Fleming College Graduate Wins Premier’s Award in Technology

Peterborough, ON – (Nov. 30, 2022) – Fleming College graduate Steve DeRoy has received a prestigious Premier’s Award in the Technology category. The award was handed out during a ceremony in Toronto Nov. 28, 2022.

The Premier’s Awards for college graduates recognizes past and recent graduates from Ontario colleges in seven categories; Each nominee has made outstanding social and economic contributions in his or her field and in the community.

Steve DeRoy graduated from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – Cartographic Specialist at Fleming’s Frost Campus in 1998.

“I am honoured to receive the 2022 Premier’s Award in the Technology category. Fleming College prepared me with the tools to engage in story telling through maps and geographic information systems (GIS) technologies, to stay curious and find creative solutions to tough problems,” Steve said. “These foundational skills continue to be applied in my daily work as we build a global community of Indigenous mappers.”

An award-winning Anishinaabe professional and entrepreneur, Steve is the co-founder and director of the Firelight Group, which provides community-based research and technical support to Indigenous Peoples.

He founded the Indigenous Mapping Collective in 2014 alongside technology partners Google, Esri Canada, Mapbox, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency, an annual workshop which aims to build a global community of Indigenous mappers who tell their own stories of place and space. Since 2014, the Indigenous Mapping Collective has held annual workshops and trained over 2,500 Indigenous community mappers on emerging geospatial tools and technologies.

More than 3,000 Indigenous communities in Canada have been added to Google Maps and Google Earth thanks to Steve’s work in founding the Indigenous Mapping Collective.

“We are so proud of Steve and all of his achievements,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “His work has helped thousands of Indigenous people mark their place and space in this world, on their terms. We are proud of Steve’s accomplishments and look forward to the next phase of his journey.”

Steve DeRoy was among six Fleming College alumni who were nominated for a Premier’s Award.

About the Premier’s Awards
The Premier’s Awards for College Graduates recognizes college graduates across six categories who have made significant social and economic contributions to society. Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted by Ontario’s 24 public colleges. The recipients must demonstrate outstanding achievement related to their college experience and have made a significant contribution to their communities. On the 25th anniversary of these awards, it is more important than ever to recognize the talented and innovative leaders who are graduating from Ontario’s colleges, and whose outstanding contributions are supporting the economy and improving lives.

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:
Sarah Deeth

Communications Officer

sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca

705-749-5530 ext. 1161

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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Fleming College Hosts 38th Annual Loggersports Competition

Lindsay, ON – (Nov. 4, 2022) – Fleming College is hosting the annual Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association (CILA) Loggersports Competition Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Fleming Loggersports site at the Frost Campus in Lindsay, ON.

This year’s competition will pit 135 students from six different schools against each other in a slew of logging-related events, testing each competitor’s strength, determination, and grit.

Challenges include Log Decking, Pulp Throwing, the Chocker Race, and a Pole Climb. Students will face off in the Water Boil, Underhand Chop, Swede Saw and the Crosscut Saw.

Opening Ceremonies take place at 8 a.m., with the competition getting into full swing at 8:30 a.m.

Members of the public and the media are welcome to attend the competition.

Fleming is one of six schools across Canada currently registered as CILA members. The Loggersports competition on Saturday is the second of four competitions CILA members will compete in this year. Teams earn points at each competition. The team with the most points at the end of the season becomes the CILA Champions for the year. 

The day’s schedule is as follows:

Morning Events from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.:

  • Log Decking
  • Pulp Throwing
  • Chocker Race
  • Quarter Split
  • Single Buck
  • Pole Climb
  • Axe Throw
  • Standing Block Chop
  • Chain Saw
  • Super Swede Saw

Competitors Break for lunch between 12 – 1 p.m.

Afternoon Events from 1 – 3 p.m.:

  • Swede Saw
  • Crosscut Saw
  • Underhand Chop
  • Water Boil

Spare Competition takes place from 3 – 3:30 p.m.

The Awards Ceremony takes place from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Fleming College Celebrates Fall Open House

Peterborough, ON – (October 24, 2022) – Fleming College is welcoming prospective students from across Ontario at its annual fall Open House on Oct. 29.

