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Free breakfast, other stress-relievers mark Give Thanks Week at Barrie Campus

Published on Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2015

The week of Oct. 5 to 9 has been identified as a period of high stress, suicide and dropout from postsecondary studies for students across North America.

To counteract this, Georgian’s Mental Health and Wellness Awareness Committee (Barrie Campus) created Give Thanks Week for students. To mark the week, vendor booths, activities and information have been set up outside the Barrie Campus library.

On Wednesday, staff volunteered to serve free breakfast – cereal and fruit – to hungry students.

Staff are also saying thank you to students by helping to fill the Food Locker. Other events include massage and chiropractic demonstrations, a residence thank you table and information from the Athletics department.

St. John’s Therapy dogs and their owners also visited the library to give students a welcome break from their studies – and a brief nuzzle or two.

Georgian hosts fire safety demo

Published on Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2015

Georgian hosted a live burn fire safety demo recently in order to promote fire safety to students and members of the community.

Cabinetmaking students assisted in building the units that were staged as dorm rooms and the Georgian College Students’ Association helped out by providing furniture. Both rooms were equipped with smoke detectors, but only one had a sprinkler system.

The units were set on fire and allowed to burn for the average length of time it takes a fire truck to arrive on scene, highlighting the importance of fire safety and responding to alarms.

Barrie Fire and Emergency Service was on hand to narrate the demonstration and put out the fire. Learn more about fire safety.

Barrie Campus burn demonstration

Waste Reduction Week activities Oct. 19 to 25

Published on Friday, Oct. 02, 2015


Georgian is committed to environmental sustainability. To celebrate Waste Reduction Week from Oct. 19 to 25, the college is implementing three initiatives.

A shot of a group of Georgian students and staff, from above.
Participants of Georgian’s Earth Day Campus Cleanup last spring

Campus Cleanup

On Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon, everyone is welcome to help clean up Georgian’s Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. A FREE lunch is included at noon, for all registered participants. Meetup locations are TLC in Barrie, the flagpole in Orillia, and the foyer in Owen Sound. Anyone who brings a reusable mug will get a free coffee voucher, only redeemable that day. Register for the cleanup .


Disposable coffee cups are getting between Georgian and its landfill diversion goals. The Barrie Campus alone uses 2.4 million cups a year, or 6,600 a day. So from Oct. 19 to 25 – during Waste Reduction Week – Georgian is encouraging all students and staff to take a selfie with their reusable mugs and post it to Twitter, Instagram or Georgian’s Facebook page with the hashtag #GCKilltheCup for a chance to win $100 for Georgian Stores. Participants can also take the #GCKilltheCup pledge at

Piloting new waste receptacles

Georgian is testing out three new waste receptacle options to see if they’ll improve landfill diversion. If you try them out, be sure to offer your feedback at for a chance to win lunch for two at a campus food venue of your choice. They’ll be at Owen Sound and Orillia campuses in November. In October, try them at the Barrie Campus:
– Next to Subway
– Outside the library, by the stairs
– By the M Building Tim Hortons, in the main hallway

Georgian to offer new advanced Denturism diploma

Published on Thursday, Oct. 01, 2015

Georgian College is offering a new Denturism program at the Barrie Campus starting January.

The three-year advanced diploma prepares students for careers as denturists. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to assist clients in attaining and maintaining oral health through complete, partial and immediate dentures, and dentures over implants. Continue reading

WOMEN’s inTUITION aims to build scholarship fund for female students

Published on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Giselle-Bodkin2015082004ForWebGiselle Bodkin, a volunteer member on Georgian’s Advancement Committee, wants to help female students realize their academic goals and career aspirations.

Inspired by a Women Moving Women event she attended, Bodkin is spearheading WOMEN’s inTUITION, a fundraising campaign to recruit women to donate $50 a month for five years ($3,000 total) to a scholarship fund for women studying at Georgian.

The fund will complement more than 850 other awards and scholarships available to Georgian students.

Bodkin, a partner at BDO Canada, thinks of her late sister-in-law Leanne Kavanagh when she thinks of the female students this fund will help.

About 25 years ago, Kavanagh was working in an Orillia bar, making minimum wage to put herself through Georgian’s nursing program part-time. Her parents couldn’t afford to help her and she didn’t qualify for financial aid. Through perseverance, Kavanagh went on to have a long career as a registered nurse at Trillium Manor.

When Kavanagh passed away from brain cancer, a note from one of her colleagues touched Bodkin. “Dr. Hall said Leanne was the embodiment of what nurses should be. You see, Georgian College isn’t just giving people a leg up, its graduating fantastic people. It’s giving people opportunities.”

Many students at Georgian require financial assistance. Of the 24 public colleges in Ontario, Georgian ranks fourth when it comes to the percentage of students who apply for financial assistance through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

In November, all WOMEN’S inTUITION donors will be invited to a celebration at the Barrie Campus, presented by co-title sponsors Metroland Media Group and Meridian Credit Union. There will be live musical entertainment, gourmet food and educational displays, but most importantly, says Bodkin, the chance for the donors and students to network.

