s Seedbank project at our Fleming College, Frost Campus located in Lindsay, Ontario.

Seed Project Photo

With the recent closure of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant in Angus, Ontario, Fleming College researcher and Ecosystem Management Program Technologist, Jason Kerr (Ecosystem Management Technology ā€™11), launched an important program to ensure that we have access locally to seed that is genetically adapted to our region (Kawartha Lakes Seed Zone 34). Kerr is an environmental leader in the community and has led a number of environmental initiatives on and off campus, including the creation of the Fleming Arboretum at the Frost Campus.

The Ontario Tree Seed Plant was a facility that stored and supplied seeds commercially to nurseries, forestry companies, provincially-funded tree planting programs, and individual consumers across the province and from around the world. To compensate for the closure of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant, TD Friends generous donation is being used to fund several large scale ā€œseedā€ gardens which will produce seed to contribute to a regional seed bank.

By reforesting, restoring and naturalizing areas on Flemingā€™s Campus, the project will be helping to preserve native species, create habitat, improve biodiversity and create a living seed bank to preserve local genetics and produce regionally adapted seed. The seed gardens will be incorporated into the Fleming Arboretum which is located on a 2.1 hectares parcel of land in the heart of the Frost Campus and the community.

Donors Fund Awards for Frontline Healthcare Students


Thanks to the generosity of Neil and Susan Wood of the Walker Wood Foundation, a total of 11 students annually in Fleming Collegeā€™s Paramedic, Social Service Worker, Practical Nursing and Personal Support Worker programs will receive $1,500 - $2000 awards for their hard work and dedication to their fields. The "Walker Wood Foundation Awards for Excellence in Health and Wellness"will support students over a 5-year period.

A recent report by the Ontario Health Coalition showed a large shortage of personal support workers in the province. PSWsĀ 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.

Weā€™re pleased to help support students in the personal support worker program and other front line health care programs. We believe their success translates into greater success for our communities at large."said Susan Wood.

2021 student recipient says he is honoured to be recognized for this award. "I have a family member who battles bipolar and they require the assistance of a PSW weekly. The care this person has offered inspired me to enter the PSW program. I want to brighten someoneā€™s day just as much as that PSW does for my family member.Ā The financial assistance the Walker Wood Foundation has offered is appreciated more than you know; It gives me a leg up, which is a great metaphor for what a PSW does on a daily basis."

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 fund. Your gift will have a lasting impact for students that will extend much beyond their studies at Fleming College.

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.

Kawartha Credit Union's Commitment to Education and Financial Literacy

Supporting the ļ¬nancial 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 ļ¬nancial 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, ļ¬nancial solutions, workshops, and seminars, they contribute to the ļ¬nancial success of their members, which in turn strengthens the communities they serve. "We feel that as a ļ¬nancial services provider, it is our responsibility to encourage and nurture an understanding of ļ¬nancial 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.

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