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.

Message of Condolence – Passing of Severn Court Resident

Sent on behalf of Maureen Adamson, President, Fleming College

Peterborough ON – (March 16, 2021)

Fleming College is aware and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a resident of Severn Court. 

Out of respect for the family and their privacy, the College will not be sharing further details. 

We grieve this loss together with our community, and have set up counselling and support services for students, faculty and staff. Peterborough Public Health and Peterborough Police Service continue to lead the investigation, and we continue to work collaboratively through the investigation.  

Attention All Fleming College Students from Peterborough Public Health

Peterborough ON – (March 12, 2021) – Many of you are returning to Peterborough after being away for Reading Week, or since the campus ceased in-person learning due to a rapid escalation of COVID-19 cases in our community, many of which were associated with Fleming College students. This notice is intended to remind you of your obligations under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990 (HPPA), the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) and associated regulations now that you have returned.

Prior to the start of reading week, Peterborough Public Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Severn Court Student Residence. It appears that the cause of this outbreak was the result of several illegal gatherings that occurred on and around February 20, 2021. Be advised, that there is zero tolerance for such behaviour. Attending gatherings puts yourself, your roommates, your loved ones and the entire community at risk. Of the infections we’ve seen recently, the majority have screened positive for COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VOCs). The transmission of VOCs is fast, furious, and, as we have seen locally, is associated with a higher risk for severe illness and hospitalization, even for younger individuals between twenty and forty years of age.

While you reside in Peterborough, you are required to follow all local Orders and instructions in addition to provincial legislation. Failure to comply will cause an investigation and charges will be laid, as appropriate.

If you are returning to Peterborough after being away, it is possible that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 wherever you were – please take action to protect yourself and others. For two weeks following your return (14 days):

• Limit and track your contact with others;
• Remain with your household members only (i.e., roommates) as much as possible;
• Order takeout, have groceries delivered and/or use curbside pickup;
• Do not attend social events or gatherings;
• Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and if you experience symptoms, self-isolate and seek testing immediately.

If you do attend a place of business or facility that is open to the public, by provincial law, you are responsible to maintain a physical distance of at least two (2) metres from anyone that you don’t live with (with the exception of a caregiver). You are also required to wear a mask or face covering. You are not permitted to dine in at a restaurant or bar with anyone who you do not live with (with very limited exceptions). You will be required to attest to this when you attend a restaurant or bar.

If you live at Severn Court Student Residence, the Section 22 Class Order applies to all residents and restricts leaving the property, except in certain circumstances. While this Order is in effect, you are not permitted to attend work or school. Failure to comply with the Order will result in an offence under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990, with a minimum fine of $750.00.

This is not the time to take risks. This is the time to be a responsible citizen of our community. Step up, protect yourself and protect others. Peterborough is currently in the Red (Control) Zone of the COVID-19 Response Framework. This is the most severe level prior to lockdown – and we need your cooperation in helping us prevent further infections and prevent a further lock-down. Please take note: Gatherings cannot exceed five (5) people indoors or twenty-five (25) people outdoors and physical distancing must be maintained at all times.

These requirements are not optional – they are the law. Failure to comply with the requirements will result in an offence under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, with a minimum fine of $750.00.

While we are pleased to have you as part of our community, we are asking you to be respectful, compliant citizens and follow all public health guidance related to COVID-19. This will allow you to complete your studies in a safe manner, hopefully without further disruption.

Thank you for taking the time to review this information. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at: 705-743-1000 or you can e-mail our COVID-19 hotline at covid19@peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

Sincerely,

Rosana Salvaterra, MD, MSc, CCFP, FRCPC
Medical Officer of Health

Indigenous information session on COVID-19 and vaccination clinic

Peterborough ON – March 5, 2021

The Urban Indigenous Working Group on COVID-19 Vaccines invites you to attend an informational evening on Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

Click here to join the session on Webex.

Be informed. Get answers to the important questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available?
  • Who will receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Do I need to continue wearing my mask after I receive the vaccine?
  • Why should I get vaccinated?

