A Welcoming Place for All | Anti-Racism message by Fleming College President Maureen Adamson

In a lifetime, there are only a few moments where we believe things will be different forever.  I believe this is one of those moments. And while it is not possible for me to live the experiences of a Black, Indigenous or other racialized person, it is my sincere hope is that something is different now.

That it took a tragic event like the death of George Floyd to give momentum to a movement that is now creating immediate global action against racism is appalling. However, there are now more signs than ever that some changes are finally coming.

Anti-Black racism has been scourge on our society for far too long. The idea that it is somehow less a problem in Canada than elsewhere is a grossly false comfort that only perpetuates systemic, embedded bias against all racialized people in our country.

If there is any solace at all in recent violent acts against Black and Indigenous peoples in the US and Canada, it is that real action and real solutions are emerging. Legislative efforts to reform law enforcement have begun in several jurisdictions and a broad urgency to question our thinking about systemic racism is more prevalent than ever, with the momentum showing no signs of waning.

As educators, we have a higher burden to listen, to understand, to share that understanding, to question the status quo, and to then take action. At Fleming, we have resources and supports with many exceptional people on our Diversity and Indigenous support teams who are very eager and exceptionally capable to help affect change. They can’t do it until the rest of us take action and step forward and voice our support, ask for help, or offer to serve.  

Some progress has been made in recent years because of the tireless work of some, but I am encouraged now that the some is becoming the majority and that something is different, now and forever. We all have an opportunity and an obligation to leverage this moment and make this moment an era. Let us always hold on to our values that are fundamental to our strategic plan; to be a welcoming place for all.

Information Update | COVID-19 Ensuring a Healthy College Community – March 6, 2020

Peterborough ON – (March 6, 2020) – The College is continuing to monitor information and receive advice from public health authorities with regard to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We understand and appreciate that this issue is on the minds of our students, employees and community partners.

At all campuses, we are maintaining the precautionary measures implemented in late January. These include the enhanced cleaning protocols, the additional disinfectant stations distributed at all campuses and the awareness campaign.

With the busy March vacation season upon us, the impact on travel is a key consideration for all Fleming community members. The Government of Canada has issued travel advisories for a number of regions around the world. Please check their website before making any travel decisions and keep in mind that the information changes frequently.

Peterborough Public Health is asking those who return from recent international travel to affected areas including China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea to monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after leaving the area of travel. Individuals are to contact their health-care provider and local health unit if they experience symptoms or think they may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Information regarding the global status of the virus, as well as prevention and travel guidelines are available from the World Health Organization.

As is good practice at any time, students and employees who are sick should stay at home, and not attend classes or work until they are free of symptoms. Students who choose to stay home should contact their faculty members who will work with students to ensure their continued academic success.

All classes and campus operations will continue as scheduled, and at this time, there continue to be no presumptive cases of the virus at Fleming College. We will continue to provide updates here: https://flemingcollege.ca/coronavirus

Colleges call for infrastructure renewal to tackle climate change

Peterborough, ON (March 7, 2016) – – Ottawa is being urged to use its March 22 budget to tackle climate change through investments in construction projects at colleges that will make buildings more energy efficient.

“This is an historic opportunity to transform our campuses as we work to reverse climate change,” said Fleming College President Tony Tilly. “We can create a new generation of buildings at our colleges that produce as well as consume energy, and help people acquire the necessary skills to improve energy efficiency across the economy.”

Investments in retrofits and repairs of older buildings will result in less energy consumed. New funding will also allow colleges to upgrade facilities that are specifically customized to train people pursuing clean-economy careers.

College campuses should be a priority as Ottawa looks to invest in infrastructure renewal. Many college buildings in Ontario are old and need significant upgrades, with a deferred maintenance backlog province-wide of more than $1 billion.

These investments would build on the leading role that colleges have played in the shift to a sustainable future.

