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Public invited to sign book of condolences for slain RCMP officer at Owen Sound Campus Tuesday, Jan. 27

Published on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

RCMP Constable David Wynn
RCMP Constable David Wynn

Police Foundations students at the Owen Sound Campus invite members of the local community to drop by the campus on Tuesday, Jan. 27 to sign a book of condolences for the family of slain RCMP Const. David Matthew Wynn of Alberta.

Const. Wynn was fatally shot Jan. 17 while investigating the theft of a vehicle in St. Albert. RCMP Auxiliary Const. Derek Bond was also shot and injured and is recovering at home.

Police Foundations students will forward this book of signatures and messages to Const. Wynn’s wife and children. They hope community members will take a moment to sign the book, acknowledging the dedication of police officers and showing support for police and their families here and across Canada.

Hours for signing the book of condolences are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on one day only — Tuesday, Jan. 27.

The book is available in the front lobby of the Owen Sound Campus at 1450 8th St. E., in Owen Sound.

Practical Nursing, Pre-Health Sciences coming to Penetanguishene

Published on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Two practical nursing students in Owen Sound, working on a high-fidelity sim in a nursing labPersonal support workers in Penetanguishene, and others who would like to expand their career to become practical nurses, will have an opportunity to do so on a part-time basis, beginning September 2015.

Georgian College is planning to offer the part-time Practical Nursing program in partnership with the County of Simcoe at Georgian Village. The program will be open to the public as well as staff at the seniors’ lifestyle community. The program would take about three and a half to four years to complete, with most classes taking place in the evening.

For applicants who do not meetentrance requirements, plans are also underway to offer the Pre-Health Sciences upgrading program at Georgian Village this summer, including courses in mathematics, chemistry and biology. Classes would run three evenings a week.

Availability of both programs will depend on sufficient enrolment.

Full details will be available at an information fair planned for March 11 at the Georgian Village auditorium, between 3 and 7 p.m. Please plan to attend.



Let’s Talk Georgian focuses on mental health Jan. 28

Published on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Wednesday, Jan. 28 is Bell Let’s Talk Day, and Georgian College has created its own related event, “Let’s Talk Georgian” to focus on mental health.

Georgian student Stephanie Good will begin the conversation about her own journey as a student living with mental health issues. Come hear Stephanie speak at 12:15 p.m. in Room K326, Barrie Campus and be part of Let’s Talk Day.

Please remember that Counselling Services are available for all students who want to talk privately.

Two other helpful resources for Georgian students are the Good to Talk helpline for postsecondary students and the MyWellness pages

As part of its annual event to highlight concerns and solutions around mental health, Bell will donate five cents to mental health initiatives for each of the following made on Jan. 28:

  • Text message sent on its networks
  • Mobile and long distance call made on its networks
  • Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • Facebook image share

Bell’s Lets Talk has more details on their Canada-wide initiative.


Georgian students invited to network with employers at job fair Feb. 3

Published on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Close up shot of empty wine glasses on tableStudents looking for co-op positions or seasonal employment have the chance to land a job at the Georgian College Connect2Careers (C2C) career fair, taking place at the Barrie Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Employers from hospitality, tourism, culinary, recreation, esthetics and spa businesses will be in attendance. Some of them will lead workshops and roundtable discussions on topics ranging from resumé-building to beer tasting.  Continue reading

Lakehead-Georgian discussed on The Agenda

Published on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Georgian President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and three other panel members look on from stage as host Steve Paikin ask them questions about Barrie's past and future growthBusiness, academic and community leaders from across the region recently explored the issue of our evolving economy and Barrie’s rapid growth on TVO’s flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Continue reading

Goat cheese pioneer will be keynote speaker at food seminar Feb. 25

Published on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Tony Dutra, CEO of pioneering Canadian goat cheese processor Woolwich Dairy Inc., will be the featured speaker at a community seminar for food entrepreneurs hosted by the Orangeville Campus of Georgian College on Feb. 25.

The event, “Preserving Our Heritage, Creating Our Future”, takes place at Monora Park Pavilion in Mono, ON. Dutra will give the keynote address and also participate in a panel of experts later in the day.

Dutra, his wife Olga and his mother Adozinda founded the company in Grand Valley in 1983. Now headquartered in Orangeville, Woolwich is North America’s largest goat cheese producer, with manufacturing facilities in Quebec, Wisconsin and Orangeville and a distribution centre in Amaranth Township. With about 150 employees, Woolwich produces more than 50 varieties of cheese. Locally, the company purchases and processes a substantial amount of the goat milk produced by family farmers across Ontario.

The seminar will help local food entrepreneurs and aspiring artisan food producers understand how to cultivate a successful food business. It’s aimed at food and beverage entrepreneurs who want to know more about the agricultural and economic development trends. The seminar will offer tools and resources so agri-food businesses can position themselves advantageously to meet new consumer demand.

The day will feature a showcase of local food and beverage entrepreneurs who have launched a successful product or concept, presentations from a panel of experts, special guest speakers, and a lunch catered by a local chef.

Food entrepreneurs should attend this event to:

  • Learn about the processes and preparation required for starting a food business
  • Discover lessons learned from successful local food entrepreneurs
  • Discuss important food trends
  • Connect with other entrepreneurs, producers and suppliers
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch catered by a local chef

The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Monora Park Pavilion at 500 Monora Park Pavilion Rd., Mono, ON L9W 0E1. Admission is free, but space is limited and tickets are required. Please register online or contact Mary Whittaker at 519.940.0331, ext. 1774 for more information.

The event is offered by Georgian College in partnership with the Orangeville and Area Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC), Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance (HFFA), Downtown Orangeville BIA, Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), Dufferin.Biz, local municipalities and economic development partners in Dufferin County and Caledon.

Georgian’s campus closure procedure is changing

Published on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

A Georgian parking lot filled with cars covered in snow
It’s important to stay connected with Georgian to see if your campus may re-open later in the day following an early-morning closing.

In an effort to provide college operations as fully as possible, Georgian closure procedure has been changed to allow for the possibility of re-opening campuses that have closed earlier in the day due to weather or other emergency situations.

A campus may re-open if, for instance:

  • weather has improved and parking lots are cleared and sanded
  • hydro, heat or water has been interrupted but later restored
  • other similar circumstances have been resolved and it’s safe and practical to re-open

If the college is considering re-opening a campus later in the day, this possibility will be noted when the closure is first announced.

It will then be the responsibility of students and staff to monitor the Georgian website, Blackboard and/or local news media to check whether classes and other operations resume.

 If campuses are re-opened, students and staff are expected to attend.

Timing of closures and openings:

  •  Every effort will be made to make decisions on closing by 6 a.m. and to communicate this news beginning by 6:30 a.m. If a re-opening for noon or evening classes is being considered, this will be mentioned in the 6:30 a.m. message.
  •  For a noon opening, the decision will be made at 9:30 a.m. Communications will begin by 10 a.m.
  •  Decisions on evening classes will be made by 2:30 p.m. Communications will begin by 3 p.m.
  •  Decisions to close a campus may be made at any time depending on emergency situations and this will be communicated as quickly as possible by all available means.

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