The Fall Open House runs from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., with events taking place at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus in Peterborough, Frost Campus in Lindsay and at the Haliburton School of Art + Design.

The Sutherland Campus will commence with a land acknowledgment at the front entrance of the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre (KTTC), led by Liz Stone, Fleming College Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, followed by Indigenous dancer, Kelli Marshall. Please note that this is not the main entrance to the college. There will also be fitness demonstrations put on by law and justice students and instructors. In addition, the Child and Youth Care program will be running a sensory simulation lab for visitors. There will be many other displays and demonstrations throughout campus labs and at the KTTC throughout the day.

At the Frost Campus visitors can catch some live tree climbing and blasting technique demonstrations along with interactive demonstrations on the heavy equipment simulators. Displays of rocks, minerals, geophysical equipment and specimens from Frost’s Fish and Wildlife labs will be on display.  

Visitors to Fleming’s Haliburton Campus have a chance to let their inner artist shine. In addition to touring the Haliburton School of Art + Design guests can try their hand at felting in the Fibre Arts Studio, or hand building with clay in the Ceramics Studio.

Fleming’s Pre Service Firefighter program will be hosting its open house at the Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy located at 36 Industrial Road in Norwood, ON.

At each campus Fleming’s instructors and professors from its wide array of programs will be on hand to answer questions and meet prospective students. Guests can tour our campuses, learn more about the services that are available to students and get the latest information on financial aid options, the application process, residence life and making the transition from secondary school to Fleming College.

Media is welcome and encouraged to visit any of our campuses during Open House. If you are planning on attending, please contact Communications Officer Sarah Deeth at sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca.

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:
Sarah Deeth

Communications Officer

sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca

705-749-5530 ext. 1161

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: @FlemingCollege

Instagram: @flemingcollege

Fleming Students Help Endangered Monarch Butterflies

Lindsay, ON – “I actually refer to Fleming as finding my Hogwarts,” Jenna Lynch said with a laugh.

It’s a comparison she makes, she said, because Harry Potter found a sense of purpose and community in the wizarding world, and Lynch has found the same thing at Fleming College.

And like Harry Potter, she never saw it coming.

Lynch said she never thought she’d pursue a science-focused area of study.

She certainly didn’t think she’d spend her summer saving Monarch butterflies. She never imagined she would love every minute of it.

“I’m just really happy to be in an environment I can really thrive in,” she said.

Lynch transferred to Fleming after trying a different career path at another institution. But it wasn’t a good fit. She wanted something that promised variety and growth.

“I was just trying to find what was best for me,” she said.

Lynch enrolled in one of Fleming’s duo diploma programs, taking Conservation Biology and Forestry at the Frost Campus.

It was exactly what she was looking for.

Lynch said she’s excelled in areas where she never had before, and found her passion in asking questions, exploring the natural world, and taking deep dives into things she has yet to learn.  

“And I found friends who love the same quirky things I do,” Lynch said.

One of those friends is fellow Conservation Biology student Jaime Jackson-who stepped in to help Lynch in her quest to save Monarch butterflies.

That journey began earlier this summer, when Lynch got a job as a summer student at Frost Campus’s arboretum and seed bank.

Part of her duties included ridding the area of copious amounts of Dog Strangling Vine. It is an invasive species that bears a strong resemblance to Milkweed.

Milkweed, Jackson explained, is vital to the life cycle of Monarch butterflies.

Monarch butterflies will lay their eggs on Milkweed leaves. Once hatched, the young caterpillars will feed on those leaves until it is time for them to pupate.

Unfortunately, Monarchs often mistake the leaves of the Dog Strangling Vine for Milkweed. Those leaves have no nutritional value for the hatching Monarch caterpillars.

“They mistakenly lay their eggs there and then the caterpillar dies,” said Jackson.

Lynch began the painstaking process of checking each Dog Strangling Vine for Monarch eggs and caterpillars. The pair extended their search to other areas outside the Frost Campus. Jackson said they’d often check Milkweed growing in places where the municipality was set to mow, saving every egg and caterpillar they could.