Ontario’s colleges promote sustainability within the physical structure of the campuses and in programs that prepare graduates for the sustainable economy. College graduates find rewarding careers in fields that include renewable energy, green architecture, and wastewater treatment.

Fleming has made significant progress in embedding sustainability in its overall curriculum – 87% of diploma programs incorporate a sustainability learning outcome –  and in implementing its Five Year Sustainability Plan which sets out clear and measurable targets in the areas of water, energy, transport, curriculum, engagement, and achieving a STARS Silver rating.

“Creating a culture of sustainability is a core value at our college,” said Tony Tilly. “We encourage the federal government to help us promote greater efficiency in our buildings.”


Media, for more information please contact:
Leigh McEachran
Communications Officer
705.749.5530 x 1105

Interactive Learning with Toddlers and Families program

Peterborough ON – (Friday, Sept. 4, 2015) – Early Childhood Education (ECE) students from Fleming College are welcoming families to the 2015 Interactive Learning with Toddlers and Families program.

The program is aimed at children 12 to 30 months of age and their parents/caregivers. Parents will enjoy an interactive parenting experience while toddlers engage in a creatively designed play space that connects with nature, is play-based, child-centered, and builds on curiosity.

The ECE students, in their third semester, are responsible for all aspects of the program and are supervised by two ECE faculty members. Students observe, document and prepare a portfolio to share each child’s learning journey.

The program runs Tuesday or Wednesday mornings between Oct. 6 and Dec. 8. Families attend one morning per week from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The cost is $100 for the full eight weeks and the program takes place at George Street United Church, 534 George St. N. in Peterborough.

For more information, visit flemingtoddlerprogram.wordpress.com or email FlemingECE@flemingcollege.ca.

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Fleming Knights Orientation welcomes new students

Peterborough ON – (Sept. 3, 2015) – New students will enjoy a school spirited, fun filled first day of college at the second annual Fleming KO (Knights Orientation) on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.

The Sutherland Campus event will feature an induction ceremony for the incoming class, an end zone party, pep rally, men’s soccer match, and an outdoor concert. The Fleming KO aims to give new students a warm welcome from Fleming College and to get them excited for the school year.

Below is the Fleming KO schedule:

10 a.m.                 Academic Orientation Sessions: Students have the opportunity to meet faculty                                         and classmates.

12:15 p.m.           Meeting on the Green. New students will meet at the green space outside Building A                               to walk together to the Fleming Sports Fields for the Knight Induction Ceremony.

12:45 p.m.           Knight Induction Ceremony: The incoming class will be piped onto the Fleming                                         Sports Fields where they will be officially welcomed to Fleming College.

1:30 p.m.             End Zone Party at the Fleming Fields: Barbecue, giveaways, games and bubble                                        soccer.

3:10 p.m.             Pep Rally: An opportunity for new students to show their Fleming pride, as the                                          Fleming Knights men’s soccer team prepares to play against Trent Excalibur.

3:30 p.m.             Men’s Soccer Match on the Sports Field: Fleming Knights vs. Trent Excalibur

6:30 p.m.             Outdoor Concert: The Fleming Student Administrative Council Facebook page will                                    run a contest for students to guess the performing headliner band. Coleman Hell is                                  opening the concert on the sports field beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on Orientation events at Fleming College, visit: http://flemingcollege.ca/student-life/orientation


For more information, please contact Leigh McEachran, Communications, at leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca or 705-749-5530 ext. 1105

More than 100 International Students attend Fleming College’s International Orientation

Peterborough – (Sept. 2, 2015) – Fleming College is hosting a three day International Orientation event from Wednesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. More than 100 new international students have registered for the event, including students from Fleming’s Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ont.

Students travelling from India, Finland, Mexico, Japan, Egypt, Russia, China, USA, Nigeria Ghana, and Italy can participate in sessions and activities to help them transition to college life in Canada. Sessions include the “Canadian Experience: What does that mean?” “Canadian Classroom Expectations,” a bus tour to Peterborough, and information about Fleming College resources and services.

