Collingwood entrepreneur donates to growing Georgian campus
September 26, 2012

Barry Kelly is lovin’ the endless possibilities offered at Georgian College.

The former owner of four Georgian Triangle McDonald’s restaurants has worked with hundreds of high school students and young adults over his career and it is important to him that they have the resources they need to pursue their goals, many of which require education.

Kelly donated $25,000 to Georgian’s John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus on Tuesday.

“As a long-time Collingwood resident, I wanted to support the community to ensure residents can access everything they need for a prosperous future locally,” says Kelly.

The Kelly family donation brings Georgian College to 93 per cent of its $750,000 fundraising campaign for this campus.

Lynn Hynd, Manager of Campus Services and Community Relations at the Collingwood location says the campus has experienced tremendous growth thanks to community support.

“This growth is only possible because we now have a permanent location. We can invest in technology to deliver programs we couldn’t before.”

Last week the campus launched its first Ontario Telemedicine Network course by video conference which allows a co-hort of students from both the South Georgian Bay and Barrie campuses take specialized health care studies in peri- and post-anesthesia nursing.

Hynd says the campus was also recently approved to offer two new post-secondary programs starting in fall 2013, which are Hospitality Skills and Technology Fundamentals. This means the campus now offers four post-secondary pathways in the areas of health care, business, hospitality and technology.

“Students from this region have so much more available to them thanks to the vision the college and its donors have for this campus,” says Hynd.

To learn more about programs at the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus, visit www.georgiancollege.ca/connect/campuses/south-georgian-bay.