Fleming College presents 2021 Innovation & Technology Showcase in partnership with Bell

Peterborough ON – (April 20, 2021) With the ‘20/21 academic year nearing the end, it’s time to celebrate the incredible dedication and resilience demonstrated by students over the past year. The skills developed and goals accomplished by students in their experiential learning projects will be on display in the Innovation & Technology Showcase in partnership with Bell.

Out of a total of 66 business and technology student projects, 10 teams really impressed the judges through two rounds to make the cut. The top projects will make their final presentations virtually this week, and once the judges have deliberated and decided, the winners of this year’s Showcase will be announced in an exciting finale next week.

  • April 22 at 10 a.m.: Presentations and Q&A with the finalists
  • April 29 at 3 p.m.: Finale with winner announcements

“Congratulations to the students for their hard work and commitment to their applied projects with industry and non-profit partners. I’m sure this will lay the groundwork for them for future innovations,” said Maureen Adamson, Fleming College President. “Also, a big thank you to Bell for their continued support of this wonderful event and the entrepreneurial spirit.”

This annual event showcases the creativity and fresh ideas that students bring to help industry and non-profit sponsors find innovative solutions to business and technology challenges. The past year has presented unique and unprecedented uncertainties, and Fleming students have risen to the challenge. That includes doing a lot of their work and meetings online, and they will also be presenting their projects online this year.

In addition to academic credits that students earn for their work on real-world problems, there’s also $9,000 in prize money for the top teams. For more information about the projects and Showcase events on April 22 & 29, please visit the website.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For more information, please contact:
Amar Shah
Communications Officer 
amar.shah@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680


Web: flemingcollege.ca
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Bell Let’s Talk announces increased funding for post-secondary student mental health action plans

Fleming College has been awarded a grant of $25,000 from the Bell Let’s Talk Fund in support of mental health initiatives at the college.  

Specifically, funds will be used to enhance staffing capacity needed to support the implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students

“The mental health of our students and staff is a priority for us at Fleming, and the need for those supports is greater now more than ever. We are grateful to the Bell Let’s Talk Fund for their contribution as this grant will add value to the resources being offered at the college.”
– Fleming College President Maureen Adamson

News release from Bell Let’s Talk: 

• More than $3 million in initial grants awarded to 123 post-secondary institutions planning to implement the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students
• Total funding increased from original $2.5 million commitment to meet high demand
• Further Bell Let’s Talk funding in June will support new initiatives aligned with the Standard developed by the schools

MONTRÉAL, April 15, 2021 – Bell Let’s Talk today announced that $3,075,000 in grants from the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund have been awarded to 123 Canadian colleges and universities to support them in the initial implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students.

“Bell is committed to supporting student mental health and we were pleased to see so many post-secondary institutions apply for funding – such a great response in fact that we increased total funding for the initiative by almost 25% to more than $3 million,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “These grants will help colleges and universities across the country accelerate the important work they’re doing to support student mental health and well-being. We look forward to building on their progress with more funding later this spring for schools implementing new initiatives aligned with the Standard.”

In June, Bell Let’s Talk will launch a second phase of the Post-Secondary Fund with implementation grants for institutions that have used the Standard to identify specific gaps or needs in their mental health support services and are building new initiatives to address them.

The National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students provides a set of guidelines to help increase awareness, reduce stigma, improve life and resiliency skills, and create a healthier and safer educational environment overall. Bell Let’s Talk funding helped enable the creation of the Standard, led by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in partnership with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

According to the 2019 National College Health Assessment, about 16% of students have seriously considered suicide, and almost 3% attempted suicide in the past year. And over the past year, COVID-19 has affected the mental health of students at every post-secondary institution in Canada.

“If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that taking care of our mental health is essential. That’s especially true for students, who, even in the best of times, find themselves at a critical point in their lives, making tough decisions that will shape the rest of their careers, often in the face of uncertain outcomes,” said Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada. “That is why the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students is so important. It is a valuable resource for colleges and institutes as they strive to promote mental health and support their students as best they can.”