Raina Aiman travelled from Mangalore, India for Fleming College’s Biotechnology – Advanced program. “I find the Orientation event to be really helpful. We learned how to interact with Canadians” said Raina, who arrived three days ago. “We had some activities and it really helped us open up to others. It’s very different here from home, so we’re nervous to interact with Canadians, so this helps.”

Raina said that Canada is warmer than she expected. “I thought there’d be snow all of the time,” she said.

Amanda Gray, International Student Services Coordinator explained that “International Student Orientation is an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about Canada, our local communities and Fleming College, before they start classes next week.  It is a chance to meet new friends and upper semester students who are volunteering throughout the three days. By mixing fun and learning, we’re hoping students leave orientation prepared to start their classes next week and feel part of our community,” she said.


Media, for more information please contact: Leigh McEachran, Communications, at leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca or 705-749-5530 ext. 1105.

Fleming College FireFit Team aims for Nationals

Peterborough – (September 2, 2015) – A group of Fleming College Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training students have teamed up to compete in the Scott FireFit Combat Challenge, which puts firefighting skills to the ultimate test.

The Scott FireFit Combat Challenge is described by Men’s Health magazine as “the toughest two minutes in sport” as a result of the strength, aerobic and anaerobic capabilities needed to finish the challenge. Firefighters and Pre-Service Firefighter college students will compete against the fastest, strongest and most physically fit of Canadian and international fire departments, as they push past physical limits by demonstrating firefighting skills against the clock. The Fleming Fire Combat Team is comprised of 14 students and 5 coaches, including seven females.

The Scott FireFit Championships is a competition based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. A course comprised of six gruelling physical tasks test the strength, endurance and overall fitness levels of firefighters. Competition categories are available for men and women, offering both individual and team relay competitions.


FireFit Course Design

During the challenge, each competitor must wear a full set of gear, which weighs 40lbs (helmet, coat, pants with liners, boots, gloves and air tank), and complete 6 specific tasks:

Task 1: Stair Climb with High Rise Pack.
With flashlight in hand, carry a high-rise pack, four-foot bundle of four-inch hose (weighing 42 pounds) to the sixth floor, equivalent to a five-storey building.

Task 2: Hose Hoist
From the top of the tower, using a hand over hand motion, pull a 5/8 inch rope to hoist a donut roll of fire hose (45lbs).

Task 3: Forcible Entry
After descending the tower, competitors must use a 9lb sledge hammer on a hydraulic beam using 500lbs of force to move it 1 ½ feet.                        

Task 4: Run
Run 140-feet around the hydrants as fast as they can.

Task 5: Hose Advance
Shoulder a 1 3/4 inch fully charged hoseline and drag it 75-feet. Once the nozzle crosses the 75-foot mark, the competitor opens the nozzle and hits the designated target with the stream of water.

Task 6: Victim Rescue
A 165lb mannequin, plus coveralls and boots, must be dragged backwards a distance of 100-feet.


With outstanding results in their first two regional qualifiers in Ingersoll and Wasaga Beach, the Fleming Fire Combat Team aims to set the bar even higher in the exhibition of exceptional team work and fitness in the last regional competition prior to the Canadian Nationals in Port Elgin, Ont., over Labour Day Weekend. The Team has already secured three Silver Medals and four Bronze Medals in their two qualifiers to date. Six team members have also secured coveted spots to compete in the Finals of the Canadian Nationals (televised by TSN) to take place in Kitchener, Ont., Sept. 15 to Sept. 19.

“I am very proud of the team’s outstanding effort and dedication they have demonstrated in their training and during their first competitions. It is a huge commitment for these young people and often a juggling act between academic, work and training schedules, but they have taken on the challenge with enthusiasm and positivity,” said Coach Shawna Coulter. “The competition extends beyond extreme physical fitness; it embodies team work and incredible sportsmanship. This is the largest contingent of students ever to compete for Fleming College in the sport. We have our sights and goals firmly set on representing Fleming College and Peterborough proudly at the Canadian Nationals in September.”