Presenter: Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough Public Health

Moderator: Liz Stone, Academic Chair, Indigenous Perspectives, Fleming College

Panel Members:

  • Ashley Safar, Manager, Indigenous Student Services, Fleming College
  • Lori Flynn, Executive Director, Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre
  • David Newhouse, Professor and Director, Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, Trent University
  • Delores Lalonde, Executive Director, Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle

Vaccination clinic

The group is also hosting an upcoming vaccination clinic for Indigenous adults 55 years or older.

Date: March 15 & 16, 2021
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough


Vaccinations are by appointment only

To book your appointment, please call:
Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre: 705-775-0632 or 705-775-0387
Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Centre: 705-741-0900 ext ‘0’
Fleming College: 705-749-5530 ext 1481
Lovesick Lake Native Women’s Association: 705-652-8787

You can book appointments during the following days and times:     
Sunday, March 7 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, March 8 to Friday, March 12 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 13 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Your second vaccine will be booked at the time of your appointment.


The Urban Indigenous Working Group on COVID-19 Vaccines includes these community partners:

  • Curve Lake First Nation
  • Fleming College
  • Hiawatha First Nation
  • Lovesick Lake Native Women’s Association
  • Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle
  • Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre
  • Peterborough Public Health
  • Trent University

Message from Fleming College President to the community regarding the COVID-19 outbreak at Severn Court in Peterborough

Peterborough ON – (March 3, 2021) – Fleming College President Maureen Adamson addressed the COVID-19 outbreak at the off-campus, privately-owned Severn Court buildings in a letter that was sent to all staff and students this morning. The outbreak has led to the cancellation of all in-person classes and activities at Sutherland Campus for 14 days from Mar. 1.

Here is the President’s letter in its entirety:  

“We continue to be deeply concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak at the Severn Court apartment complex. This complex is not affiliated with the College. It is privately-owned and independently-operated. As of March 2, Peterborough Public Health (PPH) had identified 34 students who have tested positive. The ongoing investigation could lead to many more cases.

Fleming College prides itself on creating strong communities. Being a member of our community comes with responsibility. For those students training for careers in healthcare professions, there are even higher expectations and professional standards that are expected to be upheld. It is obvious that a group of students chose to behave in an irresponsible manner that has put many members of our community at risk.

To the students who were part of the unauthorized gatherings, we are extremely disappointed in your actions. Your behaviours are inconsistent with our values and with our expectations of all our students, regardless of the fact that these actions took place in an off-campus setting.

For those students who are proven to have been involved in the gatherings of February 20 that led to the outbreak, we intend to impose the harshest possible sanctions allowed under our Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy in proportion to the role played by each participant. This could include penalties up to and including suspension or expulsion. The College will continue to cooperate with PPH in their investigation and will offer our full cooperation with Peterborough Police Service should that become necessary.

To the students who are innocent victims of the actions of others, we pledge our full support to ensure the successful completion of your studies. We will offer additional academic and personal counselling services and we will ensure that all learning outcomes for your program are achieved without extending the semester.

The vast majority of our students have adhered to safe practice guidelines for almost one full year. Our employees have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of our community. The measures we have put in place in our teaching and learning facilities, as well as our own on-campus residences have worked. We have not had a case of COVID-19 transmission occur at any of our campuses. This makes the behaviour of this small group of students even more disheartening and the apparent lack of the attention to safety protocols at a large complex populated by students so upsetting.

We recognize that the general public and our valued partners are also very disappointed. As we take action to investigate and hold those responsible accountable for their actions, we must also come together to support each other. As some positive signs are emerging in the global battle against the virus, Fleming College, like so many members of our community, pledges to build back better, together.”

–Maureen Adamson, Fleming College President

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 suspends in-person classes at Sutherland Campus for 14 days

Peterborough ON – (February 28, 2021) – Peterborough Public Health (PPH) declared a COVID-19 outbreak on Saturday at the privately owned Severn Court complex on Brealey Drive. Several cases have been confirmed, including a positive screening for a variant of concern. PPH is leading the investigation into this outbreak and will contact anyone who is required to quarantine or isolate.