Schools like the University of Calgary are actively engaging students as they implement the Standard. “During my time at the University of Calgary, it has been evident that students are at the core of the University’s approach to supporting student mental health. As a student, I have personally experienced how their approach and engagement with the student population has led to multiple initiatives, making mental health an integral and essential component of students’ well-being,” said Cassandra Chisholm, a University of Calgary student. “Through my own involvement with the University of Calgary’s Student Medical Response team, and as the student representative for the Post-Secondary Partnership – Alcohol Harms initiative, I have seen how student voices are always considered and incorporated into efforts and projects throughout the campus community. Ultimately, this student-centric process makes the campus community flourish. I consider myself fortunate to attend a University that believes in the importance of student mental health.”

The largest colleges in the Greater Toronto Area – Centennial, George Brown, Humber, Seneca and Sheridan – have formed a partnership that will allow the colleges to pool their expertise and resources to create learning environments where all students can thrive.

“Wellness and health promotion have long been prioritized across our institutions, and it’s a privilege to support more than 125,000 students every day,” said Dr. Janet Morrison, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan College. “However, we know that for many students the ability to learn and succeed is influenced by a complex web of pressures that take a toll on mental health. Our partnership, together with Bell’s support, will identify the programs that best help students succeed, work to make real improvements in mental health and wellness across all our campuses, and then share our work as a roadmap for success.”

In Québec, Bishop’s University, Cégep de Sherbrooke, Champlain College, Sherbrooke Seminary and University of Sherbrooke are also joining forces.

“Thanks to the support of the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund kickoff grant, our collaboration efforts will go further to help and better equip our community in matters of mental health,” said Marie-France Bélanger, Executive Director of Cégep de Sherbrooke. “We are proud to work together to implement best practices to promote the psychological health of more than 50,000 students and staff members.”

“We are delighted to receive a $25,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund to implement two exciting programs. Both programs were developed by our Student Mental Health Task Force, an inclusive and diverse group of faculty, staff, students and community leaders working to review student mental health and well-being,” said Paul J. Mazerolle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of New Brunswick. “The first program will focus on enhancing our campus mental health service providers’ knowledge in the areas of truth, reconciliation, allyship and culturally responsive care. The second program will use multimedia approaches to empower our BIPOC students to share their voices to provide guidance to ensure mental health services are more accessible and effective.”

“The mental health and well-being of our students and employees is a top priority for Yukon University. The Bell Let’s Talk grant will enhance and accelerate the development and implementation of our comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Strategy,” said Dr. Maggie Matear, Interim President and Vice Chancellor of Yukon University. “Based on the National Standard, our strategy will amplify the resources available to the YukonU community improving outreach and resilience for all. Bell’s continued commitment to engaging Canadians and taking action to create positive change in mental health is incredibly important and we are grateful for their support.”

To see a complete list of universities and colleges that received a $25,000 kickoff grant, please click here.

About Bell Let’s Talk
The largest-ever corporate commitment to mental health in Canada, Bell Let’s Talk is focused on 4 key action pillars: Anti-stigma, Care and Access, Research and Workplace Leadership. Since its launch in September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,100 organizations providing mental health supports and services throughout Canada, including hospitals, universities, local community service providers and other care and research organizations. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

Media inquiries:
Katie Hatfield
902-487-6198
katie.hatfield@bellaliant.ca
@Bell_LetsTalk
@Bell_News

Fleming College looks forward to welcoming students back to class for the Fall semester

With the safety of the Fleming community as our guiding principle, our team is working on plans for flexible learning options that will include online and face-to-face options for selected programs. We anticipate that many programs will remain online for theory and, where possible, we will migrate to more face-to-face options pending space and safety protocol approvals.

While the vaccine roll-out is a very positive sign of change, Fleming will follow the direction of health authorities while maintaining excellence and integrity in teaching and learning as we open the campus to learners and employees.

More detailed plans for the gradual return to campus in the fall semester will be announced by June 1.

Sincerely,
Linda Poirier
Vice President, Academic Experience

Fleming’s Enactus team marches on through the pandemic

Enactus Fleming team at the last World Cup in California

Peterborough ON – April 13, 2021

Enactus Fleming College has been on a roll the past two years and has been representing Fleming with distinction on the regional, national and global stages.

Enactus is a student-led volunteer group that develops entrepreneurial projects to help communities achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). Students devise and execute social enterprises, present their projects in high level competitions, and have travelled to the Enactus World Cup in California twice as part of team Canada. 