Shawna would like to thank the Team’s Platinum level sponsor Roger Currier of Mincom Kawartha Lakes Realty Inc. for their generous and continued support of the team’s pursuits at the Canadian National Championships. Additional thanks to the Peterborough Wellness Centre, Fleming College – School of Trades and Technology and Wild Water and Wheels Park for use of training locations in preparation for these gruelling fitness events.  As a self-financed team, they continue to organize fundraisers fundraisers and rely on the generous support of monetary and in-kind sponsors to make these goals a reality. Shawna would like to thank sponsors and the community for their continued support and words of encouragement.


For more information, please contact:

Leigh McEachran, Communications, 705-749-5530 ext. 1105 or leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca

Haliburton School of The Arts to host faculty art auction

Haliburton, ON – (July 28, 2015) – Fleming College’s Haliburton Campus will host the annual Haliburton School of The Arts (HSTA) Faculty Art Auction on August 6, 2015.

There will be many unique works of art up for bidding in both live and silent auctions. All art has been created and generously donated by artists who are, or have been, members of the faculty at HSTA.

In the past, works have been donated by artists such as John Leonard, Rod Prouse, Rob Stimpson, Chuck O’Neil, Susan Watson-Ellis, Shelley Beach and Duncan Aird. All proceeds from the Art Auction are directed to bursaries and scholarships for students attending arts programs at the Haliburton Campus, as well as capital equipment.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a preview of the auction items. The live auction takes place at 7 p.m.  A number of silent auction items will also be available to bid on until 7 p.m.

Admission is free and the auction is open to the public. The campus is located at 297 College Drive in Haliburton. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to browse through the items and find a seat at the auction. As in previous years, organizers anticipate it will be standing room only. All auction purchases are payable by Visa, MasterCard, cash or cheque.

About Fleming College
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 Science, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 68,000 alumni.


Media, for more information please contact: Leigh McEachran, Communications, at leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca or 705-749-5530 ext. 1105.

Fleming College community celebrates the life and legacy of Sir Sandford Fleming

Peterborough ON – (July 22, 2015) – On the 100th anniversary of his death, Sir Sandford Fleming’s life and legacy were celebrated with a ceremony and the unveiling of a portrait of historic significance and a dry stone sundial, this afternoon at the Sutherland Campus.

Fleming College President Dr. Tony Tilly gratefully accepted a portrait of Fleming, on long-term loan by the Royal Canadian Institute For the Advancement of Science (RCI) – the oldest scientific society in Canada and one that Fleming and a small group of civil engineers, architects and surveyors founded in 1849.

Fleming’s great-great-grandson, Jock Fleming, Councillor of the RCI, and Helle Tosine, President of the RCI, presented the portrait to Dr. Tilly.

“We are so very honoured to have Jock and Helle with us today, and thank them for the portrait. We look very forward to housing this precious piece here at the college, and to exhibiting it so that our community members can truly appreciate its intricacy and historic significance,” said Dr. Tilly.

The portrait was painted in the early 1890s by J.W.L. Forster, the leading Canadian portrait artist of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Fleming’s Cultural Heritage and Conservation Management students have contributed to its preservation. The students, under the direction of program co-ordinator and professor Gayle McIntyre, completed condition reports, cleaned off the surface of the portrait and the frame, and stabilized the back – all as validation of their learning.

Dr. Tilly also officially unveiled Fleming’s dry stone sundial, the product of a unique collaboration among students from the UK and Canada, and the brainchild of Fleming professor and stone craftsman John Shaw-Rimmington, of Port Hope. A teacher and six of his students from Peterborough Regional College, near Cambridge, England, joined five Canadian students in a five-day dry stone workshop – the first of its kind in the country. The functioning sundial is positioned prominently at the Sutherland Campus. It features a naturally-formed 15-foot-long limestone gnomon, and the shadow it casts moves as the sun crosses the sky.