Due to the proximity to Sutherland Campus, Fleming has taken proactive steps in collaboration with PPH to ensure community safety.

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.

Operations at Frost and Haliburton Campuses will continue as planned, as will all online teaching.

Fleming is committed to supporting our students, staff and the larger community through this public health response. Further actions will be announced as more information becomes available.

It is critical that anyone who attended Severn Court between February 20 and February 27, 2021 and has developed a new or worsening COVID-related symptom (even if it is mild) that is not related to other causes or conditions, advise the College by using our COVID-19 Reporting Form. This tool enables effective tracking and safety protocols that support our Fleming communities.

The resources and supports available to Fleming students include:

  • A COVID-19 Support Line has been set up for Fleming students from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for any COVID-related inquiries: 866-341-3485
  • Contact us by email: covid19@flemingcollege.ca
  • If you are in crisis and need to talk to someone right away, please use one of the 24/7 emergency counselling services available through the Personal Wellness Supports webpage

This remains a fast-developing situation, and students and staff are reminded to follow all safety protocols and not let their guards down as we continue the fight against this pandemic.

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

Ontario Increases Mental Health Funding to Support Students at Fleming College and Trent University

Funding will be used to expand access to critical services during COVID-19


Peterborough-Kawartha (February 26, 2021) – The Ontario government is providing a total of $ 695,894 to help increase access to mental health and addiction services for students at Fleming College and Trent University. The funding will strengthen community partnerships, increase the number of mental health workers and programs, and immediately expand access for students to the provincial mental health and addictions system during COVID-19.

“There is no denying the added stresses the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to many post-secondary students in Peterborough-Kawartha, and throughout the Province. Having to pivot to learning almost exclusively online, and the difficulties that can arise when learning from home has been a challenge for student’s mental well-being. Despite this, I have been continuously impressed by both Trent University and Fleming College’s supports available to students. That is why I am thrilled to see this additional investment coming from the Province, so we can continue to address student’s well-being and ultimately help them achieve their goals.”-Peterborough-Kawartha MPP, Dave Smith

“We know that postsecondary education can be a difficult time for students and the COVID-19 outbreak has only increased the pressure on students’ mental health. It is vital to create the right conditions to help students access supports and succeed in postsecondary education. This investment will help strengthen community partnerships, increase the number of mental health workers and programs, and immediately expand and increase access to mental health and addictions services for postsecondary students during COVID-19. We will continue to work with our postsecondary institutions to ensure that students are receiving the mental health supports they need.”- Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP, David Piccini

“Increasing access to mental health supports for students is more important than ever,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “This additional funding will directly impact students attending both the Haliburton and Lindsay Sir Sanford Fleming College campuses and support a learning environment that helps students succeed in education and life.”- The Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

This funding is part of the province’s total investment of $26.25 million for mental health supports for postsecondary students in 2020-21. It will support more services for students on-campus and virtually and can also be used to address the needs of vulnerable and diverse groups, such as Indigenous students, LGBTQ students and students with disabilities.

Providing mental health supports for postsecondary students is part of Ontario’s Roadmap to Wellness, the government’s plan to build a connected and comprehensive mental health and addiction system that ensures children, youth, and adults in Ontario receive appropriate services where and when they need them.

“Mental health support for students is a key priority for Trent University. Through one-on-one therapeutic support, and a range of supports to match diverse student needs, we strive to connect students with access to services and resources as quickly as possible.This new funding has allowed the University to increase mental health supports for students at our campuses in both Peterborough and Durham, as well as enhance our training and resources for faculty and staff to ensure we recognize and support students who may be struggling. Particularly in this year when the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges and heightened anxieties, Trent applauds the Province’s commitment to investing in mental health supports for postsecondary students.”- Dr. Leo Groarke, Trent University President

“Students continue to face extreme challenges, and the pandemic has heightened the stress and anxiety that many of our students face,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “We are tremendously grateful to Minister Scott, MPP Smith and MPP Piccini for their generosity. This funding will empower us to enhance our supports for mental health and addictions, and address the needs of vulnerable and diverse groups, both on-campus and virtually.”- Maureen Adamson, Fleming College President   