Some of the current projects address financial literacy, stress management, health and wellness, making the UNSDG a part of the Ontario school curriculum, helping farmers in India reduce their environmental footprint while making extra income, and making reusable products from recycled paper.

Last fall, Enactus Fleming projects were recipients of four grants to add to their list of achievements:

  • Paper Planet was awarded a $2,500 grant as part of the Scotiabank Climate Action Project Accelerator
  • Paddy Waste to Income was awarded a $2,500 grant as part of The Jeanne Sauvé Global Project Accelerator
  • Keys To Me was awarded a $2,500 grant as part of the Co-operators Accelerator 
  • A $1,500 Faculty Support grant was awarded to support and encourage the team

Enactus Fleming is poised to launch its first commercially viable social enterprise born from the Paper Planet project. They have two product lines: one directed at teachers to be used in the classroom and one directed to home users. Their research shows there is a strong market for these products. However, a major constraint is manufacturing and they are actively looking for a new location since production at the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre is currently not possible. Limited production is being done at student’s homes for the time being.

When the pandemic hit, Enactus students were getting ready to go into their first season of commercial sales with the school kits. When schools were initially closed during the pandemic restrictions, Enactus students came up with a kit targeted to children and parents who were confined to their homes. Sales were a small fraction of the original projections and as a result, they now have two product lines to hit the market within 2021.

If you’re looking for an example of how students can pivot during COVID-19 with resilience and innovation, this is it. Enactus Fleming adds value to the student experience and enhances the College’s reputation in the community. To learn more, please visit: https://enactusfleming.ca/.

Limerick Institute of Technology and Fleming College sign omnibus agreement to expand academic pathways

Peterborough ON – (April 8, 2021) – Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and Fleming College signed an omnibus articulation agreement on March 2, 2021. The agreement provides a range of academic pathways for graduates of certain diploma programs offered at Fleming College to gain advanced entry into the third or fourth year of relevant degree programs at LIT. Some of the degree opportunities included in the omnibus agreement are Business Studies with Beauty & Spa Management, Construction Management, Business with Digital Marketing, Computer Networks and Systems Management, Biotechnology with Biopharmaceutical Science, and Enterprise and Innovation.

Fleming College and LIT started their partnership in 2016 with a memorandum of understanding. Since then, the partnership has flourished with multiple pathway agreements, LIT staff visiting Fleming College, Fleming faculty participating in LIT’s annual Professional Development Week, as well as Fleming graduates coming to study at LIT through previous pathway agreements.

“LIT are delighted to be expanding on our pathway to degree completion offerings with our valued partners in Fleming College,” commented President of LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane. “These pathways create wonderful opportunities for students; not just from an academic viewpoint, but also for the fantastic international experience that they will gain during their time in Ireland. We were delighted to have had Fleming College staff participate in our annual Professional Development Week last year. We greatly value our partnership with Fleming, and look forward to many more successful years of collaboration with them.”

“This has been a valued partnership over many years, and it all started with an MOU,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “We are thrilled to be adding to the many pathway options for our graduates to enhance their educational credentials with a degree and gain invaluable international experience while doing it. The variety of programs included in this omnibus agreement is proof of how robust and important our collaboration is with LIT.”

To learn more about the pathways to degree completion offers between Fleming College and LIT, please visit the website.

About LIT
Limerick Institute of Technology, founded in 1852, is a multi-campus, public, university-level institute of higher education in the Mid-West of Ireland with an enrolment of around 7,000 students. On course to becoming a Technological University in September 2021, LIT collaborates with industry to offer career-focused programmes across disciplines including engineering, science, information technology, business, finance, marketing, food & tourism, social care, humanities, sport and art & design. LIT offers qualifications ranging in order from Higher Certificate up to Honours Bachelor Degrees, taught Masters, Graduate Diplomas and Masters and PhD by research. LIT’s mission is to prepare learners for fulfilling and challenging futures, fostering the professional, intellectual, social, cultural and personal development of the individual. The hallmark of our educational philosophy is active learning through a fusion of theory and practice.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For more information, please contact:
Bríd Ryan
LIT’s North America Regional Manager
brid.ryan@lit.ie
0035361293440

Amar Shah
Communications Officer, Fleming College 
amar.shah@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Future Skills Centre announces $32 million for projects to help Canadian workers gain skills as part of shock-proofing the workforce of the future

Future Skills Centre is investing $218,437.32 in Fleming College’s project Capturing Change in Indigenous Labour Markets: Local Approach, Pan-Canadian Impact.