Once found, the leaf was gently removed, placed in a clear plastic container, and taken to a makeshift Monarch nursery at the Frost Campus.

From there, the caterpillars were raised on a regular supply of nutritious Milkweed leaves the pair harvested on an almost daily basis.

“It’s very tedious,” Lynch said with a laugh.

A tedious job that couldn’t have come at a more urgent time. In July the International Union for the Conservation of Nature placed the Monarch Butterfly on its endangered species list.

“It’s a long time coming, getting Monarchs the classification they need,” Lynch said, adding that more needs to be done if the species will be saved.

Monarchs migrate from Canada, through the U.S. and to Mexico each year. While the species may be protected, Lynch explained that migratory path-and the Milkweed plant -will also need that same level of protection.

She points out that the rest of us will have to do our part to make sure this crucial insect survives, and that can include changing attitudes around what’s considered a garden nuisance or a helpful pollinator.

Unfortunately, Lynch said, caterpillars can be seen as pests due to their need to feed off foliage.

“I think people forget that in order to get a butterfly, you need to have a caterpillar first,” she said.

Lynch also cautions against starting your own Monarch rescue operation. Eggs and young caterpillars are very fragile, and she said those who don’t know what they’re doing can cause more harm than good.

The best way to help, she said, is to plant Milkweed, pull out Dog Strangling Vine and stop using pesticides.

While their work in the Monarch nursery is slowing down, Lynch and Jackson have their eyes set on what lies ahead.

Both have graduated from Conservation Biology, and both are continuing their education at Fleming, enrolled in duo-diploma programs.

Jackson is now pursuing a diploma in Ecosystem Management.

Lynch has begun her classes in the Forestry program and said she’s already looking forward to what’s ahead.

“In this field there’s always something to learn, always something we don’t have the answers to,” she said.

That idea of not knowing all the answers is what excites her the most, she said.  

Fleming College Conservation Biology student Jenna Lynch works in her makeshift Monarch Nursery at the Frost Campus.

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Deeth

Communications Officer

sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca

705-749-5530 ext. 1161

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: @FlemingCollege

Instagram: @flemingcollege

Fleming College Helps Feed City of Kawartha Lakes Community

City of Kawartha Lakes, ON – (Aug 10, 2022) – Good things are growing at Fleming College.

The United Way City of Kawartha Lakes has opened a farm stand at Edwin Binney’s Community Garden in Lindsay, ON., selling fresh, affordable produce grown with the help of Fleming students and faculty.

The stand, located at 50 Mary Street W., runs each Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. throughout the growing season while supplies last. Freshly harvested veggies, fruits and herbs will be available for purchase.

A small sample of some of the fresh fruits and veggies available for sale at the farm stand. Picture courtesy of the United Way of the City of Kawartha Lakes

Fleming’s Sustainable Agriculture program, based at Fleming’s Frost Campus, and United Way City of Kawartha Lakes have been developing the garden since 2019.

“This garden is a living lab providing our students with an invaluable, hands-on education and an experience that travels far outside the classroom,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “The work they are doing in Edwin Binney’s Community Garden benefits not only the students but the entire region. As many homes struggle with rising grocery bills, Fleming students are helping to supply fresh, nutritious food to the community.”

The garden plot was once an empty, unused lot owned by Crayola Canada.

In just four years, Fleming’s Sustainable Agriculture diploma and post-graduate and Ecosystem Management students have helped turn the once vacant lot into a thriving community garden with a robust irrigation system and more than 100 fruit trees.

In its first year, Fleming students and faculty with the Sustainable Agriculture Technician program helped produced 5,500 lbs. of fresh produce. Last year that yield increased to 16,264 lbs. of healthy fruits and vegetables.

Fleming College students work in Edwin Binney’s Community Garden

Much of that produce makes its way to 20 agencies and 10 foodbanks throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes. The United Way, supported by Fleming College, has also implemented three pilot projects which provide produce to nearly 300 people living in rent-geared-to-income housing who are identified as being at risk for food insecurity.

The garden also provides co-op placements for students and has created employment opportunities for summer students.