“We want the students at Georgian to meet these successful women. Some of them are professors, accountants, administrators, lawyers. These are just a few examples of the careers that women are pursuing in Barrie and we’re very successful.”

Bodkin asks that if you value education, to join her in this movement.  Learn more on our website.

Georgian students celebrate new school year at Blue Mountain Resort Two new programs launched this semester

Published on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

SGB-students-at-BMR_Sept-2015_12ForWebThis month, Georgian College celebrates its fifth school year start at the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus. Students visited one of the community supporters who donated to the college’s first permanent campus in the region.

More than a dozen students experienced Blue Mountain Resort’s Base Camp attractions as part of the Georgian College Students’ Association’s (GCSA) back-to-school social activities.

GCSA director Keitha Atkins, a student in the Office Administration – Medical program, helped plan the event.

“It’s fun to bring students from all programs together and it helps with team building,” says Atkins.

She adds that since two new programs launched this semester, there is a lot more students to plan activities for.

The new programs are Business (Co-op) and Social Service Worker diplomas. New program development has blossomed since the opening of the Raglan Street campus.

Lynn Hynd, Campus Manager, says the increased study options are very popular among local residents.

“We anticipated about a dozen students for our first Social Service Worker intake and received 26,” she says.

Five years ago when Blue Mountain Resort pledged $100,000 in support of the new campus, staff knew the facility would play a large role in the community.

“It’s great that Georgian is growing and many students don’t have to move away for postsecondary education,” says Paul Pinchbeck, Vice President of Marketing for Blue Mountain Resort. “We have employees who are Georgian graduates and they not only enhance our business, but our community too.”

Full details of the 10 full-time programs and many part-time options available at the campus can be found on our website.


Georgian alumnus named one of MP&P’s Top 20 Under 40

Published on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Tyler, examining a piece he made using CNC milling machines
Tyler Magri

Recent Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills graduate Tyler Magri has been named one of Metalwork Production and Purchasing (MP&P) magazine’s Top 20 Under 40. According to the magazine, all honourees share two traits: humility and vision.

Tyler, who recently competed in the 2015 WorldSkills Competition in Brazil, is a great ambassador for his alma mater and his country. The hard-working alumnus is an apprentice machinist with Massiv Die-Form in Brampton and has a great career ahead of him.

The award will be handed to Tyler at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show in Mississauga on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The biennial show is attended by approximately 8,000 professionals from across the country and features the latest manufacturing equipment and technology.

Georgian faculty member Jurgen Hierholzer, Tyler’s former instructor and WorldSkills trainer, will be there to cheer Tyler on.

Read more about the Top 20 under 40 on the MP&P website.

Tom McBride is new Chair, Georgian College Board of Governors

Published on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Tom-McBride-2015WebTom McBride of Barrie is the new Chair of Georgian College’s Board of Governors.

McBride joined the Board in September 2011 and served as Vice Chair for two terms from September 2013 to August 2015. He was subsequently elected as Chair by his colleagues on the board, effective Sept. 1, 2015.

He is currently the President of McBride Robillard Financial Solutions Inc.

McBride has made incredible contributions to Georgian over the last several years as a member of the Board of Governors, bringing exceptional leadership and initiative to this important volunteer role.

As a member of the Board, McBride has been active in meetings and committee work – providing mentorship, wisdom and guidance. He has been particularly involved in the Advancement Committee, helping to strengthen community connections and raise funds to support Georgian and its students.

McBride’s dedication to excellence and passion for serving others extends beyond the college. He is very involved in the community as a business leader and philanthropist.

McBride embodies a lot of the same qualities Georgian hopes to instill in its students – he has an innovative mindset, is committed to the growth and development of the community, and he uses his skills and expertise to contribute however he can.

He is passionate about the future of Georgian College and feels honoured to continue his association with the board.

“Georgian College is a leader in postsecondary education and is committed to being an active agent of growth for students, employers, partners and the communities we serve,” says McBride.

The inaugural meeting of the board took place on Thursday, Sept. 24 in Barrie.

Also serving on the Board are Past Chair Chris Gariepy of Barrie; Vice Chairs Peter Craig of Orangeville and Jim Bertram of the Town of the Blue Mountains; MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO; Anita Arvast – faculty representative; Gwen Boniface of Orillia; Brian Davenport of Owen Sound; Don Gordon of Midland; Gabrielle Koopmans – administration representative; Paul Larche of Barrie; Angela Lockridge, Vice President, Corporate Services and Innovation, Georgian College; Dianne Martin of Barrie; Bruce Naylor of Orillia; Brittany Smith – student representative; Teresa Snelgrove of Shanty Bay; Kristin Taylor – support staff representative; and Kevin Wassegijig of Orillia.

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