Jewellery student gives new life to old gems

Published on Wednesday, Jul. 09, 2014

Kyle Barrett made a name for himself as a Georgian Jewellery and Metals student and is doing so again working as a goldsmith out of his home studio in Barrie. Kyle creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces for clients, taking great joy and pride in high quality work made to last.

When he was a student, Kyle was given the distinct honour of creating a gift for Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne. A collaborative effort between staff of the Jewellery and Metals program, the jewellery-making industry and the Grey and Simcoe County Foresters, this ceremonial brooch, made using only materials native to Ontario, was presented during Princesss Anne’s visit to Barrie in 2013.

Recently, Kyle was asked by a client to re-design a school ring using heirloom diamonds. The breathtaking piece is shown below. The client was thrilled.

Kyle tries not to overthink any jewellery project he takes on. He thinks the jewellery piece should always be able to speak for itself. “The beautiful quality that jewellery possesses is the ability to evoke an emotional response from the wearer and the admirer,” he says. “It develops an emotional connection which further develops into sentimentality, the secret weapon of jewellery.”

Learn more about the Jewellery and Metals program at Georgian.

A pair of heart-shaped earrings shown with a penny in the background.

Before: A pair of diamond earrings given to the client by a relative.

A gold and black high school ring with a deep red stone.

Before: The client’s cherished school ring.

A ring with diamonds and a red stone.

After: A beautifully designed work of art (click to see larger image).

Precision Skills student hopes to represent Canada in WorldSkills Competition

Published on Thursday, Jul. 03, 2014

A proud Tyler stands on the podium, holding the Ontario flag
Tyler Magri, Precision Skills student at Georgian College, stands on the podium at the Skills Canada closing ceremonies. The first-year student earned a bronze medal in the CNC category, and top honours in CNC milling. Photo credit: Skills Canada.

Tyler Magri, a first-year student in the Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills program at Georgian College’s Barrie Campus, is likely to compete in the use of computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil.

Magri will be taking part in WorldSkills trials before officially joining the Canadian skills team. To qualify for this opportunity, he earned the highest mark in CNC milling and a bronze medal in the overall CNC category at the Skills Canada competition from June 4 to 7 in Toronto. The national competition saw 500 of Canada’s trades students and apprentices – from hairstylists to electricians – competing for medals in their fields. Continue reading

Occupation-specific language training helps Canadian newcomers prepare for careers

Published on Thursday, Jul. 03, 2014

Help is here for new Canadian residents who need language and communication skills to succeed in the labour market. Specialized training is being offered by Georgian College this fall at the Barrie Campus.

Occupation-Specific Language Training (OSLT) is a free program that teaches language and communication skills specific to certain sectors and occupations. Continue reading

Georgian students’ 300-kilometre trek honours Canadian heroes, fallen soldiers

Published on Wednesday, Jul. 02, 2014

A group of Georgian College policing students will hike 300-kilometres to raise funds for a retreat for Canadian heroes and fallen soldiers.
Georgian College policing students (l-r), Jon Aldworth, Micael Lamontagne, Darren Baumman (Police Foundations graduate), Matt Evans and Keith Dow, are taking part in Ruck to Remember (absent: Josh Boyd and Rob Mullins).

A group of policing students from Georgian’s Orillia Campus is taking part in Ruck to Remember, a seven-day 300-kilometre trek from Hamilton to Parry Sound. The event will raise money to build a retreat in Northern Ontario for veterans and first responders struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading

Georgian-Lakehead university studies plan submitted this week

Published on Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014

Young man stands outside University Partnership Centre, smiling
In partnership – and by leveraging existing capacity – Georgian and Lakehead University can expand degree delivery by combining the best of college and university to meet the evolving needs of our region and economy.

The innovative plan by the Georgian University Partnership Centre and Lakehead University to create expanded university studies in Central Ontario will be submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) this week.

Unveiled publicly June 17, the Georgian-Lakehead strategy has support from the County of Simcoe and from City of Barrie council.

It was developed in response to a call from the MTCU to increase degree capacity in parts of Ontario with growing demand for postsecondary education.

Under the Georgian-Lakehead plan, by 2030 more than 50 degree programs will be delivered to as many as 6,000 students. Many offerings will be integrated diploma-degrees, allowing students to graduate in four years and enter the workforce sooner, better prepared for their chosen careers.

“This is postsecondary education for the twenty-first century,” says Georgian President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes. “Employers today are asking for more from our graduates – they need people to think and do and lead. Our vision combines the best of college and university education. We will ensure we have productive graduates who join the workforce ready to fully contribute and strengthen the economy.”

Georgian University Partnership Centre and Lakehead University have the capacity to add up to an additional 2,000 students without building new infrastructure – 1,200 students at Georgian’s Barrie Campus, many in the state-of-the-art Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness, and 800 at Lakehead University’s campus in Orillia.

“Our partnership builds on the strengths of each institution by leveraging available resources, infrastructure and advanced, high-tech facilities to ensure effective and efficient use of taxpayer dollars,” says Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “It is realistic, achievable and responsible.”

Under the plan to be submitted to MTCU, when existing capacity is filled, the project would include the creation of two new buildings over the next three to 10 years. One thousand Design and Visual Arts students in degree and diploma programs would eventually be located in downtown Barrie, connecting them to the city’s vibrant business and cultural scene. The move downtown would also include an entrepreneurship hub and business incubator. Another building would be constructed on Georgian’s current Barrie Campus to accommodate up to 600 new engineering, technology, environmental and science degree students.

“We know the new provincial government has a huge challenge ahead balancing the need for growth with fiscal realities,” says West-Moynes. “In the meantime, our region has fallen behind on needed undergraduate degree education. We believe our plan resolves that dilemma immediately. Given approval, we could start tomorrow.”

Residents benefit from County of Simcoe’s investment in education

Published on Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014

A group of executives, standing around an oversized cheque
Simcoe County Council presents its final pledge payment in support of its $2-million commitment to Georgian College’s Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness. Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes accepts the cheque from Warden Cal Patterson, alongside Georgian alumnus and County paramedic Garrett Hookey. Council continues to support the college’s John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus to increase access to postsecondary education for county residents.

When Georgian College paramedic student Garrett Hookey spoke at the grand opening of the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness in 2011, he didn’t know his future employer was right behind him.

On that August day, Warden Cal Patterson shared a spot on the platform to represent the County of Simcoe and its $2-million investment in local health and wellness postsecondary education. Continue reading