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:
Sarah Deeth

Communications Officer

sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca

705-749-5530 ext. 1161

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: @FlemingCollege

Instagram: @flemingcollege

Fleming College Celebrates Indigenous History Month

Peterborough ON – (June 17, 2022) – Fleming College is celebrating the rich culture, contributions, and diversity of Indigenous People across the northern part of Turtle Island as Indigenous History Month continues.  

Fleming’s Indigenous Perspectives Team members have planned events across all College campuses next week, June 20-24.  

Monday, June 20: Students and staff will build a Teaching Lodge at the Sutherland Campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teaching Lodges offer a place for students and staff to gather in a traditional Indigenous setting, where we can learn, teach, utilize Indigenous Pedagogy and hold meetings and ceremony.

A Teaching Lodge was built at the Frost Campus June 6. The last Teaching Lodge installment will take place at the Haliburton Campus on June 27.  

Fleming Staff and students build a Teaching Lodge at the Frost Campus

A guided exhibit explaining some of the treaties between Indigenous communities and Canadians will run throughout the week at the Sutherland Campus. Tours will run from 1 – 3 p.m.  

You can take the tour virtually by visiting Whose.Land or Native-Land. 

Tuesday, June 21: Day of solidarity at all three campuses for National Indigenous Peoples Day.  

Wednesday, June 22: Frost Campus will host a guided exhibit explaining some of the treaties between Indigenous communities and Canadians from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  

Sutherland Campus will host a drum making/repair workshop with Knowledge Holder Anne Taylor at 10 a.m. in the Indigenous Student Services Lounge (limited spaces available).   

Thursday, June 23: Strawberry Picking from 9:30 – 11 a.m. at The Berry Patch. Strawberry pickers can drop by the Sutherland Campus’s Indigenous Student Services Lounge from 12 – 4:30 p.m. to make scone, strawberry compote and enjoy a strawberry feast. 

Friday, June 24: Three Sisters planting at the new Indigenous Perspectives garden at the Sutherland Campus from 9 – 11 a.m. 

There will be a Sacred Fire at the outdoor Cultural Space (Sutherland Campus) from 2 – 4 p.m.  

Fleming Staff are encouraged to participate in “In Their Moccasins,” a game with quizzes and narrative branching (choose your own adventure style) elements. It is designed to build capacity for empathy for Indigenous students’ lived realities. Contributions to the game were made by Fleming Indigenous students. 

This year marks an important milestone for Fleming College’s Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD). More than 2,000 students have now graduated with their IPD. IPD students have chosen to incorporate more in-depth knowledge of First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples, cultures, histories, traditions, and contributions through the course of their Fleming College studies. 

Fleming has also created a new logo to be used by the Indigenous Perspectives team and initiatives.   

The new logo for Indigenous Perspectives and initiatives.

We’re looking forward to seeing you! 

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:
Sarah Deeth

Communications Officer

sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca

705-749-5530 ext. 1161

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: @FlemingCollege

Instagram: @flemingcollege

Fleming’s Frost Campus Gets Ready To Celebrate Convocation

City of Kawartha Lakes, ON – (June 6, 2022) – Students at Fleming College’s Frost Campus are set to celebrate an academic milestone during two Convocation ceremonies June 10.  

The first ceremony takes place at 10 a.m., with students graduating from nine programs within the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will host all remaining School of Environmental and Natural Resource Science programs, and students graduating from the School of Trades and Technology programs housed at the Frost Campus.

This year also marks the first time students graduating from the Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement program will be able to graduate with their Indigenous Perspectives Designation. Those students will receive a letter acknowledging this accomplishment in their graduation package. IPD students have chosen to incorporate more in-depth knowledge of First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples, cultures, histories, traditions, and contributions through the course of their Fleming College studies. Convocation is one of the most important events at the College, and a pivotal moment in a student’s academic career. Fleming College is proud of all our graduating students and their accomplishments.

Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend the in-person ceremony. If you plan to attend, please contact Communications Officer Sarah Deeth at 705-749-5530 ext. 1161 or email sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca.

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:
Sarah Deeth

Communications Officer

sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca

705-749-5530 ext. 1161

Web: flemingcollege.ca

Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege

Instagram: @flemingcollege