QUICK FACTS

  • To ensure postsecondary students have access to the mental health services and supports they need, the government is providing Sir Sanford Fleming College with $336,826 and Trent University with $359,068.
  • Over the last several years the mental health needs of postsecondary students have increased dramatically in Ontario. According to the last National College Health Assessment survey of the Canadian student population (2019):
    • 52 per cent of students reported feeling depressed, compared to 46 per cent in 2016.
    • 69 per cent experienced anxiety.
    • 12 per cent of Canada’s students had considered suicide, compared to 14 per cent in 2016.
    • 2.8 per cent of students reported having attempted suicide.
  • In October 2020, the Ontario government announced $19.25 million in mental health supports for postsecondary students.
  • In February 2021, the Ontario government announced an additional $7 million in funding to help increase access to mental health and addiction services for postsecondary students during COVID-19.
  • The government’s total investment of $26.25 million for mental health supports for postsecondary students in 2020-21 represents an increase of $10.25 million over last year.
  • The funding supports a variety of initiatives, including Good2Talk/Allo j’écoute, Ontario’s bilingual mental health helpline which provides professional counselling and information and referrals to all students via telephone, text and live chat (new this year). It is available to all postsecondary students 24/7, 365 days a year. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Roadmap to wellness: a plan to build Ontario’s mental health and addictions system.

Learn more about mental health services in Ontario.

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58688/ontario-increases-mental-health-funding-for-postsecondary-students.

MEDIA CONTACTS
Dave Smith Action Centre
1123 Water St. Peterborough ON K9H 3P7
705-742-3777
Dave.Smith@pc.ola.org

Fleming College seeks community support for $100,000 healthcare heroes fundraising campaign

Peterborough ON – (December 14, 2020) – Fleming College students in programs such as Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker and Paramedic have an important role to play in our community as frontline healthcare workers, caregivers and first responders. They are the future heroes who will be crucial in our recovery from COVID-19.

All students, especially those in healthcare, are experiencing significant financial strain as a result of the current situation. When the pandemic began, many held part-time jobs on the frontlines, while also completing clinical placements.

Due to new health and safety restrictions, they are no longer permitted to work in one health care setting and complete their clinical in another without quarantining for two weeks in between. These students faced a difficult decision: abandon their studies or leave their jobs. 

To support students in completing their studies and achieving their goal of helping our communities, Fleming has launched the Healthcare Heroes Campaign to provide bursaries to those in financial need.

Fleming Student Administrative Council (SAC) has stepped forth with a lead donation of $20,000 in support of the campaign. With additional donations from the community Fleming has raised nearly half of its target.

“Fleming College produces heroes who will join the frontlines of the pandemic, and we are tremendously grateful for those who help our students cross the finish line,” said Maureen Adamson, President of Fleming College. “Thank you to Fleming SAC and our generous donors for their gifts that help ensure we can train tomorrow’s heroes who will have the most privileged role of caring for our loved ones, when they need it most.”

“Now more than ever, healthcare students need our help. No student should have to choose between paying school tuition or being able to pay for basic living expenses,” said Zoe King, Fleming SAC President. “It’s our hope that this donation will inspire others to come together and make a gift to the Student Assistance Fund for Healthcare Heroes in this time of need.”

Student financial need is urgent and ongoing, and Fleming will continue to fundraise to meet the increasing need. Earlier this year, the College provided $415,000 in financial aid to 1,200 domestic and international students through its COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund.

If you are able, please make a donation to the Student Assistance Fund for Healthcare Heroes today.   

Learn more about healthcare programs at Fleming College and watch a tribute to students and alumni working on the frontlines: Fleming College Creates Heroes.  

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.

Fleming Student Administrative Council Inc.
The Student Administrative Council Inc. (SAC) is a non-profit corporation that serves the social and political needs of the students at Fleming College. SAC is the official voice of the student body. Students elected each year to the Board of Directors for SAC serve on various college committees and have input into policy decisions of the College. More information about SAC can be found on their website at www.flemingsac.ca and their social media @flemingsac.