The one-year project will develop and test a novel solution to document and respond to real-time changes in Indigenous labour markets to improve Indigenous participation.

Fleming College sits on the traditional territory of the Michi Sagiig Anishnaabe, governed by the Williams Treaty. The College honours the land itself and the people who have stewarded it through the generations.  

“Our commitment to the Indigenous community is embedded in our values at Fleming and our strategic plan. Through this project and the investment from the Future Skills Centre, we aim to research and test a new tool that will encourage and support Indigenous participation in the labour market.”
– Fleming College President Maureen Adamson

News release from Future Skills Centre:

TORONTO (April 7, 2021) — Future Skills Centre (FSC) today announces the funding of 64 innovation projects as part of a $32 million investment to provide practical solutions for thousands of workers and employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic across Canada and to prepare the workforce for the opportunities and jobs of the future.

Many of the projects will explore new technologies and processes for whole industry sectors that are evolving or emerging, while others are designed to reskill or upskill workers displaced by the economic damage of the pandemic. The projects strive to navigate change, imagine the future, and help all Canadians – especially those facing multiple barriers to full employment – in acquiring the skills and resilience to thrive in the workforce of today and tomorrow.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Indigenous innovations – These projects support Indigenous values, Indigenous economic development, ways of learning, and doing business. Thirty-three projects worth $17.7 million focus on providing equitable opportunity and access for Indigenous communities.

Untried innovations – Many projects seek to create or anticipate change by training people to work differently. Nine projects worth $7.8 million invest in new fields or mobilize emerging industries such as cellular agriculture, sustainable fisheries, and robotic manufacturing.

Rural and remote – Many projects aim to reach people in rural (67%), remote/isolated (35%) or Northern communities (40%). These often involve virtual training or learning through online platforms and cultivate locally-grown industries.

New technologies – Many projects (47%) use tech innovation, applying new technology to the delivery of training or service. Some use Augmented or Virtual Reality and novel virtual interface technologies to transform training in everything from skilled trades to social services.

Inclusive workforce – Almost two-thirds of projects target specific populations such as youth, women and Indigenous peoples to create a more diverse and equitable workforce. Some projects strive to connect job seekers facing multiple barriers to full participation in the workforce with pathways to training and employment.

QUOTES
“As we look forward to a world post-recovery, we know that a dynamic skills agenda will be central to Canada’s success in a constantly-changing labour market. These pan-Canadian partnerships will be real-time, applied examples to help design new skills development approaches that allow Canadian workers and businesses to seize opportunities in our future economy.”
– Pedro Barata, Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted certain groups of people and industry sectors more than others. These shock-proofing projects, funded through the Future Skills Centre, will contribute to finding innovative skills development and training solutions to help Canadian workers develop resilience in the face of sudden economic and technological changes.”
– Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

QUICK FACTS
● These 64 projects are funded as a result of the call for proposals Shock-proofing the Future of Work: Skills Innovation Challenge.
● The projects will impact thousands of Canadians in all provinces and territories and a variety of sectors.
● 60% of projects focus on greater inclusion and equity among the workforce to support population groups whose jobs were especially impacted by the pandemic.
● Over 70% of the projects focus on or support Canadian youth aged 16 to 28.
● To date, FSC has invested $138 million CAD in 135 projects.

RESOURCES
● Visit our announcement landing page here.
● Get more background information here.
● Download multimedia assets here.
● To browse through all 64 projects, visit our website here.

CALL TO ACTION
Connect with partners in the skills development and training ecosystem across Canada in our Community of Practice.

ABOUT FSC
The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success. We believe Canadians should feel confident about the skills they have to succeed in a changing workforce. As a pan-Canadian community, we are collaborating to rigorously identify, test, measure, and share innovative approaches to assessing and developing the skills Canadians need to thrive in the days and years ahead. The Future Skills Centre was founded by a consortium whose members are Ryerson University, Blueprint, and The Conference Board of Canada, and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program.

