Benefits of being a member
- get exclusive discounts from more than 40 partners through the Perks program
- keep up-to-date with what’s happening at Georgian:
- celebrate the achievements of our graduates through profiles and annual award celebrations
- take advantage of volunteer opportunities such as participating in events like convocation and Open House
- get help planning reunions
As soon as you graduate, you automatically become a member of the Georgian College Alumni Association!
Message from the Chair
Greetings fellow alumni,
As a proud alumnus of Georgian College, I could not be prouder of our college’s accomplishments. With this being my last message as Chair of the Alumni Association Executive Council, I wanted to express my deep gratitude to all of our alumni for giving me this honour to serve, advocate and grow our association.
Each year, as we welcome new students to Georgian, we are reminded of the great legacy left behind by our wonderful alumni. As your Council Chair, it has been my goal to work with our alma mater and the full Alumni Council to raise public awareness of the great things our alumni are doing each and every day. As a council, we have worked hard to grow our membership, assist with development of fundraising opportunities, grow the connections between current and future alumni and to promote exciting activities and events for alumni and their families.
To ensure our family of more than 82,000 alumni is strong, we introduced the exclusive Georgian Alumni Network this past year, which helped to break down barriers and connect our global network in a single space. This space is yours, and I encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities it provides.
I complete my term as Chair during a challenging period for so many. COVID-19 has affected us all in some way, but I’m inspired and uplifted by the many stories that continue to appear across our network. Our alumni who work as essential workers have ensured our communities remain strong through this period of uncertainty, and many of our alumni-turned-entrepreneurs have adapted their businesses to make necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to support essential businesses and service providers. We are a family and I think I speak for us all when I extend to you a heartfelt thank you.
In looking to the future, your Alumni Association Executive Council approved the new slate of council members this past Thursday, which will be led by our new Chair, Arjun Batra, class of 2007. It is a strong group of alumni who I truly believe reflect the wonderful diversity in our membership and I can’t wait to see the great things to come. I would also be remiss if I did not thank three additional council members who complete their final terms this year: Jeremy Wyant, Owein Chivers and Jake Vella.
And before I close this message, I want to acknowledge two important movements happening this month. Firstly, June is pride month and while the Stonewall riots may have occurred in 1969, the fight for equality continues. As allies and friends, we stand with our LGBT community. Secondly, to our communities of colour. Please know that your alumni association stands in solidarity with you. We support the fight against anti-Black racism and acknowledge that racism, oppression and intolerance exists in our communities. We are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive environment for our members, and to ensuring that your voices are represented and heard.
On behalf of myself, my partner Andrea who is also a proud Georgian alumna, and our twins who arrived this past year – we wish you happiness, good health and much success in the days ahead.
Consider joining the Alumni Association Executive Council
The Georgian College Alumni Association Executive Council (AAEC) is led by a dedicated group of volunteers who help fulfil the Alumni Association’s vision. We’re currently seeking graduates with a passion for their alma mater who:
- have proven leadership skills
- are comfortable with public speaking
- are inspired to mentor others
- wish to expand their professional network
- have previous board experience (an asset, but not required)
- are passionate about helping students and alumni achieve their goals
- have experienced success due, in part, to their Georgian College postsecondary education
- are interested in supporting the growth and evolution of Georgian College
- like to meet new people from all walks of life who share the common thread of being educated at Georgian College
If you are interested in joining this dynamic group, please complete the Georgian College Alumni Association Executive Council application form and submit this, along with your cover letter and resumé, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualified candidates will be contacted by a representative from Georgian.
Current Alumni Association Executive Council
Shaun McCracken, Chair: Business Administration – Professional Golf Management, 2010
Arjun Batra, Vice Chair: Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Manufacturing, 2007
Maria Artuso, Member: Business Administration 2001 and Human Resources Management, Certificate of Achievement, 2001
Amanda Baysarowich, Member: Developmental Services Worker, 2006 and Addictions: Treatment and Prevention, 2008
Christina Beaudin-Smith, Member: Indigenous Community and Social Development, 2018
Lisa Buchanan, Member: Practical Nursing, 2011
Owein Chivers, Member: Business Administration – Marketing, 2012
Kevin Collins, Member: Tourism Management, 1985
Jeff Czetwerzuk, Member: Child and Youth Care, 2019
John Fisher, Member: Mechanical Engineering Technology, 1980, Justice and Public Safety, 1996 and Museum and Gallery Studies, 2018
Jennifer Hunt, Member: Business Marketing, 2004
Diana Soto, Member: Interior Decorating, 2014
Jake Vella, Member: Human Resources Management, 2005
Mark Wretham, Member: Hotel and Resort Operations, 1997 and Hotel and Resort Administration, 1998
Georgian’s annual publication featuring news from our 82,000 alumni worldwide.
It focuses on Georgian successes, alumni profiles, tips for career development and stories about donors and industry partners who are helping to grow the opportunities available to students.
Below are links to the current edition of GeorgianView and past editions.
The Alumni Association is a proud sponsor of both internal and external alumni and student events.
Complete the alumni sponsorship application form to request funding.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
- 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday
- Barrie Campus, Room E200
If you are an entrepreneur or in a leadership position in a business, we encourage you to share your success story in the comments box provided. We use these stories to inspire our students. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor to students, please indicate this in the comment box.