“It is to be noted that the people who built this dry stone sundial…were not scientists or engineers or professional masons. They were merely enthusiastic students under the direction of a stone craftsman whose vision is to see people rediscovering the timelessness of stone and
the creativity and satisfaction that can be discovered in working together with natural materials,” stated Shaw-Rimmington.

Fleming invented standard time, and in keeping with the theme of tracking time, the sundial serves to highlight his legacy. Fleming was also the chief engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway – he surveyed the first rail route across Canada, designed Canada’s first postage stamp, and successfully championed the Trans-Pacific telegraph cable.

“There is so much about Sir Sandford Fleming’s life and legacy that inspires us as a college community and today, thanks to our partners, we had the opportunity to truly honour our namesake,” said Dr. Tilly.

“In the true spirit of Fleming, we encourage our students, staff and faculty members to create learning communities; be inventive; and enjoy the journey.”


Royal Canadian Institute For the Advancement of Science (RCI)

RCI is Canada’s oldest scientific society. It envisions a scientifically literate and well informed Canadian public which embraces science as part of its culture and decision-making contributing to civil society. We work to enhance public awareness and understanding of science and to create an environment in which science can flourish, be appreciated, and contribute to all aspects of Canadian life and society. For further information, visit rciscience.ca

For further information please contact: Alicia Doris, marketing co-ordinator, alicia.doris@flemingcollege.ca, or 705-749-5530 ext. 1085.

Stewardship Youth Rangers to visit Fleming College

City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (July 16, 2015) – Fleming College’s Frost Campus will welcome 50 Stewardship Youth Rangers from Monday, July 20 to Wednesday, July 22 for environmental and natural resource sciences workshops.

Stewardship Youth Rangers from Aurora, Peterborough, Lindsay, Perry Sound, Aylmer, Bancroft, Minden and Guelph will participate in a variety of activities at Fleming College. Their itinerary includes: Outdoor Safety and Survival Skills, Wildlife Observation, Tree ID and Geocaching, Aquatic Inverts, Fish ID/Hatchery, Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement Crime Scene, and Arboriculture Tree Climbing, among others.

The Stewardship Youth Ranger program at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is a day-based, eight-week summer program that offers youth the opportunity to work outdoors on natural resource management project teams in their own communities. Through this program, youth obtain meaningful work experience, gain a deeper appreciation of their role in the stewardship of Ontario’s natural resources, and develop practical, personal and professional skills.

Media are welcome to attend the workshops at the Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ont. Here is a schedule of activities:
Monday, July 20
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Wildlife Observation with Lynzey Ruscitti/Fish ID & Hatchery with Jenna Leblanc and Mark Newell
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Wildlife Observation with Lynzey Ruscitti/Fish ID & Hatchery with Jenna Leblanc and Mark Newell

Tuesday, July 21
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Aquatic Inverts with Caroline Bakalarz/Tree ID & Scavenger Hunt with Megan Miller
10 a.m. to noon: Aquatic Inverts with Caroline Bakalarz/Tree ID & Scavenger Hunt with Megan Miller
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: CELE Crime Scene with Kent Hodgin/Tree Climbing with Tom Mikel and Joe Outram
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: CELE Crime Science with Kent Hodgin/Tree Climbing with Tom Mikel and Joe Outram

Wednesday, July 22
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Outdoor Safety & Survival with Rick Whitteker/Frost Presentation and Tour with Steph Ferri and Lynzey Ruscitti
10 a.m. to noon: Outdoor Safety & Survival with Rick Whitteker/Frost Presentation & Tour with Steph Ferri and Lynzey Ruscitti

About Fleming College
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 Science, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 68,000 alumni.


Media, for more information please contact: Leigh McEachran, Communications, at leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca or 705-749-5530 ext. 1105.