When I retired, I decided to volunteer with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO). I’ve helped an accounting organization in Ukraine; worked with the State Administration of Tax in China; and just finished an assignment with the Tanzania Federation of Cooperatives. Read more...
Georgian helped to prepare me for my future. I remember many of the teachers, using punch cards in our Data Processing class, taking thousands of pages of notes (no such thing as personal computers back then) and burning the midnight oil studying for exams.
Georgian was the place many of us grew up, met our first true loves, learned to take our place in society and so much more. I married Doreen, who was also in the Business Administration program. My program made me eligible for my job with Revenue Canada. I spent the next 34 years working there. I’m a Chartered Professional Accountant.
When I retired, I decided to volunteer with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO). CESO receives funding from the Canadian Government, and provide services within Canada and around the world to help communities in need. Being a volunteer allows me to share my knowledge and know how with others and to give back to society just a little of what it has given me.
I’ve helped an accounting organization in Ukraine prepare professional development courses; worked with several Aboriginal communities in Canada; provided support to both the Private Sector Commission and Guyana Revenue Authority in South America; worked with the State Administration of Tax in China; and just finished an assignment in Africa, where I assisted the Tanzania Federation of Cooperatives.
My philosophy is that being retired doesn’t mean you’re no longer of use, it just means you can choose the type of work you do. My advice to Georgian students and graduates is to set aside time to give back to society – and give back even more when retired.
Maker Club member and Computer Programmer student
Faced with waiting again for a late bus, most people just complain. But Maker Club member and Computer Programmer student Zifeng Xu decided to do something more productive – he created a Barrie Transit mobile app that checks bus routes, stops and arrival times. Read more...
Faced with waiting again for a late bus, most people just complain. But Maker Club member and Computer Programmer student Zifeng Xu decided to do something more productive – he created a Barrie Transit mobile app that checks bus routes, stops and arrival times.
He started by painstakingly collecting bus stop coordinates using Google Maps. Since then, he’s met with Mayor Jeff Lehmann and Barrie Transit staff and can update his app much more easily. He’s collaborating with the city on the messaging function and live map. His app can be downloaded from Google Play.
Zifeng had the opportunity to demostrate his prototype for Peter Moore, the Barrie entrepreneur whose donation of $250,000 will fund the Peter B. Moore Changemaker Space at the Barrie Campus. The student-driven and student-owned facility will feature a mobile usability lab to test web products or services on a variety of platforms and a 3D printer for building prototypes.
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