Centre for Sustainable Technologies opens at Georgian’s Barrie Campus
Georgian has officially opened its Centre for Sustainable Technologies at the Barrie Campus. The new building was opened Sept. 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony involving bucket trucks from Hydro One and PowerStream, both major donors to the $8-million building.The Centre houses numerous Georgian programs, including new offerings aimed at the construction industry and electrical utilities sector.
Key participants in the opening event were Barrie MPP Aileen Carroll, representing Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Minister John Milloy, Laura Formusa, CEO, Hydro One, and Brian Bentz, CEO, PowerStream.
Creation of the building is part of Georgian’s strategy to continue to offer quality programs that can lead students to jobs in growth industries.
Georgian President and CEO Brian Tamblyn said the building project began to take shape in 2008 when the Ontario government announced a $4.65-million investment through the Strategic Skills Training Capital Investment Program.
“Even with the generosity of the provincial government, this building could never have been completed as a premier facility without the additional support of our corporate partners and friends,” he said.
Besides Hydro One and PowerStream other donors to the building include the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association, the Ontario Road Builders Association, the Simcoe County Heavy Construction Association and the Schroeter family and Napoleon Fireplaces and Grills.
Student Jonathon Bradley, who will graduate from the current three-year Electrical Engineering Technology program, also spoke at the opening.
“Like all students, I have always dreamed of having a career that I knew would offer me a lot of room for growth and advancement. Thanks to Georgian, I am going to fulfill that goal,” Bradley said.
Eric Broger, Chair of the Georgian College Board of Governors, thanked all donors, both public and private, for their generosity and noted the contributions of the College’s Power of Education Campaign in raising more than $19 million towards its goal of $25 million for this and other Georgian projects.
Play to your strengths
by Anne-Marie McAllister, RN, B.Ed., Manager, Organizational Learning, Georgian College and Gay Ainsworth, Corporate Trainer
Anne-Marie McAllister and Gay Ainsworth work on their strength.
Throughout our lives, we learn to turn to others to tell us our strengths. Our parents, our teachers, and, later, the employer’s performance appraisal, define our strengths and weaknesses, and we carry these “truths” (beliefs) into our work.
Imagine spending a majority of your day at work energized, inspired and engaged. Living a life that is driven by your strengths provides the pathway to this possibility. However, your strengths can only be determined by you, and you, alone.
Let’s examine a new definition of a strength. True strength has a yearning quality. It keeps you inquisitive. You remain focused, and it leaves you feeling fulfilled. In essence, you are “being” extraordinary. In a world that focuses on skills and knowledge, your strengths (talents) are what make you unique.
In Marcus Buckingham’s book Go Discover Your Strengths, he encourages readers to clearly and vividly describe their strengths. As a first step in your strengths journey, make some notes over the next weeks on the following;
- Three to five activities you look forward to doing
- Activities for which you volunteer
- Occasions where you experience energy, inspiration and engagement
In order to spend more of your day being in a place of strength:
- FOCUS on how this strength would help in your current role
- RELEASE (identify) missed opportunities to use this strength
- EDUCATE by learning new skills and techniques to build this strength
- EXPAND your job around this strength
You will make your greatest contribution when you offer up your unique combination of strengths. In a world of competition, fear and scarcity, playing to your strengths will take you to a place where you can be authentic, abundant and strong.
Centre for Health and Wellness groundbreaking
Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1 pm
across from the Administration Building at the Barrie Campus
One Georgian Drive, Barrie
R.S.V.P. to (705) 728-1968, ext. 1591 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
by October 9, 2009
Students’ Administrative Council (SAC) turns 40!
On October 7th SAC will celebrate 40 years of contributing to the success of our students and you are invited to help them celebrate!
There will be a flag raising ceremony at 9am at the flagpoles located in the Governor’s Circle (the Town Crier will have a great announcement to make), and then you are invited to a celebration starting at 11am in front of the SAC office (located in the J building, directly across from the TLC). We will have cake and refreshments for all who come.
The Georgian College Alumni Association is now on Facebook!
Join our Facebook Page and keep up-to-date with all things Alumni.
You will get information on the Alumni Association, the benefits and services you are entitled to, events on campus, and much more.
Get the best deals in travel as a Georgian alumnus
The snow is coming — book your getaway now!
The Georgian College Alumni Association partnership with Advantage InTravel means Georgian alumni, family and friends have access to great deals. Whether you are booking a package deal, flights, hotels, or even a car, you can do it for less with Advantage InTravel.
Not only will you save money, but a contribution will be made back to Georgian College for each booking you make through the website or by phone at 1-800-909-VALU (identify yourself as a Georgian alumnus).
Go to www.georgianc.on.ca/alumni, click on the Advantage InTravel logo and check out the deals that will help you face winter!
Keep in Touch
We need your help!
The Alumni Association is looking for its lost grads. If you know of a classmate, friend, spouse – any Georgian alumnus out there who is not receiving the alumni magazine or taking advantage of the benefits and services available to alumni – encourage that person to update his or her information with us.
Ways to update information:
- Alumni Profile update form on the website: www.georgianc.on.ca/alumni/
- Email email@example.com
- Phone (705) 728-1968, ext. 1210
Make sure your own information is up to date as well!
Be part of the Grad Grapevine in our upcoming magazine!
Say hi to all your old classmates, let them know what you are doing now, ask them to contact you. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us what year and program you graduated from, and any other information you would like your friends to know. We will include it in an upcoming issue of our magazine.