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
Cobourg Cobourg Campus 1005 Elgin St. W. Cobourg ON K9A 5J4
Ph: (905) 372-6865

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

Fleming College releases holiday music video #WonderfulWorld in support of students and local community

Peterborough ON – (December 11, 2020) – Fleming College has persevered through the unexpected events of this year. We dedicate this holiday music video to all of the students, staff, frontline workers, and our many local heroes who have made an untenable situation a moment of pride and reflection on the power of coming together. Let us always be reminded that it is our family, friends and communities who are the beacons of light, when we need them the most. Like the previous “Lost Together” video released in April, this video is a collaborative project by local artists, dedicating their time and talent and most importantly, their heart.  Featuring Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo and other musicians from the Kawartha region, this is a cover of the classic song “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

“These musicians are very special people and our community is blessed to have such passionate talent,” said Maureen Adamson, Fleming College President. “I could not be more proud of how we have led and navigated through the events of this year with safety as our guiding principle. My wish for everyone that watches this video is that they are reminded of the importance of friends, family and community, and that this inspires optimism for a wonderful 2021. We have every reason to be hopeful.”

Adamson hopes that you will stay tuned for a Fleming surprise that will surely brighten your day at its Sutherland Campus in Peterborough, ON.

The video was directed and produced by Michael Hurcomb; other producers include James McKenty, Melissa Payne and Kate Suhr.

Fleming College thanks all those involved in this musical gift for the holidays, not in the least the musicians: Greg Keelor, Jimmy Bowskill, Beau Dixon, Whitney Hall, James McKenty, Melissa Payne, Kate Suhr and Maureen Adamson. There are also special appearances by: Tania Clerac, Sandra Dupret, Brett Goodwin, Chandra Gupta, Blake Morris, Angela Pind, Linda Poirier, Neil Price, Elizabeth Stone, Drew Van Parys and Scott Walling.

Watch Fleming College presents #WonderfulWorld.

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.

Media, for more information or interviews, please contact:
Sara O’Halloran
Executive Assistant, Office of the President
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

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
Cobourg Cobourg Campus 1005 Elgin St. W. Cobourg ON K9A 5J4
Ph: (905) 372-6865

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

Fleming College receives funding for laboratory equipment for COVID-19 research

Peterborough, ON – (November 9, 2020) Fleming College’s Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT) has been awarded $50,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for research infrastructure related to the CAWT’s COVID-19 research.

The funding announcement was made today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. The funding is part of the CFI’s Exceptional Opportunities Fund, which covers the urgent need for equipment for ongoing research related to COVID-19.

The funds awarded to Fleming College will be used to acquire a refrigerated centrifuge and an ultra-low temperature freezer for the CAWT laboratory in Lindsay, Ontario. This equipment will allow researchers to safely extract and store samples of wastewater containing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The CAWT is currently working with an Ontario company to develop a technology that can quickly detect and monitor SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens in wastewater.

“Companies have had to pivot because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “Fleming College has been responsive to the shifting needs of our industry partners.  With the addition of this research equipment for the CAWT, we will be able to better support innovative water technology companies that are looking to develop solutions to some of the issues surrounding COVID-19.”

Fleming is one of 52 universities and research hospitals, colleges, polytechnics and Cégeps across Canada to receive the Exceptional Opportunities Funding from the CFI.

“Canadian researchers’ immediate response to the pandemic has demonstrated the research community’s crucial role in helping to resolve this crisis,” said Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation in a statement. “Working to find a vaccine, to learn about how COVID-19 affects the human body, or to study how this pandemic has influenced every aspect of our lives, Canada’s researchers have taken centre stage as our guides and our source of hope. The CFI is proud to support their efforts by equipping them with the research infrastructure they need to further their significant work.”

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Marilyn Strain
Manager, Digital Marketing & Creative Services
marilyn.strain@flemingcollege.ca 

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