CONTACT
Eglantine Ronfard
Bilingual Communications Manager, Future Skills Centre
647 262 3706
eglantine.ronfard@fsc-ccf.ca

Ecosystem management graduate hopes to inspire others to take action against pollution through new documentary

Peterborough ON – (March 31, 2021) – Rochelle Byrne graduated from Fleming’s Ecosystem Management Technology program in 2012. Two years later, she started a not-for-profit organization called A Greener Future, which focuses on litter cleanup and prevention.

“Right from the beginning, when I started A Greener Future, the people that were supporting me most were people that I had met in school, that had the same mindset about the environment,” said Byrne.

As a non-profit organization, A Greener Future works with the community to promote environmental preservation through organized litter cleanups, educational programs and events.  

Byrne says her time in Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences ignited her passion for the environment and curiosity to learn more. “I learned to keep researching and how to stay up to date when it comes to new things in the environment and the actions we need to take.”

Everything changed in 2020, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down any form of social gatherings. Undeterred, Byrne got more creative and adventurous. She decided to take on the endurance challenge of stand-up paddleboarding 430 kilometres across Lake Ontario to raise awareness about plastic pollution along the shoreline.

What she hoped would be a short video of her journey, has turned into a 45-minute documentary titled Shoreline: The Paddle Against Plastic.

“There is so much to say about plastic pollution and the environment, and all the things that we can do to help make it better,” said Byrne. “I’m excited that we get to reach more people through this medium because I think it’s an important topic and not something that everybody’s aware of.”

Since announcing the documentary project, Byrne has gained a new following and a lot of coverage for her cause.

“All of us appreciate Lake Ontario and if it ends up highly polluted, it will not be good for surfers, paddleboarders, boaters, or swimmers, so I think it’s really important that we all come together,” said Byrne.

With the release of Shoreline, she hopes to raise awareness and inspire others to get involved, whether it be through joining a litter cleanup or making a donation to an environmental cause.

“All that matters is that everyone is doing their part.”

The advanced virtual screening of Shoreline is on April 1 at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Byrne. Tickets are on sale now with all funds raised going towards A Greener Future’s Love Your Lake program, comprising 100 organized litter cleanups along Lake Ontario.

To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit A Greener Future’s website.

Fleming introduces new Plumber Apprenticeship program

Peterborough ON – (March 30, 2021) Plumbers are highly valued tradespeople and an integral part of any construction and maintenance team. Fleming has a brand new Plumber Apprenticeship program for those interested in this rewarding career to cut their teeth – and pipes – right here in the Peterborough-Kawartha region.

Plumbing is an in-demand career in a growing field with opportunities available in the region and across the province. The Plumber Apprenticeship allows individuals to pursue a career as a plumber, pipefitter, contractor or supervisor in residential, commercial or industrial settings.

Along with the experience gained through work, the program involves three in-school sessions of 240 hours each:

  • Basic: Learn about the tools and piping methods, plumbing systems, workplace safety, rigging and hoisting, and welding
  • Intermediate: Train in plumbing systems, drain-waste-vent piping, and trade calculations and documentation
  • Advanced: Consolidate and build on skills learned through in-depth training in plumbing systems, process piping systems and trade documentation

The training sessions for the program will be in the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre, a state-of-the-art facility with the latest labs, tools and equipment at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus in Peterborough. Fleming’s instructors are fully qualified tradespeople and experts in the field with connections to local tradespeople and organizations.

As this is an apprenticeship program, eligibility is determined by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and it also presents the offer to attend. Applicants must be registered apprentices with the Ministry, which includes being sponsored by an eligible employer. More information about apprenticeship in Ontario is available here.

For more information about the Plumber Apprenticeship program at Fleming, please visit: Plumber Apprenticeship Level One.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For more information, please contact:
Amar Shah
Communications Officer 
amar.shah@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680


Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter & Instagram: @FlemingCollege

Fleming’s DSW students receive COVID-19 vaccine and what they want you to know about it

Peterborough ON – (March 26, 2021) – Students in Fleming’s Developmental Services Worker program have the opportunity to make a difference every day by providing practical and meaningful support to those in need. But doing that important work has been challenging during the pandemic.  

For fourth-semester students Shweta Gondalia, Swany Kaji and Natasha Maurik, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine gave them the assurance to continue to protect and provide safe and meaningful care to the community.   

Q: When did you get the vaccine?  

Shweta: I received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 4, 2021.
Swany: I received the vaccine on March 17. 
Natasha: I received my vaccine on March 18.  

Q: Why did you want to get the vaccine?  

Shweta: I am currently working in Stewart Homes, a residential setting for children with developmental disabilities. I wanted to get the vaccine to keep the ones I work with safe. Children with developmental disabilities are vulnerable, and I wanted to be there for them. Their safety and protection are my priority.   
Swany: I work at a long-term care facility, and the residents are vulnerable to this virus. In order to minimize their risk, I got vaccinated.  
Natasha: I wanted to get the vaccine to keep the people I support safe, as well as my friends and family. It also ensures my safety, but the people I support, and my loved ones, always come first.   

Q: How will getting the shot help you in your studies and work?  

Shweta: By getting the vaccine, I will keep myself and the individuals I support safe and healthy. During these challenging times, I feel proud to have gotten my first dose of the vaccine and do my part for the community as a frontline worker. 
Swany: It will help me have peace of mind every time I go to work. Even if I have the common flu or the cold, I had to get tested. With the vaccine, I will be able to work without affecting the people around me.  
Natasha: As a healthcare worker, my duties are to ensure the safety and good quality of life for the people I support. With the world’s current circumstances, it’s the next step to getting society back to what it was before.  

Q: What do you want people to know about getting the COVID-19 vaccine?  

Shweta: I know there is a lot of confusion and fear around taking the vaccine. I was scared, but I also believe that reading more about the vaccine from a valid source helped me. We all should trust the facts instead of myths at this hour. Let us all do what we can in keeping ourselves and our communities safe by taking the vaccine. 
Swany: It is a quick and easy process to get and doesn’t hurt at all. They keep you under observation for 15 minutes after you have taken the vaccine. You might have symptoms like body pain, redness and swelling at the site for a day or two, but it all goes away within a few days.  
Natasha: I want people to know that the COVID-19 vaccine is used to help your body build immunity to the virus. If you were to contract it, the symptoms and illness would be less severe than in other cases. It can be scary thinking about getting a vaccine that came out superfast, but this is necessary to keep people safe and get society back to normal.

Fleming College partners with local photographer on new initiative to combat sex trafficking in the region

Peterborough ON – (March 25, 2021) – Fleming College is partnering with Heather Doughty, photographer and creator of INSPIRE: The Women’s Portrait Project, to pilot a unique project designed to combat sex trafficking in the Eastern Ontario region. Together, the project team will create a series of photographed portraits of the survivors of sex trafficking with accompanying narratives. Using quantitative and qualitative analysis of focus groups and in-depth interviews, the portraits will be incorporated into awareness initiatives and education materials targeted towards helping those most at risk of being trafficked.

“This project is deeply important to Fleming, our students and our community. We want to empower survivors, dismantle myths, and prevent sex trafficking of individuals. With our partners, we will create a powerful and innovative tool to combat this deeply-rooted, and often hidden, crime. The Fleming community is grateful to the federal government for their support on this important issue” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson.

Part of the project’s uniqueness is its close connection and involvement with survivors to share their stories. Using images and content co-created with survivors, the project aims to feature survivors from groups most at risk, specifically those who are female-identified, Indigenous, Black, Trans, and those from care systems. The educational material produced will include spotting the signs of trafficking and entrenchment, recognizing grooming and luring tactics, as well as information on how to seek support or report suspected cases. “When we share our stories, we see the human in the person,” said Heather Doughty.

Funding for the four-year project, approximately $300,000, was awarded from Public Safety Canada’s Contribution Program to Combat Serious and Organized Crime, and was announced on March 15 by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The project team will work closely with several local agencies and organizations, such as the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle, survivors, advocates, and youth care homes to gather firsthand data related to sex trafficking. Other supporting organizations, including CYC Assets and Corus Entertainment, will provide the project team with web hosting and communications support.

Leading the project team is Heather Sago, coordinator of Fleming College’s accredited Child and Youth Care (CYC) program, and students and graduates will be involved in this project. The CYC program prepares students for a career providing in support for the diverse unmet needs of young persons, their families and communities. Students apply the principles of relational practice, designing, implementing, and evaluating care and intervention plans. Fleming’s CYC program has a unique stream of courses related to children’s mental health, trauma, including sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, and advocacy. The program also features the Indigenous Perspectives Designation option.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For more information, please contact:
Amar Shah
Communications Officer
amar.shah@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680


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